Book Signing - December 4th, 3 - 5 pm: Synthesis II: Adore” Madonna and Fusuma Photography by Kenji Wakasugi

4 December 2021 

NEW YORKIppodo Gallery welcomes you the book signing for Synthesis II “Adore” Madonna and Fusuma Photography, our second solo exhibition of works by Kenji Wakasugi.


A sequel to Synthesis, Wakasugi’s inaugural exhibition at the gallery in 2016, Synthesis II highlights the artist’s exploration of photography inspired by traditional ink-painting. The show will also feature a limited second edition publication of ADORE, a photo book based on his 1985 photoshoot with Madonna.


ADORE is the complete overview of the session – 200 pages include 324 frames, 10 contact sheets, together with 111 large format black and white portraits. For three and a half decades this collection remained private, near silent. 


Furthermore, the design of this art-book pays homage to Japanese 80s minimalism. The aqua cover features only the title ADORE debossed in ebony lettering. Madonna’s name is foiled in Japanese text on the accompanying canary yellow and neon pink bellybands (hand sewn) – the idea being that the book itself becomes an object of beauty. 


It is also worth noting that the entire first edition is bound in recycled paper made from coffee cup waste – taking some steps towards reducing environmental impact. 



Designed and published by NJG  Studio Ltd.


Please join us with the artist, Kenji Wakasugi, and publisher, Nick Groarke, NJG Studio Ldt. in London.


We will be following CDC protocol on the day of the event, such as proof of vaccination check and attendees  must wear masks the entire event, for the safety of everyone. Thank you for your understanding.


We look forward to seeing you!


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