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Shrine of Dancers (Minimalist Abstract Gold Leaf Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist, abstract three dimensional wall sculpture in gold leaf "Shrine of Dancers", by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2018 52 x 16 x 6 inches Precision board, acrylic and gol...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Gold Leaf

Becoming a Dark Thing in the Night (Minimalist Abstract Black Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist abstract three dimensional wall sculpture in black "Becoming a Dark Thing Through the Night", by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 38 x 19 x 5 inches Precision board,...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wax, Plaster, Foam Board, Pigment

Parallel Window (Minimalist Abstract Wall Sculpture in White & Pale Blue)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist, abstract three dimensional wall sculpture in white, pale blue, with a black detail "Parallel Window", by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 22 x 24 x 3 inches Preci...
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2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Pigment, Board, Plaster

I Wish I Could Talk To My Brother (Minimalist Abstract Grey Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist three dimensional wall sculpture in slate grey "I Wish I Could Talk To My Brother Before He Got On the Bus", by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 41 x 15 x 5 inches ...
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2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board, Pigment

Descendant of Cubist (Deep Red Burgundy Minimalist Abstract Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist abstract three dimensional wall sculpture in a deep burgundy red "Descendant of Cubist," by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 40 x 36 x 5 inches Precision board, lac...
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2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Lacquer, Board

The Gate (Minimalist Abstract Standing Sculpture in Bright Red Orange)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist Abstract Geometric standing sculpture in bright red orange with a black steel base "The Gate or Trying to Catch the Rain" by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, made in 2020 18...
Category

2010s Abstract Geometric Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Board, Pigment

Closing Gate (Minimalist 3-D Abstract Wall Sculpture in Bright White)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist, abstract three dimensional wall sculpture in white "Closing Gate Faster Than We Wished", by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 75 x 43 x 10 inches Precision board, ac...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Acrylic, Plaster, Board

If You Touch Me, I Will Push You to the End (Yellow Abstract Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist abstract three dimensional wall sculpture in sunflower yellow "If You Touch Me, I Will Push You to the End," by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 32 x 30 x 6 inches P...
Category

2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Lacquer, Board, Plaster

Black and White (Minimalist Abstract 3D Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
18 x 24 x 8 inches styrofoam and venetian plaster Black and white three dimensional floating high contrast wall sculpture with clean lines Dai Ban presents new series of minimalis...
Category

2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Polyurethane

Black Mirror (Minimalist Horizontal Japanese Abstract Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Black Mirror (Minimalist Horizontal Japanese Abstract Wall Sculpture) by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 35 x 52 x 7.5 inches Precision board, Venetian plaster and pigment ...
Category

2010s Abstract Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Board, Pigment

It's Raining Here, I Wish I Had an Umbrella With Me (White Minimalist Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
32 x 12 x 6.5 carved precision board & Venetian plaster This contemporary, abstract minimalist wall sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2017. The elegant minimali...
Category

2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board

I Can't Hold This Any Longer (Geometric Abstract Minimalist Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
33 x 28 x 15 inches fiberglass, wood & Venetian plaster This contemporary, abstract minimalist free-standing sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2015. The elegant min...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fiberglass, Plaster, Wood

How She Can Dance So Beautifully (Modern Minimalist Abstract Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
54 x 15 x 5.5 inches carved precision board & Venetian plaster This contemporary, abstract minimalist wall sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2017. The elegant minim...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board

Kneeling Figure (Modern Abstract Minimalist Standing Sculpture in White & Black)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
34 x 15 x 9 inches carved precision board, acrylic and Venetian plaster This contemporary, abstract minimalist free-standing sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2016....
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Foam Board, Plaster, Acrylic Polymer

Just Lean on Me (Contemporary Minimalist Standing Sculpture in Green & Black)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
37 x 20 x 15 carved precision board, fiberglass, acrylic & Venetian plaster This contemporary, abstract minimalist free-standing sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2...
Category

2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fiberglass, Plaster, Acrylic Polymer, Foam Board

