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Taka Ishii Gallery

Sofu Teshigahara

Installation view of SOFU TESHIGAHARA’s Kikansha (Locomotive), 1951, iron, palms, chrysanthemum, pampas grass, 

211 × 275 × 92 cm, at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Taka Ishii Gallery.

The evolution of ikebana (the Japanese art of flower arranging), from its 7th-century application as religious offerings to the secularized decorative practice of the early 20th century, was subtle. Successive schools approached ikebana with unique aesthetic goals while retaining its fundamental expressive elegance.

Working as a young ikebana artist in the 1920s, Sofu Teshigahara…

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