Nobuo SEKINE

Nobuo Sekine was born 1942 in Saitama Prefecture. He studied under Saito Yoshishige at the Department of Oil Painting at Tama Art University, graduating in 1968. Past graduation, he participated in the 8th Exhibition of Contemporary Art, the Open Air Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition at Suma Rikyu Park (Kobe), and the 5th Nagaoka Exhibition of Contemporary Art, with some of his works giving rise to controversy. Sekine counts as one of the central members of the Mono-ha movement. He exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 1970, and in 1973 founded Environmental Art Studio. In 1978, he exhibited at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), and a variety of other venues in Europe.

Phase: Mother Earth, Sekine’s most well-known work, simply is a cylindrical hole he dug out in Suma Park, with the soil from the hole formed into a cylinder and placed next to it. During its lifetime of merely a couple of weeks, this work made a lasting impression on the minds of the visitors. If he would have continued that work forever, at some point the earth would have been wholly dug up, and there would have been a new earth next to the space where the old one used to be… Phase: Mother Earth, maybe conceived as a thought experiment under the impact of topology, is a work of magnificent scale that established Sekine’s reputation in the art world.

 


"Phase - Mother Earth"

1989
Bronze
W84.0xH33.5xD56.5cm
Signed, titled, and dated

 
"Phase of Nothingness - Moon"

Cast iron
W13.0xH16.5xD17.0cm


"Phase of Nothingness - Dotaku"

1972
Bronze
W28.0xH25.0xD10.0cm
Signed and dated

 


"Phase of Nothingness - Two Pyramids"

1972
Iron
W27.0xH30.0xD27.0cm
Signed and dated

 
"Phase of Nothingness - Crown"

1975
Black granite
W27.0xH64.0xD22.5cm
+Base: W20.0xH20.0xD20.0cm
Signed and dated


"From Cube to the Mountains"

Black granite 
W60.5xH30.5xD30.3cm
Signed

 


"Phase of Nothingness - Cone"

Black granite 
W52.0xH47.0xD52.cm

 
"Sky Pedestal"

1992
Krishna stone
W61.5xH61.5xD10.0cm
+Base: W42.3xH6.3xD19.4cm
Signed


"The Broken Pyramid"

1980
Black granite 
W61.5xH33.0xxD46.0cm
Signed

 


"Rainbow"

1983
W131.5xH67.0xD23.0cm
Signed

 
"Aijin Tower"

W18.5xH129.5xD18.0cm
+Base: W43.0xH24.0xD44.5cm
Signed


"Inlay" (01)

1980
Metal, paper
76.0x56.0cm
Signed

 


"Inlay" (02)

1980
Metal, paper
76.0x56.0cm
Signed

 
"Inlay" (03)

1980
Metal, paper
76.0x56.0cm
Signed


"Inlay" (04)

1980
Metal, paper
76.0x56.0cm
Signed

 


"Stainless Steel Pillar Project"

1979
Watercolor, pencil, collage
47.0x38.0cm
Signed


 
"Pyramid Project"

1979
Watercolor, pencil, collage
47.0x38.0cm
Signed


"Project"

1979
Watercolor, pencil, collage
47.0x38.0cm
Signed

 


"Placing a Natural Stone on a Standing Tree Project"

1979
Watercolor, pencil, collage
47.0x38.0cm
Signed

 
"Dirt Arch and Dirt Tunnel Project"

1979
Watercolor, pencil, collage
47.0x38.0cm
Signed


"Aystem~Circle Project~"

1979
Watercolor, pencil, collage
47.0x38.0cm
Signed

 


"Moon rain"

1988
Gold foil、Canvas
45.5x38.0cm
Signed on the back

 
"Inlay of a landscape"

1982
Iron, stainless steel
33.5×10×39.3cm
Signed


"Phase: Mother Earth"

1986

Silkscreen (Printed by Tokuzo OKABE)
59.5X79 cm

Ed.75
Signed

 


"Phase of Nothingness-Skin 3"

2014
Acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, plywood
101.6x81.3cm
Signed


"Phase of Nothingness-Skin 4"

2015
Acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, plywood
101.6x81.3cm
Signed


"Phase of Nothingness-Skin 5"

2014
Acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, plywood
127x101.6cm
Signed

 


"Phase of Nothingness-Skin 6"

2014
Acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, plywood
127x101.6cm
Signed


"Phase of Nothingness-Skin 10"

2015
Acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, plywood
127x101.6cm
Signed


"Phase of Nothingness-Skin 11"