It's Raining Here I Wish I Had an Umbrella (Minimalist White Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
84 x 24 x 10 inches Precision board and Venetian Plaster Elegantly slender, contemporary minimalist wall sculpture that is extremely lightweight. Long vertical lines, casting shado...
Category

2010s Art Deco Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board

Forest Talks (Minimalist 3D wall Sculpture in Black, Green, White and Gray)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
21 x 29 x 8 inches styrofoam and Venetian plaster Wire on the back for easy installation Dai Ban presents a new series of minimalist sculpture, completely reinvented from his signat...
Category

2010s Art Deco Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Polyurethane

Sunsets (Minimalist Abstract Orange Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
17 x 42 x 7 inches precision board and venetian plaster This horizontal contemporary, abstract minimalist wall sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2017. The elegant mi...
Category

2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Polyurethane

Take a Tank to Kill a Little Sparrow (Abstract Minimalist Standing Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
65 x 38 x 26 inches carved precision board, fiberglass, acrylic & Venetian plaster This contemporary, abstract minimalist tall free-standing sculpture was made by Japanese arti...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Fiberglass, Plaster, Acrylic Polymer, Foam Board

Under Wing of Dove (Minimalist White Three Dimensional Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
40 x 43 x 10 inches precision board & Venetian plaster Elegantly minimal white wall sculpture that is incredibly lightweight and seems to float on the wall, taking on characteristic...
Category

2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board

Parting Horizon (Contemporary Abstract Minimalist White & Black Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
48 x 54 x 5 inches carved precision board & Venetian plaster This horizontal contemporary, abstract minimalist wall sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2017. The eleg...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board

Solitary Man's Sunset (Abstract Minimalist Wall Sculpture in Bright Red-Orange)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
19 x 38 x 8 inches carved precision board & Venetian plaster This horizontal contemporary, abstract minimalist wall sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2017. The eleg...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board

When My Sorrow Eases (Minimalist Abstract White Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist abstract three dimensional wall sculpture in white "When My Sorrow Eases", by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 Precision board, pigment, marble dust and Venetian pla...
Category

2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board, Pigment

I Wish I Could Talk To My Brother (Minimalist Abstract Grey Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
Minimalist three dimensional wall sculpture in slate grey "I Wish I Could Talk To My Brother Before He Got On the Bus", by Japanese born artist, Dai Ban, in 2019 41 x 15 x 5 inches ...
Category

2010s Minimalist Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Pigment, Plaster, Foam Board

Slender Male Dancer (Modern Abstract Minimalist White & Black Wall Sculpture)
By Dai Ban
Located in Hudson, NY
66 x 12 x 6 inches carved precision board & Venetian plaster This contemporary, abstract minimalist wall sculpture was made by Japanese artist, Dai Ban in 2017. The elegant minimal...
Category

2010s Contemporary Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Plaster, Foam Board

Ban Dai For Sale on 1stDibs

Find the exact ban dai you’re shopping for in the variety available on 1stDibs. You can easily find an example made in the Abstract style, while we also have 6 Abstract versions to choose from as well. On 1stDibs, the right ban dai is waiting for you and the choices span a range of colors that includes gray, black, beige and orange. Frequently made by artists working in plaster, board and foam board, these artworks are unique and have attracted attention over the years. A large ban dai can be an attractive addition to some spaces, while smaller examples are available — approximately spanning 17 high and 12 wide — and may be better suited to a more modest living area.

How Much is a Ban Dai?

