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麻殖生素子筆 「曲」
Life's Symphony (Kyoku)

Artist:
Maio Motoko (Japanese, born Tokyo 1948)
Period:
Heisei period (1989–present)
Date:
2011
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Pair of six-panel folding screens; crushed paper, ink, white pigment (gofun), gold leaf, and silk on paper
Dimensions:
Overall (each screen): 59 7/8 × 103 1/2 in. (152.1 × 262.9 cm)
Classification:
Screens
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.461.1, .2
Rights and Reproduction:
© Maio Motoko
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 230
Across a brilliant gold-leaf background, the artist fashioned a wide undulating line from traditional Japanese paper (washi) soaked in ink and crushed-shell pigment (gofun) and then pressed into compact folds. The pair of screens is titled Kyoku, which in Japanese can mean “bend,” “curve,” “music,” or “tune” and is also the term used to describe the individual panels of a folding screen. The artist said of this work, “In the vicissitudes of life, we twist and turn, go and return, but always we aspire to move forward.” This idea and the musical connotations of kyoku led to the work’s English title: Life’s Symphony.
Signature: The screen is signed by the artist on the front side, on the bottom-left corner of the last panel.
Maio Motoko Japanese, born Tokyo 1948 , Tokyo (2011–13) ; Lesley Kehoe Galleries , Melbourn, Australia, 2013; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection," June 13, 2017–February 4, 2018.

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