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  • Catalogue Essay


    Even though Toshi-e appeared well after the separation of Provoke, it is still considered a masterpiece of the movement. It took Takanashi some ten years to produce this work carefully considering each frame. Even though we find many traits of Provoke; the darkness, strong grain, and penchant for abstraction, Toshi-e stands apart with its muted poetry and metaphysical atmosphere.Takanashi chose to delegate its graphic design to Seguria Kohei, who was responsible a few years earlier for Kawada’s “The Map”. The Metallic disc on the cover symbolizes the sun rising over the dark mass of Japan.

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Toshi-e

1974

First edition book, self published inTokyo.

44.5 x 29.8 cm. (17 1/2 x 11 3/4 in.

Black cardboard case publisher's with title printed on the back, containing two volumes. First volume : Hard cover, decorated with a polished metal disc on the first page. 288 x 428 mm (11,1/4 x 16,3/4 in) 126 p. 62 B&W photographs. Second volume: Softbound, square back with title and name of the author on label stuck on the frirst cover. 256 x 181 mm (10 x 7,1/4 in). 128 p. 54 B&W photographs. Book housed under first volume. Photographs and hand-written notes in facsimile by Takanashi, poems by Gozo Yoshimatsu. Graphic conception by Kohei Segiura.

Estimate
£5,000 - 7,000 

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm
London