Энди Уорхол Andy Warhol, культовая персона в истории поп-арт движения и современного искусства в целом, в семидесятых
создал серию портретов Софу и Касуми Тэсигахара. Теперь эти портреты украшают холл
учебного здания Согецу в Токио.
Пара слов об истории этих партретов и серии о хризантемах kiku в блоге nordic-lotus.
Sofu Teshigahara, founder of the Sogetsu School, and pop artist Andy
Warhol met in Japan in the 1970's. It was probably when Warhol visited
Japan in 1974. A Warhol painting retrospective took place at the
Daimaru Department Store in Tokyo. The same year Warhol created a
silkscreen suite called Flowers (Hand-Colored), based on Japanese
Ikebana. The 10 prints in the suite are rarely seen. Earlier this year
a print of a sunflower that I think belong to this suite was sold at an
auction house in Sweden. It looks very Sogetsu to me.
years later, in 1976, Warhol made a portrait of Sofu. A gallery owner
in New York once told me that Warhol made quite a few portraits of
friends and clients. Some were painted in the vibrant style of his well
known screenprints of famous people. I guess the Sofu portrait must be
in this category as I don't think it is printed. I'm not sure though.
Please respond if you know more about this. I just love this portrait!
the 1980's Warhol returned to Japanese flowers for inspiration. A body
of work called Kiku, the Japanese word for chrysanthemum, was formally
released at an exhibition held at The Gendai Hanga Center in Tokyo
The mutual admiration between Sofu and Warhol also resulted in an opportunity for the Sogetsu Pittsburgh Study Group
to exhibit ikebana arrangements in the Warhol museum in Pittsburgh each
year. O boy, would I like to be part of that study group! I guess it's
for locals only. I'm adding their link so that you can visit their
have read an article about when Warhol met Sofu, his wife, and daughter
Kasumi at a Japanese restaurant in Tokyo in 1974, to take Polaroid
pictures of Sofu and Kasumi to make their portraits. It was Warhol that
requested this meeting and he was disappointed that Hiroshi could not
attend because of the conflict he had.
He enjoyed the meeting
and even asked if he could see their exhibition before he left for US
next morning. He was lead by Kasumi and saw the exhibit before it's
opening early morning while people were still putting final touches to
their arrangements, and he enjoyed thoroughly.
the meeting Sofu asked Warhol what kind of things he enjoyed in Japan
and his reply was the mums displayed at many temples he visited, it
must have been in autumn. He particularly liked the cascading ones and
the white ones were his favorites.
That impression might be the inspiration of those mum collections you mentioned in your blog.
meeting also lead us to connect with Warhol museum
decades later and
gave us a wonderful opportunity to exhibit there a couple of times a
year, often collaborate with their special exhibit/events