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Life and Work

Katsura Funakoshi © BE

Funakoshi is considered a leading name in the field of visual arts in his country. Funakoshi's father was also a sculptor and soon he felt the same vocation. He studied in the University of Art and Design, from 1971 to 1975, and in the University of Fine Arts and Music, from 1975 to 1977. He started carving in camphor wood, in 1980. His works, usually depicting human figures from the waist up, have a great poetical effect, and are striking and distinctive. Funakoshi works this material in a personal way and leaves visible both the grain of the wood and the marks of carving. The artist carefully utilises the grain for modelling and leaves part of the head unpainted, normally the crown.

He has exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennale, the Documenta IX, and the Shanghai Biennale, and his work is represented in several art museums in Japan and other countries.

Works (Selection)

Katsura Funakoshi, Drawing No. 1111, 2011
Katsura Funakoshi, Drawing No. 1111, 2011
Katsura Funakoshi, Drawing No. 1105, 2011
Katsura Funakoshi, Drawing No. 1105, 2011
Katsura Funakoshi, Panther going back to the City, 2002
Katsura Funakoshi, Panther going back to the City, 2002
Katsura Funakoshi, Dancing as a pupa (Homage to a dancer), 2001, © Katsura Funakoshi
Katsura Funakoshi, Dancing as a pupa (Homage to a dancer), 2001, © Katsura Funakoshi
Katsura Funakoshi, Untitled (DR 01 01), 2001
Katsura Funakoshi, DR 0424, 1998
Katsura Funakoshi, Smell of Snow, 1998
Katsura Funakoshi, The Words of Winter, 1997
Katsura Funakoshi, Irregular Caesuras, 1993
Katsura Funakoshi, The Distance from here, 1991
Katsura Funakoshi, The Book half read, 1990

EXHIBITIONS AT BECK & EGGELING (SELECTION)

Publications

STRANGE BEAUTY

STRANGE BEAUTY

  • Artists: Rania Akl, Gerhard Altenbourg, Nikos Aslanidis, Roger Ballen, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Bertozzi & Casoni, Herbert Beck, Louise Bourgeois, Joachim Brohm, Jewgeni Chaldej, Lucien Clergue, Gehard Demetz, Lorenza Diaz, Joachim Elzmann, Katsura Funakoshi, Marianna Gartner, Wolf Hamm, Aspassio Haronitaki, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Hoehme, Leiko Ikemura, Monica Ursina Jäger, Lia Kazakou, Julia Kissina, Jürgen Klauke, Susanne Kühn, Daecheon Lee, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Robert Longo, Robert Lucander, Xavier Mascaró, Richard Mosse, Hartmut Neumann, Heribert C. Ottersbach, Chris Reinecke, Katharina Schilling, Norbert Schwontkowski, Valentina Seidel, Norbert Tadeusz, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Miriam Vlaming, Stefan à Wengen, Robert Wilson, Thomas Wrede
    Editor: Ute Eggeling, Michael Beck
    Text: Charles Baudelaire, Kirsten Nordahl
  • English, German
    Softcover, 24 x 20 cm
    128 pages, 115 illustrations
  • Beck & Eggeling Kunstverlag, 2017
    ISBN 978-3-94606312-4
  • 20 €
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