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b. 1922 - d. 2011

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        • RED AND GRAY UPSIDE DOWN by MOTONAGA Sadamasa
          Dec. 20, 2023

          RED AND GRAY UPSIDE DOWN by MOTONAGA Sadamasa

          Est: $50,000 - $80,000

          acrylic on canvas, 45.5×53.0 cm

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • WORK by MOTONAGA Sadamasa
          Dec. 20, 2023

          WORK by MOTONAGA Sadamasa

          Est: $8,000 - $9,000

          watercolor on postcard, 8.8×13.7 cm

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • WORK SET OF 4 by MOTONAGA Sadamasa
          Dec. 20, 2023

          WORK SET OF 4 by MOTONAGA Sadamasa

          Est: $15,000 - $25,000

          ceramic, h41.5×w13.5×d12.0 cm

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • 元永定正 Sadamasa Motonaga
          Dec. 02, 2023

          元永定正 Sadamasa Motonaga

          Est: NT$650,000 - NT$950,000

          一二三,若白光明滅 One Two Three Like White Light is Out 簽名年代右下:S. Motonaga '93 題識畫背框條:「いちにいさんしろいひかりがでているみたい」一九九三 元永定正 Signed lower right S. Motonaga and dated ‘93 Signed Sanadamasa Motonaga, dated 1993 in Kanji and titled stretcher bar One Two Three Like White Light is Out in Japanese 元永定正1955年受到吉原治良邀請,正式加入日本當代藝術團體「具體美術協會」(具體派),隔年創作的戶外裝置作品《水》,體現其早期創作以行為藝術、裝置作品互相融合的實驗性質,並宣示與自然密不可分的創作精神。他獨特的「滴落式」繪畫法,利用顏料濃厚地質地,受引力牽引流淌出不定形抽象造型,直至六零年代末期訪美,受「硬邊藝術」啟發,元永定正創造出全新風格。元永定正畫作中常見混合噴漆技法,在全黑的背景中,主視覺以向上延伸的豆(橢)型圖像佔據中心,並賦予飽滿亮麗的漸層色調,型塑出造型溫潤圓滑、輪廓明確的色面,也成為元永定正畫作的代表符號,反覆創作直至2000年代。 今次拍品《一二三,若白光明滅》正是1993年畫家延伸此橢圓形構圖的作品,三座山型突狀物,似萌芽、菌菇由底部向上生長。半圓頂彷彿鎢絲燈或投射燈,光線明滅,熾白光感殘留觀者眼底,黑暗迅速壟罩的瞬間。作品貫徹理性思考的佈局,同時透過「有機物造型」保有生命力的想像空間,實屬難能可貴。可見晚年時期的元永定正不再參與具體派活動,也依然秉持「創造從未見過的事物」的核心思維,持續探索個人風格的再造。 In 1955, Motonaga Sadamasa was formally invited by Haruyoshi Yoshimura to join the Japanese contemporary art group "Gutai Bijutsu Kyokai" (Gutai). The following year, he created the outdoor installation artwork "Water," which exemplified the experimental nature of his early works, combining performance art and installation pieces. It also proclaimed his creative spirit that was closely intertwined with nature. Motonaga’s unique "drip-style" painting technique, using thick and textured pigments, allowed gravity to guide the flow of amorphous abstract shapes. It wasn't until his visit to the United States in the late 1960s, where he was inspired by Post-Painterly Abstraction, that Sadamasa Motonaga created an entirely new style. In Motonaga Sadamasa's paintings, a common technique involves a blend of spray paint. Against an all-black background, the primary visual consists of an upward-extending bean-shaped (oval) image occupying the center. This image is endowed with rich and vibrant gradient tones, sculpting smooth and well-defined surfaces, and has become a representative symbol of Motonaga Sadamasa's artworks, repeatedly created until the 2000s. The lot "One Two Three Like White Light is out " is an extension of this theme from 1993. It features three mountain-shaped protrusions, resembling buds or fungi growing upwards from the base. The semi-circular tops closely resemble the instant when a tungsten filament lamp melts and the light goes out, leaving a lingering afterglow of brilliant white light in the viewer's eye, just as darkness quickly envelops the scene. The layout of the artwork follows a thorough rational consideration, while maintaining a space of imaginative vitality through "organic form shaping," which is truly remarkable. It is evident that in his later years, Sadamasa Motonaga no longer engaged in specific artistic movements, yet he continued to adhere to the core philosophy of "creating something never seen before," persistently exploring the recreation of his personal style.

