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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

    Residence Mirai, Berlin (in co-operation with Arataniurano Gallery, Tokyo)
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Residence Mirai, Izumi Kato Paintings, 20-29 April 2012

  • Catalogue Essay

    As part of the body of works that were created during the artist’s tenure at the Residence Mirai Program in Berlin in 2012, these two works are most representative of Izumi Kato’s household subject - fascinating yet enigmatic creatures with embryo-like heads and fully developed limbs. Kato depicts these figures with a silhouette of anonymity, giving them strange oval-shaped faces with features rendered in simple forms and strong colours. His magical figures call to mind the primitive arts, with expressions that evoke totems and the animalist belief that a spiritual force runs through living and mineral worlds alike. Painted during the artist residency program in 2012 as part of an initiative where East Asian artists were given the opportunity to work in Berlin, as well as being introduced to the European market, the two works perfectly embody the artist’s growth and maturity since his participation in the Venice Biennale in 2007, further propelling him onto the international stage with an ever-increasing reputation as a new, complex and innovative artist.

  • Catalogue Essay

    此兩件作品是加藤泉於2012年在柏林參與 Mirai 駐村計劃時所創作,代表了加藤泉藝術中最家喻戶曉的題材,他們有趣又神秘,頭部像個胎兒,四肢卻已生長成熟,加藤泉筆下的這些人物輪廓並不揭示其身份,橢圓形臉龐透著些怪異,五官造形簡單,顏色鮮明。這些神奇的人物令人想起原始主義藝術,表情似圖騰一般,如遠古的動物性信念,相信精神是會穿梭於有機世界和無機世界之間。此次作品是2012年藝術家駐村計劃時創作的,當時的一個倡議是專為東亞藝術家在柏林安排工作機會,並在歐洲市場介紹他們的作品。兩件作品彰顯了藝術家自2007年參加威尼斯雙年展後的進一步成長和成熟,推動他在國際藝壇的複雜又創新之新生代藝術家身份。

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signed, inscribed and dated ‘2012 KATO [in English and Kanji] Berlin' on the reverse
oil on canvas
65 x 55 cm. (25 5/8 x 21 5/8 in.)
Painted in 2012.

HK$65,000 - 85,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 25 November 2019