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"New Tokyo Ferry Terminal (Ariake 4-chrome)" (2004-05) is a magnificent and rare, vividly painted, large-scale sculpture in the round with original wooden base by famous Contemporary Japanese Pop artist, MR., that depicts of one of the artist's iconic "cute' fictional, smiling young girls at a grand-scale. From a select edition of just 5 + 2AP, this is the only edition of this important, museum-level work to come to international auction.

This work was acquired in 2007 by the present European owner directly from Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, whom formally represents the Artist. Dimensions of the sculpture: 39.37 x 57.87 x 69.68 inches (100 x 147 x 177 cm). Dimensions of the base: 6 x 72.84 x 86.62 inches (15 x 185 x 220 cm)

Mr. approaches the visual language of manga as a means of examining Japanese culture at large, fusing high and low forms of contemporary expression. Mr.'s paintings and sculptures play with the hyper-sexualized portrayal of young women prevalent in otaku; know in Japan as "lolicon," the term is originally shorthand for "Lolita Complex" but in usage has come to refer to the otaku preference for explicitly fictional young girls. Mr.'s work simultaneously studies and partakes in 'otaku', the Japanese "cute" subculture marked by fetishistic obsession with young adolescents, technology, sci-fi literature, manga, anime, and video games.

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Provenance:
  • Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York. 2007: Acquired directly from abovr by present European Collector.
  • Pickup Location: The Netherlands
  • Shipping Dimensions: 39.37 x 57.87 x 69.68 in. (100 x 146.99 x 176.99 cm.)
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