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四代田邊竹雲斎造 「門」インスタレーション
The Gate

Artist:
Tanabe Chikuunsai IV (Japanese, born 1973)
Period:
Heisei period (1989–present)
Date:
2017
Culture:
Japan
Medium:
Tiger bamboo
Classification:
Bamboo
Credit Line:
Lent by the artist
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 223
The Sakai-based artist who created this installation, Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, comes from a long line of bamboo craftsmen. Previously known as Tanabe Shōchiku, he took up the family name earlier this year. He earned a degree in sculpture from the Tokyo University of the Arts and trained in bamboo crafts at an occupational school in Beppu. One of the most talented and versatile bamboo artists of his generation, he has carried on the Tanabe family tradition in the wake of the death of his father, Tanabe Chikuunsai III (1940–2014), while also exploring the possibilities of large-scale sculpture and installations made of tiger bamboo, such as this one.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection," June 13, 2017–February 4, 2018.