Nishimura Gallery



舟越桂 Katsura Funakoshi

New Sculpture




"The Sphinx Floats in Forest"
painted camphor wood, marble, leather, miscellaneous tree, steel
227.5 x 98 x 106 cm

"The Sphinx with Far Hand"
painted camphor wood, marble, leather, steel
110 x 90 x 40.5 cm

"Words Conveyed"
painted camphor wood, marble
100 x 59 x 41 cm





Nishimura Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of the new sculptures by Katsura Funakoshi from 7th November to 9th December, 2006.
We have shown his works continuously since 1985 and this is the tenth solo-exhibition at our gallery.
Katsura Funakoshi is internationally renowned for his wooden sculptures with marble eyes, which are almost all life-size figures from the waist up. He is one of the foremost Japanese sculptors and the retrospective show starting at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and touring around Japan from 2003 to 2004 was a great success.
Recently the exhibition was held in England and Germany, which juxtaposed Funakoshi's works with the ones by Ernst Barlach, the great German sculptor in the early 20th Century and in Japan the film "near equal Funakoshi Katsura" reporting his domestic life and working style was shown.
Funakoshi's early works are figurative sculptures with cloths by using the models but recent works has been gradually changing to the naked ones. The latest sculptures which subject is "Sphinx" with both womanly breasts and a manly build express the beauty of the mystic body transcending the gender.
We will show his 5 new sculptures and 10 drawings. "Reason with No Horn" is a sculpture of naked man with his mouth slightly screwing up and "The Sphinx with Far Hand" has impressive hand of somebody touching softly the body. "The Sphinx Floats in Forest" is totally new "Sphinx" sculpture, which is floating in the air supported by four sticks.
Funakoshi always develops deeper world of beauty by searching the new shape that nobody has ever seen .

−舟越桂展 カタログ (sold out)−

27ページ / 図版 12点
20 x 21 cm

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「美」をめぐる対話 舟越桂+酒井忠康
On Beauty : A Conversation between Katsura Funakoshi and Tadayasu Sakai