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    Sale 13430

    Asobi: Japanese & Korean Postwar Art

    11 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 76

    Kenji Misawa (b. 1945)

    Column Series: All Over Walk

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    Kenji Misawa (b. 1945)
    Column Series: All Over Walk
    marble, granite, stainless steel, iron and iron powder
    100 x 25 x 25 cm. (each)
    (4)Executed in 1983

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    Kenji Misawa was born in Nagano in 1945 and in 1968 graduated from Tama Art University, Tokyo having studied in the department of oil painting under Yoshishige Saito (1904-2001), a professor at the university from 1964-73. In 1967, his fourth year of university, he began working as an assistant to the artist Tomio Miki (1937-1978) which continued for ten years until Miki’s early death in 1978.

    Aged 23, Kenji Misawa won the Grand Prize at the 1st International Exhibition of Modern Art (Hakone Open-Air Museum, 1969) with Untitled, a 7.6m high vertical chain. During the late 1960s and early 70s Misawa was involved with Mono-ha, assisting Nobuo Sekine with his work Phase of Nothingness. From October 1984 to September 1985 he worked in Isamu Noguchi’s studio in New York as part of the Overseas Study Program for Artists of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.

    All Over Walk, 1983 comprises four columns, each of a different type of stone or marble and some combined with metal. One is covered with carved lines creating a tension like an electronic current sparking. The white marble column inlaid with stainless steel plates in geometric forms fuses metal and stone, whilst the column with the ordered iron lattice design conveys a steady fusion. Also evoking the four seasons, All Over Walk is immediately at one with nature.

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    Kenji Misawa and Kunihiko Fujii, Misawa Kenji no sekai: KIZAMU Nothing is impossible, (Nagoya, 2015), p. 49


    February 1983: Dai-san-kai Kita-kanto bijutsu ten (3rd Kita-Kanto Art Exhibition), Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
    9th - 30th May 1983: Landscape Physical Experiment, Gallery 505, Ginza, Tokyo (solo exhibition)
    9th - 30th September 1988: Misawa Kenji 1988, Kirin Plaza, Osaka (solo exhibition)
    1990: Yokohama Business Park (solo exhibition)