Haunting New Sculpts by The Japanese Painter

Gagosian
POV
"Into The Trees II" is the sequel to the exhibition of the same name at Gagosian Paris in 2019, by the exalted Japanese painter and widow of Balthus. Her terra-cotta sculpts of magnolia, lemon, quince, and fig trees are glazed in white enamel and are possessed of a haunted, almost spectral quality, drawing on both Eastern and Western aesthetic traditions.
"Into The Trees II" is the sequel to the exhibition of the same name at Gagosian Paris in 2019, by the exalted Japanese painter and widow of Balthus. Her terra-cotta sculpts of magnolia, lemon, quince, and fig trees are glazed in white enamel and are possessed of a haunted, almost spectral quality, drawing on both Eastern and Western aesthetic traditions.
DETAILS
Rome, Italy Sept 8 - Oct 29, 2022 Hours Tue - Sat 10:30AM - 7PM
ABOUT
Gagosian is pleased to announce Into the Trees II, an exhibition of new sculptures by Setsuko in ceramic, bronze, and wood, inspired by the richness of the natural world. Also on view are paintings from throughout her career and a selection of new works on paper. The exhibition furthers the body of work presented in "Into the Trees", Setsuko's 2019 exhibition at Gagosian Paris. It also marks her return to Rome, where she lived for fifteen years at the Villa Medici with her husband, Balthus, during his tenure as director of the Académie de France à Rome, before the couple moved to the Grand Chalet of Rossinière, Switzerland, in 1977. It was there, too, that she first met Benoît Astier de Villatte, who also resided at the Villa Medici as a child. Now Setsuko works in Astier de Villatte's workshop in Paris, where she produces her own artwork and collaborates with the renowned studio on ceramic collections as well. Moreover, "Into the Trees II" is the first time that Setsuko's work has been presented in Rome since 1979, the date of her first solo exhibition at Galleria Il Gabbiano. - Gagosian
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