The price for a ban dai in our collection starts at $1,800 and tops out at $12,500 with the average selling for $3,950.

dai-ban Biography and Important Works

Dai Ban received his education from Musashino Art University in Tokyo and currently lives in the Berkshires. With a background that includes theater set design, model making for TV commercials and films, and jewelry design, Ban’s abstract sculptures break conventional standards, serving balance between reflection and reprieve. Ban came to the United States in 1985 and moved from New York City to the Berkshires in 1993. As a trained artist, Ban used to make figurative sculptures. Ban always prepared sketches, maquettes and plans. Ban knew in advance what the sculptures would look like in the end. Statements explaining them accompanied these works. They had their meanings in place, already fixed behind them. There were no surprises, no conversation between him and the piece being made. Ban was simply recreating with his hands what he had already finished in his head. When Ban realized this and felt how limited it was, he stayed away from making any sculpture for nearly 10 years. In Ban’s work now, the form comes first. Ban chose the simplest tools and materials for the process: a Xacto knife, a straightedge, hot glue and form core board. The process goes fast. Ban avoids intentional thoughts. What happens then seems to emerge from some deep subconscious reservoir: maybe from childhood, maybe from an unconscious feeling in the moment, maybe from something beyond this lifetime. Ben just let it come out until the form feels right. There is a sense of freedom from conscious deliberation. Ban creates for himself a three-dimensional blank canvas with which he is in conversation. Subtle colors come in; Ban may add more colors, take colors out, conversing back and forth. During this process, the light changes; the form looks different even when nothing has changed; the sensed conversation changes, the meaning changes. Finishing the surface is a discipline in itself. Ban avoids decorating it but tries to keep it pared down to what is essential. With hundreds of iterations of the same movements, the same strokes, Ban applies acrylic compound to each surface until he finds the right colors, the right shades, the right textures. Finally, the title crystallizes as a hint to what is happening in his piece. The conversation keeps going, between him and the unknown, until everything is settled into place. Ban is not sure if he expects people to see his work in any special way. Ban certainly doesn't want to impose his ideas. Still, when Ban feels his sculpture is right, he is hoping the viewer will too, and this will allow their first impressions to subside and pre-conceived notions to fall away. Then, perhaps, a deep unconscious process will unfold in response. Each piece, itself a record of a conversation, hopefully, will call the viewer into his or her dialogue with it, where meaning is created in the moment.

Finding the Right Sculptures for You

The history of sculpture as we know it is believed to have origins in Ancient Greece, while small sculptural carvings are among the most common examples of prehistoric art. In short, sculpture as a fine art has been with us forever. A powerful three-dimensional means of creative expression, sculpture has long been most frequently associated with religion — consider the limestone Great Sphinx in Giza, Egypt — while the tradition of collecting sculpture, which has also been traced back to Greece as well as to China, far precedes the emergence of museums.

Technique and materials in sculpture have changed over time. Stone sculpture, which essentially began as images carved into cave walls, is as old as human civilization itself. The majority of surviving sculpted works from ancient cultures are stone. Traditionally, this material and pottery as well as metalbronze in particular — were among the most common materials associated with this field of visual art. Artists have long sought new ways and materials in order to make sculptures and express their ideas. Material, after all, is the vehicle through which artists express themselves, or at least work out the problems knocking around in their heads. It also allows them to push the boundaries of form, subverting our expectations and upending convention. As an influential sculptor as much as he was a revolutionary painter and printmaker, Pablo Picasso worked with everything from wire to wood to bicycle seats.

If you are a lover of art and antiques or are thinking of bringing a work of sculpture into your home for the first time, there are several details to keep in mind. As with all other works of art, think about what you like. What speaks to you? Visit local galleries and museums. Take in works of public art and art fairs when you can and find out what kind of sculpture you like. When you’ve come to a decision about a specific work, try to find out all you can about the piece, and if you’re not buying from a sculptor directly, work with an art expert to confirm the work’s authenticity.

And when you bring your sculpture home, remember: No matter how big or small your new addition is, it will make a statement in your space. Large- and even medium-sized sculptures can be heavy, so hire some professional art handlers as necessary and find a good place in your home for your piece. Whether you’re installing a towering new figurative sculpture — a colorful character by KAWS or hyperreal work by Carole A. Feuerman, perhaps — or an abstract work by Won Lee, you’ll want the sculpture to be safe from being knocked over. (You’ll find that most sculptures should be displayed at eye level, while some large busts look best from below.)

On 1stDibs, find a broad range of exceptional sculptures for sale. Browse works by your favorite creator, style, period or other attribute.