National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

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Lucio Fontana

Fantastic Japanese catalogue published by The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama; The Seibu Musuem of Art, Tokyo; The Asahi Shimbun and others in 1986 to accompany the major travelling exhibition of the work of Lucio Fontana in 1986, spanning five institutions across Japan.

This handsomely design (by Ikko Tanaka) full-colour book, presents the work of Italian artist Lucio Fontana across canvas, ceramic, drawing, and relief, dating throughout the 1930 up until the late 1960s, concentrating on his famous Concetto Spaziale works. Includes text by Franco Russoli in English and Japanese, an artist biography, bibliography and catalogue of works exhibited, plus historical photographs of Fontana.

* Condition: Very Good  – All care is taken to provide accurate condition details of used books, photos available on request.

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Contemporary Landscape
From the Horizon of Postmodern Design

Beautiful and extremely scarce Japanese catalogue for the exhibition held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, 1985. Presents 200 pieces of work by 48 designers and architects from Europe, America and Japan. This book profiles many of these important designers through photographs, biographies and text.

Foreword by Michiaki Kawakita and Kenji Adachi. Introduction by Shinji Kohmoto and an essay on Italian radical and neo-radical design by Alessandro Mendini.

Features the work of Aldo Rossi, Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi, Arata Isozaki, Ettore Sottsass, Frank Gehry, Fumihiko Maki, Mario Botta, Masanori Umeda, Matteo Thun, Michael Graves, Michele De Lucchi, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Peter Shire, Richard Meier, Robert Venturi, Ron Arad, Daniel Weil, Shiro Kuramata…

One of the finest and scarcest volumes produced on postmodern design.

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Yasuzo Nojima
and Contemporaries

Catalogue from the 1991 exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Yasuzo Nojima (1889 – 1964) is well known for his contributions to both Japanese and world photography as an artist and publisher.  He was instrumental in raising photography’s status as a fine art in Japan in the 1930s.  He published the periodical Koga in 1932.  The magazine was the first devoted to modern photography in Japan and the first to present Japanese photographers to the rest of the world.

Nojima introduced a new photographic aesthetic to Japan, one that concentrated on the technical and aesthetic qualities of photography in its own right rather than as an imitation of paintings.  Nojima’s early works, which were gum-dichromate prints, had a soft focus with a pictorial vision. His later still lifes and nudes, though still soft, were striking in their simple and direct forms.

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