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Nobuo Sekine (Japanese, b.1942)
LOT ID: 80906
Inlay no. 3, 1980

Mixed Media, gold, silver and metal leaf on paper.
30.12 х 22.44 in. (76.5 x 57 cm.)
Signed, and dated on the lower right front
Lot description
"Inlay no. 3" (1980) is an important example of the mixed-media works on paper by famed Japanese artist Nobuo Sekine, combing cut-out in the paper with layers of metallic leaf in three colors. This work measures 30.12 x 22.44 inches (76.5 x 57 cm), is unframed in excellent condition. The work of Sekine is included in this year's seminal Museum of Modern Art, NY exhibition: "Tokyo 1955-1970" and was also just featured in the major gallery 2012 exhibition: "Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-Ha", at Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, California, that was also exhibited at Gladstone Gallery, New York, curated by Mika Yoshitake, an assistant curator at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C.

Nobuo Sekine received his formal training in the arts with an arts degree from Tama Fine Art College, Tokyo, Japan in 1968. The artist is famous for his participation in the "Mono-ha" movement, which often included such raw materials as stone, wood, paper, fabric, sand and iron plates — set this group of artists apart from the mainstream of contemporary art at the time, which consisted of fabricated works similar to Primary Structures and various kinds of Kinetic and Op objects. His large-scale earth work "Phase of Nothingness", was shown at the Venice Biennale in 1970 to critical acclaim. 2012 and 2011 saw a a series of important museum and gallery shows for the artist including: "Rachofsky House: New Exhibition Space", Dallas, TX; "Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974", Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA (traveled to Haus der Kunst, Munich); "Tokyo 1955- 1970", Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY: "Requiem for the Sun: The Art of Mono-Ha", Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, California and Gladstone Gallery, NY. Other important Museum shows include 2005: "MONO-HA: Reconsideration", The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan and 2001:"Century", Tate Modern Art Gallery, London, U.K. The artist lives and works in Japan.
Inlay no. 3 by Nobuo Sekine
  • Inlay no. 3 by Nobuo Sekine
  • Inlay no. 3 by Nobuo Sekine
  • Inlay no. 3 by Nobuo Sekine
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