Tomoo Gokita - New Now New York Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • "I am presuming that to deform the human face might be a reaction against my practice of depicting them like crazy when I was young. Probably, I have become tired of depicting faces. Also, I have loved the masked wrestlers of the Mexican Lucha libre and those masks in Africa all this time, and a kind of transformational desire 'to hide a face and to become a different character', which can be symbolised in those masks, may have affected my work. I suppose there exists a certain ghoulish curiosity towards monsters and deformities, too."
    —Tomoo Gokita

    • Provenance

      ATM Gallery, New York
      Private Collection
      Doyle, New York, November 10, 2015, lot 135
      Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

    • Exhibited

      New York, ATM Gallery, Drunko, September 7–October 14, 2006

    • Literature

      Roberta Smith, "Art in Review; Tomoo Gokita," The New York Times, September 15, 2006, section E, p. 29

145

Drunk Flower

signed, titled and dated ""Drunk Flower" Tomoo Gokita 2006" on the reverse
acrylic gouache on linen
28 1/2 x 28 1/2 in. (72.4 x 72.4 cm)
Painted in 2006.

Full Cataloguing

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $22,050

Contact Specialist

Avery Semjen
Head of Sale, New Now
212 940 1207
[email protected]

New Now

New York Auction 28 September 2022