          Ravenel
        • (1)OVERLAPPED COLORLESS (2)JAGGED WHITE (3)THREE WHITE SQUARES
          Jul. 30, 2023

          (1)OVERLAPPED COLORLESS (2)JAGGED WHITE (3)THREE WHITE SQUARES

          Est: ¥50,000 - ¥80,000

          screenpint, (1)(2)sheet size : 50.6×38.0 cm image size : 35.0×24.0 cm (3)sheet size : 37.7×50.7 cm image size : 23.8×35.0 cm

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • Golden round Silver round
          Jul. 27, 2023

          Golden round Silver round

          Est: ¥250,000 - ¥350,000

          signed and dated (lower right), not examined out of the frame, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Red White Black 紅白黑
          Jul. 27, 2023

          Red White Black 紅白黑

          Est: $65,000 - $95,000

          Sadamasa Motonaga 1922 - 2011 Red White Black acrylic on canvas signed in English and dated 79; signed and dated 79 in Japanese and English, titled in Japanese on the reverse 32 by 41 cm.  12⅝ by 16⅛ in. ---------------------------------------- 元永定正 1922 - 2011 紅白黑 壓克力畫布 1979年作 款識 S. Motonaga,79 元永定正,S. Motonaga,《紅白黑》,79,一九七九年 (作品背面) 32 x 41 公分 ,12⅝ x 16⅛ 英寸

          Sotheby's
        • 元永定正 Sadamasa Motonaga (Japanese, 1922-2011)
          Jun. 03, 2023

          元永定正 Sadamasa Motonaga (Japanese, 1922-2011)

          Est: NT$950,000 - NT$1,500,000

          紅色、紅色與紅色四方形 Red & Red & Red Square 簽名右下:S.Motonaga '85 簽名畫背:S.Motonaga あかとあかとあかしかく 1985年作 Signed lower right S.Motonaga and dated '85 Signed reverse S.Motonaga, titled Red & Red & Red Square in Japanese and dated 1985

          Ravenel
        • 元永定正 Sadamasa Motonaga (Japanese, 1922-2011)
          Jun. 03, 2023

          元永定正 Sadamasa Motonaga (Japanese, 1922-2011)

          Est: NT$80,000 - NT$120,000

          藍色和米色 Blue and Beige 簽名下方:S.Motonaga '72 Signed lower S.Motonaga and dated '72

          Ravenel
        • SADAMASA MOTONAGA (1922-2011) Work oil, synthetic resin on canvas laid on b
          May. 29, 2023

          SADAMASA MOTONAGA (1922-2011) Work oil, synthetic resin on canvas laid on b

          Est: $1,600,000 - $2,400,000

          SADAMASA MOTONAGA (1922-2011) Work oil, synthetic resin on canvas laid on board 229 x 183 cm. (91 x 72 in.)

          Christie's
        • "SEVEN EXCITED COLORS", 1984-86
          May. 28, 2023

          "SEVEN EXCITED COLORS", 1984-86

          Est: $9,000 - $11,000

          acrylic on canvas

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • "RED AND PURPLE ARE FACING EACH OTHER", 1989
          May. 28, 2023

          "RED AND PURPLE ARE FACING EACH OTHER", 1989

          Est: $75,000 - $100,000

          acrylic on canvas

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • Green oval
          May. 18, 2023

          Green oval

          Est: ¥400,000 - ¥600,000

          signed and dated (on the reverse), signed, titled and dated on the artist's label affixed to the back of the frame, framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • THREE WHITE BALL AND THREE
          Nov. 27, 2022

