1089
1089
Maekawa Tsuyoshi
UNTITLED
Estimate
800,0001,200,000
LOT SOLD. 825,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT
1089
Maekawa Tsuyoshi
UNTITLED
Estimate
800,0001,200,000
LOT SOLD. 825,000 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

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Maekawa Tsuyoshi
B. 1936
UNTITLED
signed in Japanese and English and dated 1965/2013 on the reverse
jute and oil on canvas
162.5 by 132 cm; 64 by 52 in.
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Provenance

Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Exhibited

Japan, Tokyo, Whitestone Gallery, The World of Tsuyoshi Maekawa, 27 July - 1 September 2013, unpaginated, pl. no. 7, illustrated in colour 

Catalogue Note

Exhibiting Maekawa Tsuyoshi’s signature pleats of rough burlap, Untitled is archetypal of the Gutai artist’s iconic aesthetic. Maekawa’s singular method involves the artist weaving and gluing spiral-shaped pleats that jut out, at once organically and architecturally, creating curving pockets and lines reminiscent of the patterns in ancient Jomon earthenware. Coloured enamel is then poured over the textured surface, which together with the coarse burlap material results in a raw, primitive sense of power along with a paradoxical luxurious sense of graceful regality. Positioned at the liminal spaces between abstraction and figuration, painting and sculpture, Maekawa’s paintings contain traces of nature such as branches, leaves and water currents, as well as cultural iconographic signs like crosses, columns and grids. Yuling Wang writes: “If we imagine looking at the works from a birds-eye view, the burlap bumps resemble topographical lines, all kinds of fields, [or] the Nazca Lines, or fingerprints” (Yuling Wang, “The Paintings of Tsuyoshi Maekawa: Gutai and Beyond”, in exh. cat. Tsuyoshi Maekawa: Energy Extortionist, Whitestone Gallery, 2015, p. 8). While Italian artist Alberto Burri stuck burnt and ripped scraps of cloth onto his canvas, Maekawa’s method of cutting, folding and sewing brought to life the unique sculptural quality and expressive potential of cloth and fabric, coaxing out an extraordinary sense of authority and structural eloquence. Maekawa used burlap throughout his career, manipulating them into intuitive and commanding compositions that never diminish in their visual and visceral confrontations to the viewer.

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

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Hong Kong