• Through a Collector's Eye: The auction at Christies

    Sale 14498

    Through a Collector's Eye: The Kenzo Kagami Collection of Postwar Japanese Art

    11 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 25

    Kenshi Yamakura (b. 1956)

    A Bride and Pigman


    Kenshi Yamakura (b. 1956)
    A Bride and Pigman
    signed and dated 82.10 Kenshi Yamakura (on the reverse)
    acrylic, synthetic resin and collage on panel, and figure
    210 x 363 x 18 cm. (the painting)
    41 x 180 x 85 cm. (the figure)
    (2)Executed in 1982

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    Kenshi Yamakura was born in Chiba Prefecture in 1956. He graduated Kyoto Seika College in 1978 followed by B-zemi Learning System of Contemporary Art in 1981. He incorporated life-size figures modelled on his own body into his works, decorating them with vivid colours and bold brushwork. In 1982, at the exhibition Katachi-e Katachi-kara [To shape, from shape] at Muramatsu Gallery in Tokyo, he painted himself with the same paint as an accompanying painting, lay on the floor in front of the painting, and presented it as a performance work. At a solo exhibition at the same gallery in 1987, he also incorporated not only a model of his body but also other three-dimensional objects such as bicycles, chairs and tree branches. After these three-dimensional paintings, he changed his painting style to flat, two-dimensional works. However, he is continuously pre-occupied with body and space in his art.

    Yamakura’s work has been exhibited:
    1986: Scene of Contemporary Japanese Art 3: The New Generation, Miyagi Museum of Art
    1989: Maboroshi no Yamamura korekushon ten (The Legendary Yamamura Collection), Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
    1996: Sengo-bijutsu no danmen ten Hyogo-kenritsu-bijutsukan-shozo Yamamura korekushon kara (Arts from Yamamura Collection in Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art), Chiba City Museum of Art

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    Pre-Lot Text

    Through A Collector's Eye: The Kenzo Kagami Collection of Post-War Japanese Art


    Bijutsu Shuppan sha ed., ‘Tokushu Gendai bijutsu no shinsedai to nyu-sutairu (Featuring the new generation and new style of contemporary art)’ in the monthly art magazine Bijutsu Techo (art handbook), issue no. 508 (Tokyo, March 1983), p. 83
    Kawasaki IBM Civic Cultural Gallery ed., Yamakura Kenshi ten (Kenshi Yamakura exhibition), exhibition catalogue, (Kawasaki, 1992)
    Arata Tani, Kaiten suru hyosho gendai bijutsu datsu-posutomodan no shikaku (Rotating representation – modern art, vision angle of de-postmodern), (Tokyo, 1992), p. 56
    The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma and The Museum of Art, Ehime, Through a Collectors Eye: Japanese Art after 1945, exhibition catalogue, (Japan, 2001), cat. no. 97, p. 114


    1984: Dai 20 kai kyo-no sakka-ten “men” o meguru hyogen no genzai (The 20th Artists Today Exhibition: Contemporary Expression concerning Plane and Surface), Yokohama Civic Art Gallery, Kanagawa
    1986: TAMA VIVANT ’86 “tokehajimeta, sakuin (Index starting to melt)”, the Hachioji campus of Tama Art University, Tokyo and others
    2001 - 2002: Through a Collectors Eye: Japanese Art after 1945, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma and The Museum of Art, Ehime