          THREE WHITE BALL AND THREE

          Est: ¥80,000 - ¥130,000

          2006, signed and dated on lower right

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • CIRCLE IN GRID
          Nov. 27, 2022

          CIRCLE IN GRID

          Est: ¥80,000 - ¥130,000

          2006, signed and dated on lower right

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • TWO SHAPES BY DRAWING A LINE
          Sep. 24, 2022

          TWO SHAPES BY DRAWING A LINE

          Est: ¥400,000 - ¥600,000

          1989, signed and dated on the lower right, titled, signed and dated on the frame reverse

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • FLOATING SHAPE
          Sep. 24, 2022

          FLOATING SHAPE

          Est: ¥700,000 - ¥1,200,000

          1984, signed, dated on the lower left, labeled on the reverse of frame

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • HORIZONTAL OVAL WITH WHITE BLUR
          Sep. 24, 2022

          HORIZONTAL OVAL WITH WHITE BLUR

          Est: ¥3,500,000 - ¥5,500,000

          1996, signed and dated on the lower right signed, titled and dated on the wooden frame reverse

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • The heaping on the right is green
          Sep. 08, 2022

          The heaping on the right is green

          Est: ¥600,000 - ¥800,000

          signed and dated (lower right), signed, titled and dated (on the stretcher), framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Untitled
          Sep. 08, 2022

          Untitled

          Est: ¥600,000 - ¥800,000

          signed (lower left), dated (lower right), framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • LIKE A LADDER LIKE AN ARROW
          May. 29, 2022

          LIKE A LADDER LIKE AN ARROW

          Est: ¥1,800,000 - ¥2,800,000

          "LIKE A LADDER LIKE AN ARROW" , acrylic on canvas, 49.5×60.5 cm

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • UNTITLED
          May. 29, 2022

          UNTITLED

          Est: ¥2,000,000 - ¥3,000,000

          "UNTITLED" , acrylic on Japanese paper , 53.0×72.5 cm

          New Art Est-Ouest Auctions
        • SADAMASA MOTONAGA (JAPAN, 1922-2011)
          May. 20, 2022

          SADAMASA MOTONAGA (JAPAN, 1922-2011)

          Est: $600 - $800

          Untitled, serigraph, orange table form on yellow field, pencil signed and marked as an artist's proof, house in a white panel frame, under UV plexiglas, OS: 21 1/2" x 26 3/4", SS: 17" x 22 1/2", fine condition.

          Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
        • Shadow on the flow
          May. 19, 2022

          Shadow on the flow

          Est: ¥600,000 - ¥800,000

          signed and dated (lower right), signed, titled and dated (on the stretcher), framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Japanese Nobel Laureates
          Mar. 03, 2022

          Japanese Nobel Laureates

          Est: ¥200,000 - ¥300,000

          each signed in pencil, each numbered 81/100, numbered again on the justification (there were also 15 E.A.), on Arches, published by Gallerie Börjeson, Malmö, printed by Ryoichi Ishida, Tokyo, with full margins, contained in an original case

          Mallet Auction
        • Motonaga, Sadamasa
          Feb. 23, 2022

          Motonaga, Sadamasa

          Est: €3,000 - €5,000

          Motonaga, Sadamasa Mie, 1922 - Hyogo, 2011 280 x 210 cm Form in red, 1987/1988. Watercolour on Japanese paper. Free form, K. Shimizu.

          Nagel Auction
        • Motonaga, Sadamasa
          Feb. 23, 2022

          Motonaga, Sadamasa

          Est: €1,000 - €1,800

          Motonaga, Sadamasa Mie, 1922 - Hyogo, 2011 100 x 210 cm Black triangle with 17 lines, 1987/1988. Watercolour on Japanese paper, mounted on silk. Free form, K. Shimizu.

          Nagel Auction
        • Motonaga, Sadamasa
          Feb. 23, 2022

          Motonaga, Sadamasa

          Est: €1,000 - €1,800

          Motonaga, Sadamasa Mie, 1922 - Hyogo, 2011 150 x 200 cm Red form with seven lines, 1987/1988.Watercolour on Japanese paper. Free form kite, K. Shimizu.

