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    Sale 2119

    Contemporary Design

    8 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 18

    SHIRO KURAMATA (1934-1991)

    A LAMINATED GLASS CHAIR, DESIGNED 1976

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    SHIRO KURAMATA (1934-1991)
    A Laminated Glass Chair, designed 1976
    executed by the Mihoya Glass Co. Ltd., Japan, number 29 from the edition of 40
    35 1/8 in. (89.2 cm) high, 35 3/8 in. (89.8 cm.) wide, 23 5/8 in. (60 cm.) deep


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    cf. Exhibition catalogue, Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 1996, pp. 24, 42, 43 and 149.
    C. and P. Fiell, (eds.), Domus, vol. VIII, 1975-1979, Cologne, 2006, p. 366.
    A. Isozaki, S. Kuramata, E. Sottsass, Shiro Kuramata 1967-1987, Tokyo, 1988, p. 57.

    This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Mieko Kuramata.

    With his 'Glass' chair appearing almost immaterial, Kuramata playfully turns our expectations for the functionality of the piece upside down. By dissolving the solidity of the form, he questions its ability to support our weight, encouraging us to imagine its disappearance all together.

    Another 'Glass' chair from this edition was included in the exhibition Shiro Kuramata 1934-1991 at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, June - September 1996, which traveled to Centro Cultural/Arte Contemporaneo A.C., Mexico City, April - June 1997; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, August - December 1997; Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University, February - May 1998; Musée des Arts Décoratifs de Montreal, Canada, June - September 1998; Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, October - December 1998; Österreichisches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, January - March 1999; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, June - August 1999.

    Provenance

    Private collection, Japan.