Published by Hatje Cantz. Text by Wim Wenders, Ivana Jeissing, Dalad Kambhu, Ayumi Paul, Helge Malchow, Bibiana Beglau.
The Japanese Swiss artist Leiko Ikemura (born 1951) first caused a stir in the early 1980s with expressive and confrontational paintings that associated her with the Neue Wilde. In the late 1980s Ikemura developed a novel visual vocabulary that ultimately led her to a fusion of body and landscape in the Alpine Indians. Then followed vaguely archaic hybrid creatures, which the artist increasingly also rendered in sculptures, and, in the 1990s, female figures hovering weightlessly at the horizon between earth and heaven, past and future, vulnerable and untouchable at once. In her most recent works, Ikemura conveys the melancholy yearning for an indivisible union between humankind and nature in oneiric landscapes of the soul. The phenomena of emergent form and metamorphosis gesture back toward the artist’s early oeuvre. Presenting drawings, paintings and sculptures, this book celebrates her career to date.
Published by Walther König, Köln. Edited by Adele Schlombs. Text by David Elliott.
For her series All About Girls and Tigers, Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura (born 1951) selected 11 objects from the Cologne Museum’s collection of classical Japanese art to represent in her paintings. This series illustrates Ikemura’s interest in the boundaries between Western and Japanese art.
The works of artist Leiko Ikemura (born in 1951 in Japan) are shaped by a peculiar familiarity that is equally strange. Her paintings--often featuring blurry, ghost-like anime-influenced figures--enter a dialogue with sculptures dedicated to similar themes or that are abstract formations. Her work provokes astonishment, yet at the same time raises questions. This publication shows works created since 1990--it also focuses on new productions and works conceived for specific rooms.
Published by Hatje Cantz. Edited by Friedemann Malsch. Essays by Elisabeth Bronfen and Alexander Pühringer.
Japanese-born artist Leiko Ikemura has been living in Europe for nearly 30 years, creating artworks that explore these two cultures and questions central to human existence.Depicting space as it extends beyond the material and the measurable, a contemplative space of spirituality and sensuality, her new paintings, watercolors, and sculptures draw the viewer into an event which transcends specific cultures.