(Japan 1959– )
73.0 x 80.0cm image; 85.0 x 61.0cm sheet
Agemaki was a leading courtesan in the Yoshiwara gay quarters of Edo (the old name for Tokyo) during the Edo period (1615-1867). She has been immortalised in the one-act Kabuki play Sukeroku, the name of the most famous dandy of Edo and the hero of Edo townsmen. Sukeroku and an evil samurai, the bearded Ikyu, contend over Agemaki in a comic and emotive play that is one of the so-called Kabuki Eighteen Favourites which were selected by the famous Danjuro line of actors. Typical of a high-ranking courtesan of the Yoshiwara district, Agemaki has an elaborate hairstyle and wears her obi tied at the front.
Takahashi was born in Kanagawa were he still lives. He was educated at Nihon University.
Jackie Menzies, Contemporary Japanese Prints: The Urban Bonsai, 1992, pg. 92.
Jackie Menzies (Australia) (Author), Contemporary Japanese Prints : The Urban Bonsai, Sydney, 1992, 92, 99 (colour illus.). cat.no. 60
The Urban Bonsai, Queensland Art Gallery, 04 Mar 1992–04 May 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, National Art Gallery, Wellington, 20 Jun 1992–09 Aug 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Christchurch Art Gallery, 12 Sep 1992–29 Oct 1992.
The Urban Bonsai, Manawatu Art Gallery, 13 Nov 1992–10 Jan 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, The George Adams Gallery, Victorian Arts Centre, 18 Mar 1993–25 Apr 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 08 May 1993–01 Aug 1993.
The Urban Bonsai, Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 11 Mar 1994–24 Apr 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, The Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University, 19 May 1994–19 Jun 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 15 Jul 1994–21 Aug 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Moree Plains Gallery, 11 Nov 1994–24 Dec 1994.
The Urban Bonsai, Tweed River Regional Art Gallery, 01 Feb 1995–05 Mar 1995.