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  • Description

    Playtime: A Vision of Innocence and Eroticism
    Connecting the dots between art and sex, love and eroticism, 'Playtime' spans our Evening (Lot 18) and Day Sales (Lots 180-195), encompassing mediums from painting and sculpture, to prints and photography.

    玩樂時間
    將藝術、性、愛情與情色串連在一起,《玩樂時間》精選的藝術品橫跨晚間拍賣(拍品18)與日間拍賣(拍品180-195),涵蓋繪畫、雕塑到版畫和攝影等創作媒介。

  • Provenance

    ATM Gallery, New York
    Private Collection, Hong Kong
    Private Collection, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    Tomoo Gokita

    Japanese • 1969

    Best known for grey-scale paintings that combine abstract and figurative elements, Tomoo Gokita is one of the most internationally prominent contemporary Japanese artists. His signature works feature archetypal figures or groups with their faces obscured, evoking haunting film stills or magazine spreads. Gokita enrolled in a local art school in 1988, but dropped out two years later to pursue a career in graphic design. Though he found success as a designer in the Japanese music industry, he felt creatively stifled and returned to painting full-time in the mid 1990s. 

    Similar to the way Gerhard Richter used photographs as a starting point for abstraction, Gokita combines visual references from found imagery with his stylized approach, creating portraits that are both rooted in memory and rich in painterly expression. His precise technique, often characterized by abstract flourishes and gestural swipes, can be traced to influence from New York’s Neo-Expressionists. In this playful manipulation of form, Gokita injects a sense of humor into his work, warping the archetypal into the absurd. Gokita has been the subject of multiple solo exhibitions at many prominent museums and galleries, including the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art in Sakura, Japan. The artist continues to live and work in Tokyo.

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Mask

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2010
signed with the artist's initials, titled and dated '"MASK" TG 2010' on the reverse
acrylic enamel, spray paint on canvas
161.8 x 161.9 cm. (63 3/4 x 63 3/4 in.)
Executed in 2010.

Estimate
HK$500,000 - 700,000 
€57,400-80,400
$64,100-89,700

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020