Ishiuchi Miyako - Photographs London Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Gallery Past Rays, Yokohama, 2009
    Private Collection, Tokyo

  • Exhibited

    絶唱、横須賀ストーリー Yokosuka Story, Nikon Salon in Ginza, Tokyo, 26 April - 1 May, 1977, other prints
    Ishiuchi Miyako Mother's 2000-2005: Traces of the Future, 51st International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale, 12 June – 6 November 2005, another
    Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows
    , Getty, Los Angeles, 6 October 2015 – 21 February 2016, another

  • Literature

    Ishiuchi, 絶唱、横須賀ストーリー Yokosuka Story, Tokyo: Shashin Tsushinsha, 1979
    Ishiuchi, Mother's 2000-2005: Traces of the Future, Tokyo: The Japan Foundation, 2005, p. 75
    Ishiuchi, Sweet Home Yokosuka 1976-1980, New York: PPP Editions, 2010, n.p.
    Ishiuchi Miyako: Hasselblad Award 2014, Berlin: Kehrer, 2014, p. 12
    Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows, Los Angeles: Getty, 2015, pl. 12, p. 44
    Ishiuchi Miyako: Grain & Image, Yokohama: Yokohama Museum of Art, 2017, pp. 228-229

  • Catalogue Essay

    Here, we see a close up of the back of an American wearing a denim jacket embroidered with a skull and crossbones and the words ‘USS Rathburne’ and ‘You’ll Never Go Again!!’ as he is about to cross the road. The ambiguity of the scene is highlighted in Ishiuchi’s choice of angles and cropping. Her manipulation of the photographic image in the camera and in the darkroom enables her to tell a personal story that also alludes to broader themes of alienation and disaffection of urban life in post-war Japan.



絶唱、横須賀ストーリー#73 大滝町 Yokosuka Story #73 Ōdaki-chō

Gelatin silver print, printed 1977.
Image: 23.3 x 28.3 cm (9 1/8 x 11 1/8 in.)
Sheet: 25.2 x 30.5 cm (9 7/8 x 12 in.)

Signed in rōmaji, titled in Japanese and dated in ink on the verso; signed, titled and dated in ink on a Certificate of Authenticity accompanying the work.

This work is believed to be the first print she made of this image, which she kept for herself. As of this writing, the J. Paul Getty Museum and Yokohama Museum of Art each holds an early print. Early prints of Yokosuka Story are exceedingly rare.

Please note that the artist’s name appears in Japanese order with the surname before the forename.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £10,625

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London Auction 16 May 2019