JIRO TAKAMATSU (1936-1998)
JIRO TAKAMATSU (1936-1998)
JIRO TAKAMATSU (1936-1998)
JIRO TAKAMATSU (1936-1998)
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JIRO TAKAMATSU (1936-1998)

Number 138

JIRO TAKAMATSU (1936-1998)
Number 138
signed, dated and numbered ‘JIRO TAKAMATSU 1966 NO.138’ (on the reverse)
mixed media and oil on panel
100 x 80 x 19 cm. (39 3⁄8 x 80 1⁄2 x 7 1⁄2 in.)
Executed in 1966
Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
New Smith Gallery, Brussels
Acquired from the above by the previous owner
Thence by descent to the current owner
Private Collection, Europe

This work is referenced in the archive of Jiro Takamatsu and will be included in the artist’s forthcoming catalogue raisonne prepared by Yumiko Chiba Associates.

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Jiro Takamatsu is one of the most influential Japanese Modern artists, particularly in the 50s-60s in which Tokyo transformed itself from the capital of a war-torn nation into an international hub for arts. Takamatsu represented Japan in the Venice Biennale in 1968 and participated in Documenta VI in Kassel, Germany in 1977. The Avant Garde artist was a major cultural leader in the Japanese art scene, who paved way for further developments in the region.

Artist #138 (lot 342) was painted in 1966 - a critical year for the artist and from where onwards his career soared. This was the year that Jiro Takamatsu held his first-ever solo exhibition “Identification” at Tokyo Gallery, featuring the early works in his Shadows series. This was also the miracle period for the artist’s country for just two years before the iconic series was put on stage, Japan successfully held her first Olympic Games in 1964 - the first opportunity of the nation to shine internationally demonstrating glorious recovery from the war.

The collection Shadowing Reality presents Artist #149 (lot 42) in the Evening Sale, in addition to Artist #138 (lot 342) and Artist #147 (lot 343) in the 20th Century Art Day Sale this season. These are important works from a distinguished collection in Europe, in which the works have been kept private and never-seen since at least the 1980s. Artist #149 (lot 42), Artist #138 (lot 342) and Artist #147 (lot 343) are astonishing, rare works by Takamatsu, highlighted by the impeccable provenance originating from Tokyo Gallery and the celebrated series that the artist is most known for.

Jiro Takamatsu studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music but he was more successful at the forefront of the Avant-Garde movements in Tokyo. His works balance between multiple disciplinaries, referencing Dada, Surrealism, Conceptual and Minimalism. Jiro Takamatsu was the founding member of Hi Red Center, a Japanese Fluxus collective like the American counterparts Joseph Beuys and Allan Kaprow, and a key figure in the Mono-Ha movement that was led by artists Lee Ufan and Nobuo Sekine.

The artist has held multiple major exhibitions, including a landmark retrospective at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2014-2015. His works are collected in major institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Modern, London, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; as well as renowned private collections such as the Rachofsky Collection, Dallas.

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