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    Sale 14498

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

    11 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 26

    Shoko Maemoto (b. 1957)

    The Story of HOUJU

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    Shoko Maemoto (b. 1957)
    The Story of HOUJU
    sealed Sho (lower right)
    signed Shoko Maemoto, titled and dated Houju Monogatari 85 (on the reverse of left panel)
    acrylic on panel (triptych)
    162 x 390 x 6.5 cm.
    (3)Painted in 1985


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    Shoko Maemoto was born in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1957. She graduated from Kyoto Seika College in 1980 followed by B-zemi Learning System of Contemporary Art in 1982. Resisting the general concept that only oil on canvas can be called “art,” she started to produce her own unique works in relief with applied materials including paper-mâche´, marbles, beads, mirrors and sequins. Later she incorporated friends, artists and musicians into her work in a story-like manner. Key motifs are nude female figures richly decorated with patterns, masks and dresses, surrounded by explosions of vivid designs and colours.

    Her work has been exhibited both in Japan and internationally including:

    1984: 5th Sydney Biennale
    1987: Monoha to posuto Monoha no tenkai: 1969-nen iko no Nihon no bijutsu (Art in Japan Since 1969 : Mono-ha and Post Mono-ha), Seibu Museum of Art
    1989: Bijutsu no kuni no ningyotachi (Man: in Another Dimension of the Human Form), The Miyagi Museum of Art
    1989-1991: Against Nature: Japanese Art in the Eighties, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and others

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    Pre-Lot Text

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


    Literature

    Gallery Kobayashi, THE EIGHTIES 80 nendai no bijutsu (Art in the 80s), (Tokyo, 1990), p. 88-89
    Shoko Maeda, Issho ni iko paradaisu (Let’s go to Paradise Together), (Tokyo, 1992), p. 86-87
    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. 98, p. 115


    Exhibited

    1983: Rinkai geijutsu: 83-nen no iso-ten (The critical point in art: exhibition of ’83 phase), Muramatsu Gallery, Tokyo
    1986: ART in FRONT ’86, Seikimatsu geijutsu no saizensen (the front line of fin-de-siècle art), Aoyama Spiral Garden, Tokyo
    2001 - 2002: Through a Collectors Eye: Japanese Art after 1945, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma and The Museum of Art, Ehime