Toshio Shibata - KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture London Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    For almost three decades,Toshio Shibata has explored the ever changing landscape of the countryside of Japan.Throughout history, Japan's population has lived along its coastline. However the continuing migration of inhabitants inland has forced mountainsides to be ravaged to make way for man-made horizontal space. Concrete is sprayed and poured onto the vertical plains, or hoisted as pre-poured grids onto the hillsides. Shibata's work has documented this change and his project shows a surreal yet beautiful juxtaposition between man and earth. Continuing from this aesthetic, his recent colour work, of which this lot is part, retains the MAN:WORK vision, but he moves one stage further to the finished product. An agressive red steel bridge juts out from a hillside, a man made dam cuts through a field, across the print surface like a drawing. His elaborate compositions and exquisite colour prints are works of art that record the existing tension between Japan's great natural beauty and the craftsmanship of its engineers. Shibata's work has been exhibited at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.


Okawa Village, Kochi Prefecture


Colour coupler print.

82.6 x 104.8 cm. (32 1/2 x 41 2/8 in).

Signed, numbered 1/10 in pencil, printed title, date and copyright credit reproduction limitation annotation on a label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £6,500

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm