KYOBAI: JAPANESE ART AND CULTURE – A SPECIAL EXHIBITION | London
27 March – 3 April , 2008
KYOBAI: JAPANESE ART AND CULTURE – A SPECIAL EXHIBITION AND AUCTION TO BE HELD AT PHILLIPS DE PURY & COMPANY, LONDON ON APRIL 3 AT 7 PM
CONTEMPORARY ART, DESIGN, CERAMICS AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY CUTTING-EDGE JAPANESE ARTISTS
London – February 6—Phillips de Pury & Company is pleased to announce a sale of works by modern and contemporary Japanese talents to be shown and auctioned at the company’s European headquarters in London on April 3 at 7 pm.
An exhibition of the works offered in the sale will be held from March 27 and be accompanied by a cultural events program to include a showcase of contemporary Japanese short films, artwork created by Shintaro Miyake and traditional tea ceremonies.
Specialists in their respective areas of expertise at Phillips de Pury & Company have carefully selected a group of contemporary art, design, photographs and ceramic works produced by Japanese artists both living in and outside of Japan. This highly curated sale will allow exceptional insights into contemporary Japanese culture, offering works by both leading and emerging artists.
Contemporary Art highlights will include works by established artists such as Yoshitomo Nara’s Room No. 4, 2006 with a pre-sale estimate of £100,000-150,000 and Takashi Murakami’s painted mushroom sculpture Kiniko Isu, 2003, estimated £300,000-500,000. A unique work stemming from the collaboration of two contemporary giants Takashi Murakami and Chiho Aoshima Untitled, 2001 will be on sale with a pre-sale estimate of £20,000-30,000. Works from cutting edge artists Mr. and Aya Takano will also be offered.
The sale will include design pieces by Shiro Kuramata and Isamu Noguchi. In addition, a unique tea pavilion designed by Shigeru Ban, the award-winning and highly acclaimed Japanese architect will be installed in the galleries and offered at the sale.
Many of the ceramics included in the sale will be available to purchase outside of Japan for the first time, including Post-War sculptural forms by mid-century Sodeisha group artists such as Suzuki Osamu and Hayashi Yasuo. Suzuki Osamu’s Standing Figure of the Jomon Era, 1984, is estimated £ 9,000-14,000. Highlights also to include works by the younger generation of contemporary artists who broke free from traditional production methods and regional styles that were prevalent in Japan, prior to World War II. These younger artists are the first generation working in Japan who blend centuries of understanding of the ceramic arts with traditional production methods to produce largely non-functional contemporary forms, inspired by sculpture from other societies whilst retaining something that is distinctly Japanese. The younger generation includes Fukami Sueharu, Tsujimura Shiro, Tsubusa Kato. Among them also Harumi Nakashima’s Number 5, 2003, will be offered with a pre-sale estimate £ 6,000-9,000.
Photographs highlights include works by renowned photographers Nobuyoshi Araki, Daido Moriyama, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Naoya Hatekeyama, as well as cutting edge artists such as Kimiko Yoshida whose work The Bride Blinded, 2003, estimated £10,000-15,000. An exceptional light box installation using 1,000 images by Nobuyoshi Araki, A/Film, produced in 2006 estimated between £ 60,000-80,000 will be offered. Considered one of the most influential photographers from post-war Japan, Nobuyoshi Araki’s expressive work is characterized by sexually-charged and often gritty scenes photographed in the real, combined with a formal aesthetic.
Viewings for Kyobai: Japanese Art and Culture from March 27 – April 3 from 10am – 6pm, and auction will take place on April 3 2008 7pm at:
+ Phillips de Pury & Company | 7, Howick Place, London SW1