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Leiko Ikemura

Day, Night, Half Moon

Leiko Ikemura is one of the best-known artists of Japanese origin working in the West. Her work, including drawings, paintings, and sculptures, have been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Western Europe, Australia, and Japan. Presented here in Leiko Ikemura: Day, Night, and Half Moon is the most comprehensive collection of Ikemura’s work, encompassing more than 200 drawings, the majority of them previously unpublished, and a broad selection of her paintings and sculptures.

            Ikemura’s fabulous drawings are celebrated for their oscillations between opposites—light and dark; joy and pain; day and dream. In them, she creates a highly personal, vast, and secretive universe beyond space and time, populated by maiden-like beings and fantastic creatures. Accompanying the lush illustrations are essays by eminent critics, including Donald Kuspit, that foreground Ikemura’s themes and aesthetic approach.

            A fascinating volume of work by an artist who bridges East and West, Leiko Ikemura: Day, Night, and Half Moon will be of interest to students and scholars of contemporary art.

368 pages | 266 color plates, 4 halftones | 9 x 12

Art: Art Criticism

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Table of Contents

Roger Fayet


Elisabeth Plessen

Die Welle


Hortensia von Roda

Day, Night, Half Moon. Drawings 1980-2007

Isabelle Köpfli

Inner Movement


Eva Scharrer

Crossing the Boundaries of the In-between—on the Horizon Paintings of Leiko Ikemura


Donald Kuspit

Dreams, Fragments, Females: Leiko Ikemura’s Body Imagery


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