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Akio Makigawa

(1948 -  1999 )
MAKIGAWA Akio Seer

Menzies Art Brands
Jun 20, 2012
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Akio Makigawa - Seer

Akio Makigawa - Seer

Original 1990
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Lot number: 29
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Description: AKIO MAKIGAWA (1948-1999), Seer 1990 oil and gold leaf on canvas; white Carrara marble, Poltarro marble 180.0 x 119.0 cm (irreg.); 200.0 x 29.0 x 29.0 cm painting signed and dated lower right: Akio Makigawa/ 1990 Sherman Galleries, Sydney Company collection, Sydney Deutscher-Menzies, Melbourne, 9 May 2001, lot 6 Private collection, Sydney Menzies, Melbourne, 15 December 2010, lot 42 Private collection, Melbourne Menzies, Melbourne, 20 June 2012, lot 53 Private collection, Melbourne Menzies, Melbourne, 11 December 2014, lot 52 Company collection, Melbourne Provenance: Sherman Galleries, Sydney Company collection, Sydney Deutscher-Menzies, Melbourne, 9 May 2001, lot 6 Private collection, Sydney Menzies, Melbourne, 15 December 2010, lot 42 Private collection, Melbourne Menzies, Melbourne, 20 June 2012, lot 53 Private collection, Melbourne Menzies, Melbourne, 11 December 2014, lot 52 Company collection, Melbourne
Akio Makigawa - Untitled

Akio Makigawa - Untitled

Original 1999
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Lot number: 58
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AKIO MAKIGAWA, (1948 - 1999), UNTITLED, 1999, stainless steel
SIGNED:

signed, dated and numbered at base: AKIO1999 4/6
DIMENSIONS:

117.5 cm height
PROVENANCE:

Bonhams - Goodman, Melbourne, 24 November 2009, lot 49

Private collection, Melbourne
EXHIBITED:

Akio Makigawa, Sherman Gallery Hargrave, Sydney, February - March 1999
LITERATURE:

Cooper, J., Akio Makigawa, Macmillan Art Publishing, 2014, cat. 150, pp. 469 (illus, preparatory sketch), 496 - 497 (illus., another example), 534 (illus., fig. 150, another example), 561 (illus., another example)
ESSAY:
\‘As objects, works of art and sculptures, Akio Makigawa\’\’\’\’s works have an exquisite symmetry, an assured presence and above all a sublime instinct for the opportunities of material, a quality that is very much in his cultural inheritance.\’\’\’\’1
Untitled, 1999 is a captured moment of suspense. Makigawa presents two seed-shaped vessels on the brink of its octagonal base. He purposely rests their sharper side on top of each other instead of being perfectly nestled on their seemingly balanced base. Despite the uncertainty in their placement, Makigawa cleverly presents Untitled, 1999 with flawless balance and a quiet elegance. He alludes a meditative calmness and poise in his figures but its construction required activity and energy as the figures teeter on a single point.2
From 1998 to 1999, Makigawa produced smaller scale sculptures motivated by the theme \‘Beginning\’\’\’\’, expressing ideas of life, growth and spirituality. \‘Beginning\’\’\’\’, comprising of figures of seeds, bowls, and houses, was Makigawa\’\’\’\’s final series of works before his passing in December 1999. Widely known throughout his artistic career for his large scale corporate and public commissioned sculptures, Makigawa took an intimate turn in his solo exhibition crafting universal and personal symbols that would evoke reflection and spirituality. Nine Lives exhibited at Anna Schwartz Gallery in Melbourne encapsulated the peaceful elegance of his brushed steel works featuring life symbols including half-seed pods. The figures spread throughout the gallery floor is described as the \‘most elegant and powerful exhibition ... stripped to a formal essence [like] sculptural haikus.\’\’\’\’3
Makigawa\’\’\’\’s seed figure was first developed in his oeuvre in the 1980s and has proven to be a signature symbol in his final designs. The treatment of materials plays an important role in Makigawa\’\’\’\’s expressions as he uses them to provide a symbolic and yet practical purpose. He has explained that stainless steel represents \‘durability and also expresses a duality of organic and man-made beginnings,\’\’\’\’4 The hollow formation of the stainless steel seed further evokes the figure as a vessel of new life and protection.
1. Capon, E., \‘Foreword\’\’\’\’ in Cooper, J., Akio Makigawa, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2013, p. 104 2. Cooper, J., Akio Makigawa, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2013, p. 534 3. Cooper, J., quoted in Rollo, J., \‘Book pays tribute to sculptor of rare talent\’\’\’\’, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, 4 September 2014 3. Cooper, J., Akio Makigawa, Macmillan Art Publishing, Melbourne, 2013, p.494
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Akio Makigawa - Seer

Akio Makigawa - Seer

Original 1990
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Lot number: 53
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Lot 53

AKIO MAKIGAWA

(1948-1999)

Seer

1990

oil and gold leaf on canvas; white Carrara marble, Poltarro marble

119.0 x 180.0 cm painting

200.0 x 29.0 x 29.0 cm sculpture

painting signed and dated lower right: Akio Makigawa/ 1990

Provenance:

Sherman Galleries, Sydney

Corporate collection, Sydney

Deutscher-Menzies, Melbourne, 9 May 2001, lot 6

Private collection, Sydney

Menzies, Melbourne, 15 December 2010, lot 42

Private collection, Melbourne

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70000

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90000

Auction Title: Melbourne - 20 June 2012 - (Sunrise - 0058)

AUCTION

AUCTION

Important Australian & International Fine Paintings & Sculpture

20th June 2012 6.30pm

The ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne

Level 8, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne VIC 3004

VIEWING SYDNEY

7-10 June 11am-6pm

Menzies Gallery

12 Todman Avenue

KENSINGTON NSW 2033

VIEWING MELBOURNE

14-19 June 11am-6pm, 1pm-6pm Sunday

Menzies Gallery

1 Darling Street

SOUTH YARRA VIC 3141

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Akio Makigawa - Seer

Akio Makigawa - Seer

Original 1990
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Lot number: 42
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Lot 42
AKIO MAKIGAWA
(1948-1999)
Seer
1990
oil and gold leaf on canvas; white Carrara marble, Poltarromarble
119.0 x 180.0 cm painting
200.0 cm height sculpture
painting signed and dated lower right: Akio Makigawa/ 1990
Provenance:
Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Corporate collection, Sydney
Deutscher-Menzies, Melbourne, 9 May 2001, lot 6
Private collection, Sydney

Auction Title: Jim - 0052
AUCTION
Wednesday 15 December 2010 6.30pm
Nine Darling Street
9 Darling St.,
SOUTH YARRA VIC 3141
VIEWING MELBOURNE
Thursday 9 - Tuesday 14 December 11am - 6pm
Menzies Gallery
1 Darling St.,
SOUTH YARRA VIC 3144
Menzies Art Brands Pty Ltd trading as Menzies
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Akio Makigawa - Untitled

Akio Makigawa - Untitled

Original 1999
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Price: Not disclosed
Lot number: 49
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Akio Makigawa (1948-1999)
Untitled 1999

stainless steel

signed, dated and inscribed 'AKIO 1999 4/6' on base

edition: 4 of 6

118 x 40 x 20cm
Provenance:

Private Collection, Melbourne
Literature:

Haig Beck and Jacquie Cooper,

Akio Makigawa
, in publication, no. 151a, illustrated
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