Lot 035 Ravenel Autumn Auction 2019

Ravenel Autumn Auction 2019


Kazuo SHIRAGA (Japanese, 1924 - 2008)


Oil on paper

27.5 x 24.5 cm


TWD 950,000-1,300,000

HKD 241,000-329,000

USD 30,700-42,000

CNY 220,000-301,000

Sold Price

TWD 1,320,000

HKD 338,462

USD 43,279

CNY 304,147


Signed lower left Shiraga in Kanji
Signed reverse Kazuo Shiraga in Kanji, dated November, the 50th year of Showa in Kanji, and titled Work in Kanji

Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
Private collection, Taiwan


“I decided to let go of all existing rules and move boldly forward. One day, I replaced my painting knife with a wooden stick before discarding it impatiently. I began to paint with my palms and fingers. Then, I felt that I needed to be more fearless. That was when I started using my feet!." - Kazuo Shiraga

Kazuo Shiraga was an important and representative member in the Gutai group. He is best known for his performance painting practice with his feet. The aesthetics of this abstract expression is full of Shiraga's personal style and power. Appreciated by collectors around the world, he is an indispensable member in contemporary art history. Kazuo Shiraga's works are collected by world-class museums including the National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo in Japan, the Centre Georges Pompidou in France, and the Walker Art Center in the USA. The use of strong, high chroma red is also a part of Kazuo Shiraga's famous, trademark technique. This color is also a strong symbol in Eastern culture, representing positive elements such as life and brightness. This feature makes Shiraga's work even more unique and attractive among the majority of contemporary artworks based on Western ideologies.
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Ravenel Autumn Auction 2019

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 12:00am