From our newsletter archives. Originally published November 8, 2017.
Sadly, this photo portfolio by Toyo Tsuchiya (1948–2017) was his last work before passing unexpectedly, just two weeks after this newsletter was originally published.
Gallery 98’s current online exhibition Linus Coraggio, Toyo Tsuchiya, and the Rivington School, 1983–95 resurrects the idiosyncratic junkyard sculpture garden created by artists who called themselves the “Rivington School.” A chaotic collection of metal scraps welded together, reaching 20 feet high at some points, the crammed assemblage was demolished in 1987.
A highlight of the online exhibition is a specially created portfolio of photographs by Toyo. The portfolio, made of matboard and foamcore, measures 23.75 inches across, and features as its cover a panoramic view showing the garden as it looked in 1987. Inside are an additional eleven 8 x 10 inch digital prints that have been signed and annotated by Toyo.