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Leiko Ikemura:  Ceramic Sculptures and Related Works

Sculpture, painting, photography
The first monograph to be published in Japan tracing the practice of Leiko Ikemura, from latest works to earliest offerings


Since leaving Japan in 1972 and basing herself in Europe, Leiko Ikemura has worked in a diverse range of media, including painting, sculpture, and drawing, in her ongoing exploration of the fundamental meaning of human existence. While she has long maintained a high profile overseas, her steady development as an artist since the early 1980s has in recent years become more widely known in her homeland as a result of a solo exhibition at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum in 2006 and mid-career retrospective at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and Mie Prefectural Art Museum in 2011–2012. (Mie being where Ikemura was born and raised).

Leiko Ikemura: Ceramic Sculptures and Related Works traces the artist's path from her latest works, featured in the solo exhibition Leiko Ikemura: PIOON at the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, back to the 1980s, showing the enormous diversity of her artistic expression with the aid of around one hundred illustrations. As well as featuring for the first time photographs taken by the artist of her own sculptural pieces, the comprehensive text includes discussions of Ikemura's work by several Japanese and overseas contributors.

With texts by: Elisabeth Bronfen (scholar, visual culture), Donald Kuspit (art critic), Midori Matsui (art critic), Keisuke Mori (curator, Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum), Elisabeth Plessen (poet), Koichi Tanokura (poet).

Book design: Takuma Hayashi
Editors: Yoko Mori, Keisuke Mori, Yuriko Takimoto
Size: 297 x 227 mm
Pages: 224, hardcover
Bilingual: Japanese/English
Publisher: Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum and NOHARA

October 8, 2014
ISBN: 978-4-904257-24-1
Price: 4,200 yen (plus tax)

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