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"Untitled (from Hawaii)" (2007-2012) depicts one of the Hawaiian islands, not as the lush tropical oasis, but rather as a powerful rock jutting from the sea, a removed, isolated space. Shot from a birds-eye perspective and in black and white, this motif and method is a masterpiece by Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama's oeuvre. This is a rare and important museum-level photograph, edition 1/1, measures 78.75 x 118.15 inches (200 x 300 cm), is framed and in perfect condition. The photograph can be shipped framed or unframed, shipped flat as mounted on aluminum.

The printer worked directly with Moriyama in the printing of this unique edition photograph in 2012, creating a special negative from the original 35mm negative from 2007, one that allowed the work to be printed at a monumental scale while still allowing the artist to control the exposure. This photograph and comes to this sale from a top Private Collection, Japan and was acquired in 2012 from Taka Ishii Gallery, Japan directly by present owner.

One of the most important and accomplished Japanese photographers of the postwar era, Daido Moriyama (b. 1938) is famous for his decades long body of work that features everyday objects or landscapes shot from unfamiliar angles, giving them an isolated perspective, and is typically stark and highly contrasted. His images profoundly affect the viewer on many emotional levels, all without the use of color, and are infused with a modern aesthetic sensibility that conflates Asian and Western artistic traditions. The artist is formally represented by Luhring Augustine Gallery in the U.S and Taka Ishii Gallery in Asia. His work has been the subject of countless museum and gallery shows, as well as books and periodicals. Recent solo exhibtions include 2008: "Daido Retrospective 1965-2005", National Museum of Art, Osaka; 2010: "Hawaii", Luhring Augustine, New York, U.S. and again in 2010: "Visioni del Mondo", Fotomuseo Guiseppe Panini, Modena, Italy; 2011: "On the Road", National Museum of Art, Osaka.
Selected Museum Collections:
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA
Smithsonian Museums, Washington D.C., USA
The Tate Modern, London, UK
The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
The Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The Getty Museum, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA
Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Sevilla, Spain
Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, France

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  • 2012: Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan. 2012-Present: Private Collection, Japan, acquired directly from gallery above.
  • Pickup Location: Japan
  • Shipping Dimensions: 80 x 125 in. (203.2 x 317.5 cm.)
  • Framed Under: Plexi
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