• Asobi: Japanese & Korean Postw auction at Christies

    Sale 13430

    Asobi: Japanese & Korean Postwar Art

    11 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 82

    Kishio Suga (b. 1944)

    View of Distant Space

    Estimate

    Kishio Suga (b. 1944)
    View of Distant Space
    signed, titled and dated to the reverse Kishio Suga (on the reverse)
    oil on wood construction
    44.6 x 39.7 x 13.3 cm.
    Executed in 1993


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    Kishio Suga is a central figure of Mono-ha, who studied under Yoshishige Saito at Tama Art University, and is acknowledged to be the most disciplined and long-standing adherent of the movement’s concept. His work shows an emphasis on the ‘situation’ over the ‘things’ themselves. His 1970 work, Unnamed Situation I featured two rectangular wood blocks of different lengths propping open two adjacent windows at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. When listing the components of the work he included not only ‘wood’ but ‘window, air, landscape, light’, thereby re-focussing attention on the entire situation, rather than a single, obvious component.1

    After his emergence as a radical Mono-ha artist, Suga has continued to produce works addressing the themes of “Things” and “Space”. The works by Suga in this sale were executed in 1980s and formed of wood, metal and stone, the Mono-ha framework of minimal artistic intervention and personal expression is clearly evident.

    Kishio Suga’s work has entered numerous museum collections including:
    The Tate, London (go to http:/www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/suga-ren-shiki-tai-t13336/text-summary)
    The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (go to http:/search.artmuseums.go.jp/search_e/records.php?sakuhin=10627)
    The National Museum of Art, Osaka (go to http:/search.artmuseums.go.jp/search_e/records.php?sakuhin=53533)
    An exhibition titled Kishio Suga: Situated Latency, was held at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, January-March 2015. Go to http:/www.mot-art-museum.jp/eng/exhibition/kishiosuga.html

    1. Simon Groom, Encountering Mono-ha, exhibition catalogue, Mono-ha school of things, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, (Cambridge, 2001), p. 13

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