IKEDA Manabu | The Pen


Ikeda Manabu (b. 1973, Saga prefecture) has received high acclaim both in Japan and internationally for his unique worldview that sees both the micro and the macro simultaneously and for his masterful technique. Drawing in infinitesimal detail using a 1mm pen and acrylic ink and without underdrawing, his output is limited to a single 10cm square each day.

Ikeda began showing work at group exhibitions in Europe and North America. Following his participation in the exhibition “Bye Bye Kitty!!!” in New York in 2011, The New Yorker magazine praised his work as “an enchantment.”

The Pen provides a comprehensive survey of Ikeda’s achievements over the last 20 years by way of 100 works carefully selected by the artist himself.

Also included are documents relating to the creation of Rebirth, which at 3 x 4m is Ikeda’s largest work to date. Ikeda, who was studying in Canada at the time of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, thought long and hard about what he could do as an artist in another country and what purpose art could serve. He spent the next three years working on Rebirth as artist-in-residence at the Chazen Museum of Art in Wisconsin, USA. This definitive monograph tells the full story of this 20-year period culminating in Ikeda’s reaching new heights with his latest work.

The Pen
Manabu Ikeda

□ format : 300×300mm
□ binding : Softcover
□ page : 168 pages

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3,700 yen (JPY)

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