          Nagel Auction
        • Chairs
          Dec. 09, 2021

          Chairs

          Est: ¥500,000 - ¥700,000

          signed, numbered 2/5

          Mallet Auction
        • Maya Maya Ma
          Dec. 09, 2021

          Maya Maya Ma

          Est: ¥1,000,000 - ¥1,500,000

          signed and dated (lower left), signed, titled and dated (on the stretcher), framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Untitled
          Dec. 09, 2021

          Untitled

          Est: ¥400,000 - ¥500,000

          signed and dated (lower right), framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Sadamasa Motonaga (Japanese, 1922-2011) Untitled, 1968
          May. 04, 2021

          Sadamasa Motonaga (Japanese, 1922-2011) Untitled, 1968

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          Sadamasa Motonaga (Japanese, 1922-2011) Untitled, 1968 oil on canvas on board 26 x 31 1/2 inches. Provenance: Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo The work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Motonaga Archive Research Institution Lot Notes: Untitled, 1968 is a superb example of Sadamasa Motonaga's work during an important transitional period in his painting approach and technique. A member of Japan's vaunted Gutai movement, Motonaga, in keeping with the group's ethos, consistently explored ways to break from artistic conventions and push possibilities through his experiments with painted color. His earlier work, influenced by the Abstract Expressionists, employed varied and numerous painterly techniques, ranging from lyrically poured and dripped pigments to more active layers of thick gestural brushstrokes, most often depicting playful amorphous shapes or swirling eddies of color. Motonaga traveled to New York City for a year's stay from 1966 to 1967, a visit which proved pivotal in his practice and ultimate trajectory. During his time in the then epicenter of artmaking, Motonaga's work underwent a radical change as he became exposed to and embraced new material methods and processes. He departed from the heavy, gestural style he had previously favored and began to apply paint precisely and evenly, almost mechanically, without the visible built-up texture and impressively devoid of evidence of the artist's hand. His work from this era satisfyingly flattens as he utilizes an airbrush for systematize sprayed swathes of color, creating large singular abstract shapes, unified in saturation and surface, dually geometric and organic forms glowing and humming with vibrant auras. More minimal than the colorful palettes of his New York paintings, the sparse by intent Untitled, 1968, captivatingly accentuates the hard-edged aspects and graphic qualities of his newly adopted, immutable airbrushed painting mode. Original created as a tableau for a printed work produced for Tokyo Gallery, Untitled, 1968 has a sublime balance of matte black background contrasting with a spiraling glossy black singular shape, referencing both the looping totality of a snake and the space of a stylized solar system, capped with a pop of muted yellow, the gold or cheese prize at the end of the cyclone maze. This small yellow pinpoint a callback satellite signal, reminiscent of his earlier colorful pseudo figural orbs, yet also a bridging beacon, illuminating Motonaga's course to the solid sustained lines and otherworldly ovoid shapes that became his eventual hallmark.

          Hindman
        • Untitled
          Jan. 28, 2021

          Untitled

          Est: ¥100,000 - ¥150,000

          watercolour on postcard, signed and dated (lower left), executed in 1968, framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd., Exhibited: 'Microcosmos: Sadamasa Motonaga', Galleria Grafica, Tokyo, 18 - 27 December 1970, 4 - 13 January 1971

          Mallet Auction
        • Like a Ladder Like an Arrow
          Nov. 19, 2020

          Like a Ladder Like an Arrow

          Est: ¥2,000,000 - ¥3,000,000

          signed and dated (lower right), signed, titled and dated (on the stretcher), framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Untitled
          Sep. 10, 2020

          Untitled

          Est: ¥150,000 - ¥200,000

          watercolour on paperboard, signed and dated (lower right), signed, dated and inscribed 'Green and Pink' (on the reverse), executed in 1988, framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Untitled
          Sep. 10, 2020

          Untitled

          Est: ¥200,000 - ¥300,000

          acrylic on Japon, signed and dated (lower left), executed in 1987, framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Shape and Line
          Sep. 10, 2020

