Mr. - Contemporary Day Sale London Sunday, June 28, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo

  • Catalogue Essay

    The border between art and hobby is unclear in the work of Mr. During his part-time job as a junk dealer in Japan, he began drawing anime-like pictures of his favourite celebrities on the back of old receipts. The use of receipts as zero-cost canvases designates his work as a form of Japanese Arte Povera. Mr. is a hybrid of two disparate archetypes: he exists at the bottom of the Japanese social scene (otaku) and is also a recognised artist. It is this paradigm that gives his art critical acclaim.
    (Press release, Stephen Friedman Gallery, 'Jap in a Box', 26 October - 27 November 2001)


Oedo Kunoichi Ninpocho

Gouache on 161 receipts.
Installation dimensions: 140 x 190 cm. (55 1/8 x 74 7/8 in).

£8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for £23,750

Contemporary Day Sale

29 June 2009, 4pm