Untitled 2020 No.5

無題 2020 No.5
2020年5月
北軽井沢 作品 No.398
画布にアクリル
91.0×72.7 cm

Untitled 2020 No.5
May 2020
Kitakaruizawa Works No.398
Acrylic on canvas
36.0×29.0 in.

Sans Titre 2020 Nº5
mai 2020
Kitakaruizawa Œuvres N°398
Acrylique sur toile
91.0×72.7 cm

今朝ニューヨークのアゴラギャラリーから連絡があり、ディレクターの Eleni Cocordas さんが新型コロナウイルスによる合併症のため5月1日に亡くなったことを知りました。今はすごく悲しい、そして悔しいです。彼女は横浜に住んでいたことがあり、日本文化に大変造詣が深く、2017年6月に僕がアゴラギャラリーで展覧会をした時に、真っ先に日本人の僕に話しかけてくれたのが彼女でした。穏やかで知的に話すエレガントな方でした。アート界にとっても日本人アーティストにとっても大切な方を失いました。何もできませんが、ちょうどこの新作をアップした日に彼女が亡くなったことを知りましたので、せめてこの絵を彼女に捧げます。
心よりご冥福をお祈り申し上げます。
和田 健

This morning I received an email from Agora Gallery in NYC and knew the passing away of Executive Director Eleni Cocordas, on May 1, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19. At first I could not believe it, I could not believe my eyes, now I am in shock and so deeply saddened by the news. She has lived in Yokohama and was very knowledgeable about Japanese culture. When I participated in the Agora Gallery’s exhibition in June 2017, she was the first person to talk to me at the opening reception. She was a very calm and elegant human who speaks intellectually.
We have lost her, which is important to both the art world and Japanese artists. I can’t do anything about it, but since I learned of the passing away on the day I uploaded this my new work, I dedicate this painting to her. My deepest condolences and blessings to Eleni, her family, loved ones, and all the staff of Agora Gallery.
Ken WADA

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