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Rinko Kawauchi
Untitled, from the series 'Ametsuchi' – Rinko Kawauchi, Landscape, Fire, Hill

2013

About the Item

Rinko KAWAUCHI (*1972, Japan) Untitled, from the series 'Ametsuchi', 2013 Lambda print 148 x 185 cm (58 1/4 x 72 7/8 in.) Edition of 3; Ed. no. 1/3 Print only Kawauchi, currently one of the most famed contemporary female Asian artists, is a recipient the eminent Annual Infinity Award (2009) from New York’s International Centre of Photography, in the category Art, and similarly was shortlisted in 2012 for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. She has joined and held many group and solo shows both at home and abroad, with major solo exhibitions in the Fondation Cartier pour l’art Contemporain in Paris, London’s The Photographers’ Gallery, the Hasselblad Centre in Gothenburg, Semear Museu de Arte Moderna de Sao Paulo, the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in Shizuoka, or Brussels’ ARGOS Centre for Art & Media. Major group exhibitions to date include those at Munich’s Haus der Kunst, the Huis Marseille in Amsterdam, Museum of Contemporary Art, inTokyo, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Aichi, or the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010: New Documents. Her unique approach is like a “drawing senses”, embracing motifs of every day details as well as cycle of life and its transience, and has been admired by art lovers all over the world. – Ametsuchi Rinko Kawauchi has gained international recognition for her nuanced, lushly colored images that offer closely observed fragments of everyday life. In her series ‘Ametsuchi’ the artist shifts her attention from the micro to the macro, focusing on the volcanic landscape of Japan’s Mount Aso ­– a renowned site of Shinto rituals. The title ‘Ametsuchi’ is comprised of two Japanese characters meaning ‘heaven and earth’, and is taken from the title of one of the oldest pangrams in Japanese – a chant in which each character of the Japanese syllabary is used. In this group of works Kawauchi brings together images of distant constellations and tiny figures lost within landscapes, as well as photographs of a traditional style of controlled-burn farming (yakihata) in which the cycles of cultivation and recovery span decades and generations. Punctuating the series are images of Buddhist rituals and other religious ceremonies – a suggestion of other means by which humankind has traditionally attempted to transcend time and memory. – Photography, Light, Colour, Sky, Abstract, Graphics, Structure, Pattern, Nature, Seasons, Hill, Landscape, Summer, Fire
  • Creator:
    Rinko Kawauchi (1972, Japanese)
  • Creation Year:
    2013
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 58.27 in (148 cm)Width: 72.84 in (185 cm)
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  • Framing:
    Framing Options Available
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  • Gallery Location:
    Zurich, CH
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU128016890192
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