Shadow No.1456

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  • Provenance

    Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo
    Private Collection
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    As a key member of the Mono-Ha movement and founder of the legendary art collective, Hi Red Center, Jiro Takamatsu was perhaps the leader of Japanese avant-garde in the 20th century. Working in the fertile balances between Dada, Surrealism and Minimalism and across the disciplines of painting, sculpture and photography in an oeuvre spanning four decades, Takamatsu sought to break traditional boundaries between high art and quotidian objects – what the artist himself called ‘a descent into the everyday’ (nihijo-sei eno kako).

    Takamatsu’s most celebrated works are his Shadow Paintings, a series begun in 1964 as a critical enquiry into the genesis of painting itself. Inspired by 19th century Japanese painting and woodcuts, the artist sought to investigate the formal underpinnings of the practice through the delicate rendering of human form as shadows. However such works also took on darker undertones, as they recall figural imprints left on the walls of Hiroshima upon its nuclear destruction in 1945. Shadow No. 1456 is a later piece from the series, yet undeniably powerful in its composition. While leaving enough ambiguity to allow the creation of one’s own imagined narrative, Shadow No. 1456 acts as a meta-visual experiment to engage regions of the mind and thus opening portals to the realms of memory, nostalgia and fantasy.

  • Catalogue Essay

    作為一位「物派」運動的重要成員和具傳奇色彩「Hi紅色中心」藝術收藏的創建人, 也許,高松次郎才算得上是20世紀日本前衛藝術的領軍人物。他熟稔地平衡達達主義、超現實主義和極簡主義,同時跨界繪畫、雕塑和攝影,在歷經四十載的藝術生涯期間,高松嘗試著去突破純藝術與尋常物體之間的界限,這位藝術家稱之為"真正的投入日常"。

    高松最著名的作品是影子畫作。這是一組由1964年開始的系列,以批判的態度來探索繪畫起源。其靈感來自19世紀日本繪畫和木雕,藝術家試圖藉由人影與輪廓去探索正規基礎的繪畫訓練。盡管如此,這個系列的作品同時折射出它陰暗的一面,追憶1945年廣島原子彈爆炸時留在牆上的人類印記。《影子 1456號》是這個系列的後期作品,不可否認,它的構圖鮮明有力。高松的畫作浸盈其代表性藝術的標誌和諷喻,筆筆勾勒柔軟飄渺。高松沒有點明作品的意涵,讓觀者自行想像敘事,《影子 1456號》試圖將具體影像抽離,吸引各類思維匯聚,從而開啟不同的記憶、眷戀和幻想。

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Shadow No.1456

signed, titled and dated 'JIRO TAKAMATSU 1997 "No.1456"' on the reverse
acrylic on canvas
116.7 x 90.9 cm. (45 7/8 x 35 3/4 in.)
Painted in 1997.

HK$500,000 - 700,000 

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Hong Kong Auction 26 May 2019