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The British Museum has announced the acquisition of Koya Abe's Animism series of 26 prints, with the support of the JTI...
Posted by Koya Abe on Thursday, March 24, 2016

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Cabinet of Curiosities by Emma Allen, in the June 2013 print issue of ARTnews, features Koya Abe's After Louis XIV from the Digital Art Chapter 3: Display project. The article focuses on artists who are inspired by Ikea, use Ikea as a conceptual base, or use Ikea products in their artwork.
...For Abe, the project is about "transmitting an ideal version of one's own image," whether sitting for a flattering portrait with one's finest trappings or by frequenting a store that "presents highly designed objects and spaces that ingeniously reflect the consumer's desire to enhance his or her perception of self-image."

The online edition is here.

Bijutsu Forum 21 (volume 23) includes an article by Nobutaka Takeda, "Gazing at Ingres–the Reception of Grande Odalisque by Japanese Artists." After the Grand Odalisque, from the Analogies project, is among the works discussed.

Press Releases

December 2010-February 2011: Koya Abe, The British Museum, Recent Acquisitions

The British Museum has recently acquired several works by contemporary visual artist Koya Abe, including Mechanism of Impression from the Digital Art Chapter One series, along with After the Bather, After Andrea Doria as Neptune, After Young Man Beside the Sea, and After the Toilet of Venus from Abe's Digitla Art Chapter 5: Analogies series...After the Bather will be on display in the British Museum's upper floor Japanese Galleries through mid-February 2011... full text (pdf)

January 2010: The Ingres Museum, recent acquistion of Koya Abe's After the Grand Odalisque

The Ingres Museum of Montauban, France has recently acquired Koya Abe's After the Grand Odalisque, a digitally constructed photographic work from the artist's Digital Art Chapter 5: Analogies series. The work was included in the museum's aclaimed Ingres et les Modernes exhibition in 2009... full text (pdf)

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"Koya Abe...with one eye on cultural sterotypes of the East and the other on the "Wild West" of Hollywood movies and tourist destinations...This cultural crossover is both amusing and disconcerning in its blend of mythologies."
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