Nagamé

Media - 2021.66.39 - SAAM-2021.66.39_1 - 143053
Copied Koji Tanaka, Nagamé, 2013, African mahogany, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Jeffrey Bernstein, M.D. and Judith Chernoff, M.D., 2021.66.39

Artwork Details

Title
Nagamé
Artist
Date
2013
Dimensions
5 34 × 27 78 × 2 34 in. (14.6 × 70.8 × 7 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Jeffrey Bernstein, M.D. and Judith Chernoff, M.D.
Mediums
Mediums Description
African mahogany
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
2021.66.39

Artwork Description

Koji Tanaka’s sculptures are portals to different ways of seeing. The artist grew up in a traditional Japanese home, where he observed his mother’s calligraphy work and commitment to practice over perfection. Along these lines, he lets a single piece of wood dictate the forms. “I hold the wood in reverence and honor its life by presenting it in the different forms I create, knowing that it's not perfect.”


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