2015
Acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, plywood
127x101.6cm
Signed

 


"Phase of Nothingness-Skin 14"

2015
Acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, plywood
101.6x81.3cm
Signed


"Phase of Nothingness-Skin 15"

2015
Acrylic on canvas, wooden frame, plywood
101.6x81.3cm
Signed

 

 


"A Point of the Earth"

1982
Stainless steel relief
35.0×31.5×2.0cm
Ed. 30
Signed


"Top of the Pyramid"

1982
Sculpture, stainless steel
H20.0×15.0×30.0cm
Ed. 30
Signed


"Phase of Nothingness-Black"

c.1977
Sculpture, black granite
40×40×30cm

SOLD

 


"Falling Apple"

1975
Silkscreen
63.0x45.0cm
Ed.75
Signed


"Suspend a Rock"

1975
Silkscreen
63.0x45.0cm
Ed.75

Signed


 


"Shadow of Abstraction"

1975
Silkscreen
63.0x45.0cm
Ed.75
Signed


"Self Portrait"

1975
Silkscreen
63.0x45.0cm
Ed.75

Signed


"Poke a Cloud"

1975
Silkscreen
63.0x45.0cm
Ed.75

Signed

 


"Touch Red"

1976
Lithograph
63.0x90.0cm
Ed.12
Signed


"Touch Black"

1976
Lithograph
63.0x90.0cm
Ed.12

Signed


"Touch Blue"

1976
Lithograph
63.0x90.0cm
Ed.12
Signed

 


"Project - Kremlin"

1977
Copperplate print
66.0x50.0cm
Ed.100
*From the exhibition "Modernity and Voice"
Signed



"Project- Rome"

1977
Copperplate print
66.0x50.0cm
Ed.100
*From the exhibition "Modernity and Voice"
Signed


"Project - Tree"

1977
Copperplate print
66.0x50.0cm
Ed.100
*From the exhibition "Modernity and Voice"
Signed

 


"Mouth Project"

1982
Silkscreen
65.5x50.5cm
Ed.50
Signed


"Looking at the earth"

1982
Lithograph
63.5x45.0cm
Ed.45
Signed


"Calling Out for the Moon"

1975
Silkscreen
53.0×35.0cm
Ed. 75
Signed

 


"Purple Palette Project"

1982
Copperplate print
60.0×45.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed


"Evening Rainbow Project"

1982
Copperplate print
60.0×45.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed


"Pipe Dream - Torii"

1975
Silkscreen
45.0×35.0cm
Ed. 75
Signed

 


"Pipe Dream - Green Balloon"

1975
Silkscreen
42.0×35.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed


"Pipe Dream - Red Balloon"

1975
Silkscreen
42.0×35.0cm
Ed. 100
Signed


"Triangle Window Project"

1982
Copperplate print
60.0×45.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed

 


"Apple Ring Project"

1982
Copperplate print
60.0×45.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed


"Triangle Wave Project"

1982
Copperplate print
60.0×45.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed


"Sky Katana Project"

1982
Lithograph
90.0×63.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed

 


"Sky Gate Project"

1982
Lithograph
90.0×63.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed


"Rainbow Gate Project"

1982
Lithograph
90.0×63.0cm
Ed. 50
Signed


"Stone Vector"

1982
Lithograph
90.0×63.0cm
Ed. 45
Signed

 


"G3-15 Circle Turned Inside Out"

1987
Mixed media
27.5×22.6cm
Signed
SOLD


"Three Mountains"

1976
Reflecting bronze plate
12.0×28.0×9.0cm
Ed. 30
Engraved signature on the object, box signed with brush
SOLD


"Phase: Mother Earth"

 

Makoto Uyeda, ed. Nobuo Sekine, 1968-78.
Yuria Bemuberu, 1978
26.0×25.0cm
120 pages
Soft cover with vinyl jacket

Limited edition A:
250 exemplars
With case and one original
copperplate print
"Project Stone Landscape"
Standard edition:
With case
SOLD

 

Essay by Makoto Uyeda (Japanese only):  Nobuo Sekine

 

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 Exhibitions (Japanese only)
2018

Weekly Special Collection: Christo and Nobuo SEKINE , July 6 - July 13


Nobuo SEKINE Exhibition Held at Gallery Seiho, June 18 Mon. - June 29 Fri.


2006
127th Gallery exhibition: Objects: My Favorite 4 Prints and 20 Objects, Apr 21-May 13, 2006