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  • Exhibited


    Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art, 13 October 2007 – 14 January 2008

  • Literature


    Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art, p. 255

  • Catalogue Essay


    In the 1970s Yoshimura began to implement a series of work which can only be described as extreme. He moved from painting and began using the medium of pencil to scrupulously depict his new found subjects.These subjects began as mundane yet surreal objects of focus; a wire fence or an entire newspaper, each presented with intricate detail, the shading on the wire joins, the adverts in the newspaper all bringing the essence of the uncanny. In 1981, he took this project one stage further, and took a photograph of himself every day for a year and drew it. The whole project took over nine years to complete. Not deterred, in 1988 he started again, but this time using his immediate self as the subject.
    The result of which was exhibited at the recent exhibition ‘Roppongi Crossing 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art, at the Mori Museum inTokyo. Making one unique work Yoshimura again successfully presents his subject in an alienating, yet intimate portrait.

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Self Portraits: 365 Days

1988-89

Pencil on paper, 365 works.

Each measuring 30.5 x 40.6 cm. (12 x 16 in).

Each dated in pencil on the recto; each signed in pencil on the reverse.

Estimate
£18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for £22,100

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm
London