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Collection

TAKAGAKI Shûko

(Japan 1953 – )

Title
Division-216
Place of origin
Japan
Period
Shôwa period 1926 - 1988 → Japan
Heisei period 1989 - → Japan
Year
1989
Media category
Print
Materials used
woodcut
Edition
6/30
Dimensions

61.5 x 44.0 cm image; 73.0 x 51.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signedl.r., pencil "Shuko". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the artist 1993
Accession number
463.1993
Location
Not on display
Further information

As with other contemporary artists, Takagaki is defining a new world, creating uninhabited dwellings and spaces that tease our knowledge of past and future worlds. He is very interested in ancient history and his forms evoke unknown nomadic tribes. He is also searching for different concepts of contrast as exemplified in this print in which the soft amorphous exterior of an above-ground structure is contrasted with the precision of the internally defined subterranean room.

To create the special effects of his prints, Takagaki prints on both sides of the paper, using water-based colours.

He was born in Hiroshima (which may explain his focus on shelters), was educated at Tama Art University and now lives in Kanagawa.

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 92.

Bibliography (1)

Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 92, 95 (colour illus.). cat.no. 58

Exhibition history (1)

The Urban Bonsai: