• 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 24

    Tadashi Kawamata (b. 1953)

    Model for Project Work, Saitama and two preparatory drawings

    Estimate

    Tadashi Kawamata (b. 1953)
    Model for Project Work, Saitama and two preparatory drawings
    the drawing signed in Japanese Kawamata Tadashi, titled Project Work in Saitama, plan (on the reverse)
    plywood, balsawood and acrylic on plywood (model)
    ink and colour on paper (drawings)
    102 x 157 x 73 cm.
    (3)Executed in 1983


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    ORDER AND CHAOS: TADASHI KAWAMATA

    Responding to the extreme reduction of artistic manipulation of the Mono-ha movement in the 1970s, Kawamata’s intensely interactive works address concepts of order and chaos. His projects have taken place all over the world and range from large-scale site-specific installations that envelop actual buildings with derelict lumber to more intimate interior constructions. Kawamata challenges the notion of stability by confronting the viewer with ordinary materials used in an extraordinary fashion.

    Born in Hokkaido in 1953, aged 28 Kawamata Tadashi was selected to exhibit at the Venice Biennale and has gone on to participate to high acclaim in other international exhibitions including Documenta and Art Basel. He is currently a professor of the École Nationale Supérierure des Beaux-Arts, Paris. For details and images of many projects go to: http:/www.tk-onthetable.com/newfiles/act.html


    Project Work, Saitama was realised during the exhibition Shape and Spirit in Wood Works, at the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama in 1983, and was based on this model and drawings. The project occupied the entrance of the museum and was dismantled following the exhibition.

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    Pre-Lot Text

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


    Literature

    The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Shape and Spirit in Wood Works, (Saitama, 1983), cat. no. 8


    Exhibited

    February-March 1983: The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama