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Sigmar Polke
Alice In Wonderland (signed)


Very scarce first edition copy of this fine Japanese Polke catalogue, signed by Sigmar Polke.
Published in 2005/2006 to accompany the Sigmar Polke exhibition “Alice In Wonderland” held at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo and the National Museum of Art in Osaka, this handsome catalogue features many full-colour reproductions of Polke’s paintings and drawings throughout.
“This exhibition is composed mainly of works in the collection of the artist, so it might be described as an exhibition of “Polke by Polke.” In it, we examine the artist’s career through approximately 30 of his large-scale paintings, from his early masterworks Alice in Wonderland (1971), and representative pieces of the 1980s and 1990s to some of his most recent work.”
Includes texts in English and Japanese by Peter-Klaus Schuster, Wataru Hayashi, and more, plus an interview with Polke, biography, bibliography, exhibition list and list of exhibited works.
Comes wrapped in printed paper dust-jacket with Sigmar Polke’s signature penned into the front flyleaf.

A very collectable Polke publication!

Polke is a major contemporary German artist and one of the most noted painters in the world. Polke was born in Oels, Silesia, formerly an eastern part of German territory, in 1941. At age 12 he moved to West Germany. After studying at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, he began making paintings incorporating photographs and references to American pop art and he has continued to develop experimental methods. Paintings that show the raster dots used in printing became his trademark and he also produced paintings on printed fabric or transparent materials instead of canvas. With broad knowledge and penetrating observation, parody, irony, and a sense of humor, he has combined a wide variety of motifs from the everyday life of contemporary people, fairy tales, history, military events,myths, and alchemy. These groups of images arouse the imagination of viewers. They are both fascinating and enigmatic. He received the Gold Lion Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2002.

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Tetsumi Kudo
Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective

This enormous and exhaustive volume on the work and life of Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo was produced to accompany the recent, most comprehensive retrospective exhibition of his work, “Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective”, that toured Japan throughout 2013-2014 (The National Museum of Art, Osaka; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori).

Like the exhibition, this wonderfully designed and compiled book is the most comprehensive publication on Tetsumi Kudo ever published. The book breaks-down the periods of production, activity and major bodies of work/installations in Tetsumi Kudo’s career alongside his ever-evolving philosophy of complex ideas thus: “1956-1962 “From Anti-art to the Philosophy of Impotence”; 1962-1969 “From Your Portrait to Cultivation by Radioactivity”; 1969-1970 “A Brief Return To Japan and The Making of Monument to Metamorphosis”; 1970-1975 “From Portrait of Ionesco to Pollution-Cultivation-New Ecology”; 1975-1979 “From Portrait of Artist in the Crisis to Waiting for the Revelation in the Rain of Heredity-Chromosome”; 1980-1990 “From Paradise and the Structure of the Emperor Systme to the Soul of the Avant-garde Artist”.

Amongst an endless stream of visual documentation of Kudo’s individual artworks, installations and performances, the book comprises of many republished texts by the artist himself throughout his career, as well as texts by Atsuhiko Shima, Yasuyuki Nakai, Takashi Fukumoto, Tomohiro Masuda, Takayo Lida, Toru Ikeda.

The book also includes a list of works for the exhibition, a thorough biography/exhibitions/bibliography section, Tetsumi Kudo’s notes (including the many drawings and plans Kudo made for his installations, artworks and exhibition designs), and a photographic catalogue of works by Tetsumi Kudo, 1955-1988.

By far the most exhaustive document on the prolific work and unique vision of this important Japanese artist.
Sadly, this publication is now completely out of print and unavailable at even the museums for which it was produced.

All texts are in both English and Japanese.

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1935 Kudo first gained notoriety in the Tokyo art scene of the late 50s. He began exhibiting his work at the Salon of Independents, Yomiuri and had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Blanche, Tokyo. He was awarded the Grand Prize and a travel grant to Paris through his painting participation in the 1962 Second International Young Artists Exhibition in Tokyo. Immigrating to Paris, he immediately started working in a range of media–objects, sculpture, installation, drawing and painting–and presenting numerous Happenings and performances. Kudo’s work and activities intersect with many important postwar artistic trends–including French Nouveau Realisme, Fluxus, Pop art, 60s anti-art tendencies and 80s Postmodernism. Throughout his life and career, Kudo remained particularly Japanese while his art and vision were consistently and uniquely transcultural, internationalist and cosmopolitan. His work made international appearances at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1972), Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany, (1970), Venice Biennial (1976), and the Biennial São Paulo (1977, awarded a special mention) while also appearing frequently in museums and galleries throughout Japan and France, with a growing recognition in the Netherlands.

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Tetsumi Kudo
Contestation / Création

Rare, out of print exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show of Tetsumi Kudo held October 6 – November 29, 1994.
Heavily illustrated with text by Keiji Nakamura and Didier Semin. Includes list of works in the exhibition, biography, and bibliography. Black-and-white and colour images throughout.
Text in Japanese and French.
As New copies.

Born in Osaka, Japan, in 1935 Kudo first gained notoriety in the Tokyo art scene of the late 50s. He began exhibiting his work at the Salon of Independents, Yomiuri and had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Blanche, Tokyo. He was awarded the Grand Prize and a travel grant to Paris through his painting participation in the 1962 Second International Young Artists Exhibition in Tokyo. Immigrating to Paris, he immediately started working in a range of media–objects, sculpture, installation, drawing and painting–and presenting numerous Happenings and performances. Kudo’s work and activities intersect with many important postwar artistic trends–including French Nouveau Realisme, Fluxus, Pop art, 60s anti-art tendencies and 80s Postmodernism. Throughout his life and career, Kudo remained particularly Japanese while his art and vision were consistently and uniquely transcultural, internationalist and cosmopolitan. His work made international appearances at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1972), Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany, (1970), Venice Biennial (1976), and the Biennial São Paulo (1977, awarded a special mention) while also appearing frequently in museums and galleries throughout Japan and France, with a growing recognition in the Netherlands.

 

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