          Shape and Line

          Est: ¥1,000,000 - ¥1,500,000

          acrylic on canvas, signed and dated (lower right), signed, titled and dated, painted in 1997, framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Untitled
          Sep. 10, 2020

          Untitled

          Est: ¥800,000 - ¥1,200,000

          watercolour on paperboard, signed and dated (lower right), executed in 1963, framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • SADAMASA MOTONAGA - UNTITLED
          Aug. 19, 2020

          SADAMASA MOTONAGA - UNTITLED

          Est: $100 - $200

          Lot 51 Sadamasa Motonaga Japanese (1922-2011) Untitled screenprint signed lower right, AP image: 25 3/4 x 18 inches Provenance: From the Estate of Edward Bazinet

          Capsule Gallery Auction
        • SADAMASA MOTONAGA - UNTITLED
          Aug. 19, 2020

          SADAMASA MOTONAGA - UNTITLED

          Est: $100 - $200

          Lot 50 Sadamasa Motonaga Japanese (1922-2011) Untitled screenprint signed lower right, numbered 32/100 image: 25 x 18 inches Provenance: From the Estate of Edward Bazinet

          Capsule Gallery Auction
        • Untitled
          Jun. 18, 2020

          Untitled

          Est: ¥350,000 - ¥450,000

          acrylic on canvas, signed and dated (lower right), painted in 1979, framed, sold with a certificate by Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd., Provenance: Galerie Humanité, Nagoya

          Mallet Auction
        • Untitled
          Feb. 28, 2020

          Untitled

          Est: ¥500,000 - ¥600,000

          Untitled, signed and dated (lower right), painted in 1974, framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Middle is Black, Red and Green
          Feb. 28, 2020

          Middle is Black, Red and Green

          Est: ¥300,000 - ¥400,000

          Middle is Black, Red and Green, signed and dated (lower right), signed, titled and dated (on the stretcher), painted in 2000, framed, the authenticity of this work has been kindly confirmed by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • Sadamasa Motonaga, Untitled
          Dec. 05, 2019

          Sadamasa Motonaga, Untitled

          Est: ¥200,000 - ¥250,000

          watercolour on postcard, executed in 1968, signed and dated (lower left), framed, sold with a certificate by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • MOTONAGA SADAMASA (1922 - 2011) Untitled.
          Dec. 03, 2019

          MOTONAGA SADAMASA (1922 - 2011) Untitled.

          Est: €4,000 - €5,000

          MOTONAGA SADAMASA (1922 - 2011). Untitled.. Signature at the back. A- Cube Gallery, Tokyo authenticity certificate. . Cm 41,00 x 32,00. 1963

          Capitolium Art
        • Sadamasa Motonaga, Untitled (folding screen)
          Sep. 27, 2019

          Sadamasa Motonaga, Untitled (folding screen)

          Est: ¥1,500,000 - ¥2,500,000

          acrylic on two-panelled screen (gold-leafed), painted in 1988, signed, sealed and dated (lower left), framed, the authenticity of this work has been kindly confirmed by the Motonaga Archive Research Institution Ltd.

          Mallet Auction
        • SADAMASA MOTONAGA (JAPAN, 1922-2011) Work enamel on paper 27 x 24 cm. (10 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.)
          May. 26, 2019

          SADAMASA MOTONAGA (JAPAN, 1922-2011) Work enamel on paper 27 x 24 cm. (10 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.)

          Est: $150,000 - $250,000

          SADAMASA MOTONAGA (JAPAN, 1922-2011) Work Signed and dated ‘Motonaga 65’ (lower right) enamel on paper 27 x 24 cm. (10 5/8 x 9 1/2 in.) Painted in 1965

          Christie's
        • MOTONAGA SADAMASA (1922 - 2011) Untitled.
          Apr. 09, 2019

          MOTONAGA SADAMASA (1922 - 2011) Untitled.

          Est: €6,000 - €7,000

          MOTONAGA SADAMASA (1922 - 2011). Untitled.. Signature at the back. A - Cube Gallery, Tokyo authenticity certificate on photo.. Cm 41,00 x 32,00. 1963

          Capitolium Art
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