Astrology, once a scholarly tradition, binds astronomical phenomena to events of the human world.The Last Cosmology reveals Kikuji Kawada’s preoccupation with the cosmos, and his fleeting empathy for the abating custom of divination. Inspired by the apocalyptic sky-scapes of the painter Emil Nolde, Kawada photographed abnormal and calamitous weather conditions – gales that configure coiling cloud-patterns, electrical storms, or rain striking glass. Captured between 1980 and 2000, the work is part of ‘The Catastrophe Trilogy’, a chronicle which ties together the dramas of the skies with the end of two historical eras on earth: the Showa Era in Japan, ending with the death of the Emperor in 1989, and 20th century’s close. 

author
Kikuji Kawada
title
The Last Cosmology (2015)
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publisher
MACK
edition
First edition
width x height
240 mm x 320 mm
ISBN
9781910164235
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€ 55 (excluding shipping)
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