Kage B (Shadow B)

Kage B (Shadow B)
signed, titled and dated in Japanese (on a label affixed to the reverse)
oil on board
91 x 61 cm. (35 7⁄8 x 24 in.)
Painted in 1977
Private Collection
Shinwa Art Auction, 29 January 2011, lot 46
Sotheby’s Hong Kong, 3 April 2017, lot 712
Private Collection, Japan (acquired from the above sale by the previous owner)
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2018.

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Takeo Yamaguchi Artwork Registration Association.
Mizue, no. 901, April 1980, (illustrated, p. 59)
Takeo Yamaguchi, Takeo Yamaguchi Sakuhinshu, Kodansha, Tokyo, Japan, 1981 (illustrated, plate 462).
This work was on loan in the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, from 2017 to 2018.

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Lot Essay

'What I do is not so much abstract, but wanting to get at the root of primitive. […] The boards I paint, I sometimes think, are not pictures or works. I don’t want them to be paintings. I’m simply making movements to make sure I can do something. The multicoloured paint becomes simplified and colourless, then the colour of one’s body.' – Takeo Yamaguchi

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