Category: Art

Jean-Pierre Raynaud

Japanese Jean-Pierre Raynaud catalogue, published in 1981 on the occasion of his major exhibition at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.
Illustrated throughout with examples of his sculptural and spatial works, especially his flower pot and ceramic tile works, including a staging of “Raynaud’s Room” especially for the museum. Includes preface by Toshio Hara (Hara Museum director), essay by Pierre Restany, and artist biography. All texts in both English and Japanese.

For fifteen years now Jean-Pierre Raynaud has been pursuing a solitary, original and severe work which has made him one of the major protagonists of European art. Using the language of objects and the environment, his cement flower pots and his white ceramic tiles set in fine lines of black mortar have made him famous from Sao Paulo to Tel Aviv no less than in Paris, Dusseldorf, Milan, Amsterdam or Brussels.  The pots and tiles translate into forms of daily life the demanding quest for ultimate reality: a sense of life and a vision  of emptiness. For fifteen years now the existential world of Jean-Pierre Raynaud has cast its projected shadow and the sharp profile of its symbols on the mirror of my conscience. To such an extent that I sometimes sense the course of his  work as an integral part of my own mental landscape…” – Pierre Restany

Jean-Pierre Raynaud (b. 1939) is a French visual artist. After graduating from horticultural studies in 1958, he began producing works in the 1960s – his flower pot and white tile works quickly becoming the hallmark of the artist. In 1964, he exhibited at the Salon de la Sculpture in Paris. In 1965, he made his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Jean Larcade in Paris and in 1966 at Mathias Fels. He took part in the IX biennale of São Paulo in Brazil in 1967, in 1970 and 1973 at the Alexandre Iolas Gallery in New York. He is quickly called to exhibit to the four corners of the world. In 1975, he realized the stained – glass windows of the Abbey of Noirlac. In 1969, he began to build his own house at La Celle Saint-Cloud, which is his main work of art. The breath-taking house, with all surfaces lined with white tiles connected by black grids of mortar, represented twenty-four years of research on space. In 1993, he decided to destroy it and exhibited the pieces of the house in surgical containers at the CAPC museum of contemporary art of Bordeaux and at the Venice Biennale in the same year, winning the honorary prize for representing France with this moving work.

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Allen Jones
Allen Jones 1974


One of the finest, rarely seen books on Allen Jones, published in Japan in 1974 on the occasion of a Japanese exhibition in that travelled across Tokyo (at Seibu) and Nagoya (at Meitetsu), the same year. Densely packed, this book is profusely illustrated in colour and black and white with Jones’ drawings, painting, sculptures, designs, posters, prints, book editions, lithographic set editions, photographs of the artist’s studio (by Tim Street-Porter and Yoshio Marumoto), an interview, biography, and bibliography.

Edited by Allen Jones and Yoshio Marumoto.

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Frank Stella

Wonderful over-sized hardcover monograph on the work of Frank Stella, published only in Japan in 1991. Lavishly illustrated throughout with countless works of Stella’s, focussing particularly on his incredible works from the 1970s and 1980s that merge painting and sculpture into brightly coloured three-dimensional constructions. Adding this new, dynamic dimensionality to the painting, incorporating cast aluminium or sculpted fibreglass, each highly decorated or painted piece is set in relief – shadows and perforations become as much a part of the composition as colour and light. Idiosyncratic, unique, cosmopolitan with titles derived from literature or music or a geographical locale, the topographical nature of these works demonstrates what one writer called a “chaotic sea of images,” but it is within this chaos that Stella harnesses to serve steady invention. Beautiful large photographs, including great photographic imagery of Stella’s studio and works in progress, along with an interview and biography to accompany the many large photographs.

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Forrest Bess
Seeing Things Invisible

The eccentric visionary artist Forrest Bess (1911-1977) spent most of his life on the Texas coast working as a commercial fisherman. In his spare time, however, he painted prolifically, creating an extraordinary body of work rich with enigmatic symbolism. Bess experienced hallucinations that both frightened and intrigued him, and he incorporated images from these visions into small-scale abstract paintings starting in the mid-1940s. His canvases attracted an underground following, and between 1949 and 1967, Betty Parsons organized six solo exhibitions of Bess’s work at her prominent New York City gallery. Since then, the art world has periodically rediscovered his work, most recently through a 2012 Whitney Biennial installation by American sculptor Robert Gober, which further exposed Bess’s psychological, medical, and religious theories. Forrest Bess: Seeing Things Invisible is the artist’s first museum retrospective with catalogue in the United States and offers a fresh look at Bess’s work and a better understanding of this curious and complicated artist.

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