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
    Hiroshima/Yokosuka: Miyako Ishiuchi, Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo, 5 October – 11 December 1999, another
    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. 71
    Ishiuchi, Sweet Home Yokosuka 1976-1980, New York: PPP Editions, 2010, n.p.
    Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows, Los Angeles: Getty, 2015, pl. 14, pp. 46-47
    Ishiuchi Miyako: Grain & Image, Yokohama: Yokohama Museum of Art, 2017, pp. 228-229

  • Catalogue Essay

    In this bold composition, the windswept grasses fill more than half of the frame. Ishiuchi’s preferred language of grain and the repeated curves of the grasses create an emotionally charged photograph, enabling the viewer to feel the power of the wind and to hear the rustling of the grasses. One of the most important photographs from the project, Yokosuka Story #5 was selected as the image to promote Ishiuchi’s 1977 inaugural Yokosuka Story exhibition.



絶唱、横須賀ストーリー#5 野比海岸, Yokosuka Story #5 Nobikaigan

Gelatin silver print, printed 1977.
Image: 43.2 x 53.5 cm (17 x 21 1/8 in.)
Sheet: 45.5 x 55.5 cm (17 7/8 x 21 7/8 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 one of the prints made by Ishiuchi for the purpose of her first solo show Yokosuka Story at Nikon Gallery, Tokyo; the exhibited print is held at Yokohama Museum of Art. As of this writing, the J. Paul Getty Museum and Yokohama Museum of Art each holds an early print, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York holds a later 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.

£15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for £27,500

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London Auction 16 May 2019