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    Sale 7584

    Photographs

    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 85

    KAWAUCHI RINKO (b.1972)

    Untitled from 'Aila', 2004

    Price Realised  

    KAWAUCHI RINKO (b.1972)
    Untitled from 'Aila', 2004
    oversized chromogenic print
    signed in Japanese in ink on label with typed credit, title, date and number '5/6' on backing board
    39¾ x 39¾in. (101 x 101cm.)


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    This print is number 5 from the sold-out edition of 6.

    Kawauchi's work has garnered international acclaim. Widely admired for her lyrical images, Kawauchi transforms the ordinary into dream-like photographs tinged with nostalgia and melancholy. For her series Aila [Family], she focuses on nature's fleeting beauty, the subjects of creation and destruction, of life and death.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    JAPANESE PHOTOGRAPHY SINCE 1960

    Just when it seems that everything has been photographed, in every possible way, along comes a photographer whose work is so original that the medium is renewed. Such a photographer is Rinko Kawauchi, who makes simple, lyrical pictures, so fresh and unusual that they are difficult to describe or classify.

    MARTIN PARR & GERRY BADGER from The Photobook


    Literature

    Kawauchi, Aila, Foil, 2005, n.p. (figs.1-2).