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The Earth Breathes

An abstract sculpture executed in hand made paper with gold plating by contemporary artist Yoshio Ikezaki. Yoshio Ikezaki was born in Kitakyushu City in 1953. He studied papermaking in Japan and then received a BA and an MFA from Florida State University. As an avid artist and teacher, his time is now divided between Los Angeles and Kitakyushu in southern Japan. In both cultures he teaches papermaking and brush painting, as well as philosophy and aesthetics classes at such places as Tama Art University in Tokyo, Southern California Institute of Architecture, UCLA Extension and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has lectured at Cooper Union, Pratt Art Institute and the Parsons School of Design in New York, among others. Because of his fascination with dimensionality, Yoshio Ikezaki has also explored sculptural work. The heavily layered papers are colored with sumi ink and may also have a Buddhist inscription. He has also collaborated with Western artists, actors, and musicians doing stage design. Yoshio Ikezaki’s work joins East and West, modern and traditional in a completely unique fashion. They conjure up the literal, yet evoke the metaphysical as well. There is a poeticism and ethereal beauty embedded within each piece, creating in the viewer the sense of moving through the landscape of a human mind. Like the traditional Sumi-e painting, references to nature and mans relationship to nature are key. Ikezaki’s images are mysterious and evocative. This enigmatic quality is derived partly from the fact that Ikezaki mixes his own ink, including in it mineral particles that give the surface of the painting a slight iridescence. The result is a kinetic composition, lending the piece different dynamics as the viewer moves around it. The truly incredible thing about the way Ikezaki works is that he never physically paints with his hands. Having mastered his own “chi”(the Chinese word for the vital life source that exists within every one of us), Ikezaki uses that energy to move the ink across the paper.Read more

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Head

matchsticks David Mach was born in Scotland in 1956, and went on to study at the Duncan Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland and the Royal College of Art, London. Since the launch of his career in the early 1980s, David Mach has achieved international acclaim as a celebrated sculptor and installation artist. In 1988, he was nominated for the prestigious Turner Prize. In 2000 Mach took a position as Professor of Sculpture at the Royal Academy of Arts and continues to develop his innovative style with public installations and performance art. Assemblages of mass-produced found objects often form the basis of Mach’s sculptures and installations, incorporating everything from magazines and newspapers to tires and teddy bears. Early in his career, Mach began creating representations of human and animal faces constructed out of matchsticks, with the colored match heads arranged so as to create the surface of the face. After accidentally igniting one such work, Mach will now sometimes ignite his matchstick sculptures as a sort of performance art. In addition to temporary installation pieces, Mach has recently produced permanent public works including a representation of a steam engine constructed out of 185,000 bricks near Darlington, Scotland. According to Mach, "an artist must be an ideasmonger responding to all kinds of physical locations, social and political environments, to materials, to processes, to timescales and budgets."Read more

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Wall Rocket

A lithograph on paper by Edward Ruscha. Signed and dated lower right, "Ed Ruscha 2013". Editioned lower left, "53/60". Edition 53/60 Provenance: Hamilton Press; Private Collection. Edward Ruscha was born December 16, 1937 and is an American artist associated with the Pop art movement. He has worked in the media of painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and film. Ruscha lives and works in Culver City, California. He achieved recognition for paintings incorporating words and phrases and for his many photographic books, all influenced by the deadpan irreverence of the Pop Art movement. Ruscha's textual, flat paintings have been linked with both the Pop Art movement and the beat generation. In 2004, The Whitney Museum of American Art organized two simultaneous exhibitions: Cotton Puffs, Q-tips®, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha, which traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and then to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and Ed Ruscha and Photography. Also in 2004, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney mounted a selection of the artist's photographs, paintings, books and drawings that traveled to the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome and to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Another exhibition of Ruscha's photographs was organized for the Jeu de Paume in Paris in 2006. Ruscha was the United States representative at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. In 2009, the Hayward Gallery, London mounted a retrospective of the artist’s paintings.Read more

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Eleanor and Benny

An oil on canvas executed in soft pastel colors of a mother and child sitting on a white bench under the trees by Impressionist artist Frank Weston Benson. Signed and dated lower right, "F. W. Benson 16. Signed lower left, "f.w. benson". Provenance: Judge Alexander Simpson, Jr., Philadelphia, PA; Collection of Roderic H.D. Henderson; Spanierman Gallery, New York, NY, 1987; Guggenheim Asher Associates, New York, NY; Private Collection, NJ. Exhibition: New York, Macbeth Gallery, Thirty Paintings by Thirty Artists, January-February 1916. Detroit, Michigan, Detroit Museum of Art, May 1916 (as Mother and Child) Providence, Rhode Island, The Galleries of the Tilden-Thurber Company, An Exhibition of the Ten American Painters, November-December 1916 (as Eleanor and Child). Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 6th Exhibition of Oil Paintings by Contemporary American Artists, December 1916-January 1917, no. 50 (as Mother and Child). San Francisco, California, The Post Exposition Exhibition of the Panama-Pacific Exposition, n.d. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 112th Annual Exhibition 1917, no. 284 (as Mother and Child). Boston, Massachusetts, Boston Guild of Artists, Exhibition of Paintings, Drawings and Etchings by Frank W. Benson, November 1917 (as Mother and Child). Washington, D.C., Corcoron Gallery of Art, A Retrospective: Paintings, Etchings and Drawings of Frank W. Benson, March-April 1921, no. 10 (as Mother and Child). Watervill, Maine, Colby College Art Museum. New London, Conneticut, Lyman Allyn Museum, The Roderic H.D. Henderson Collection, October-December, 1967, no. 3 . Coral Gables, Florida, Lowe Art Museum. University of Miami, French Impressionists Influence American Artists, 1971.Read more

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