Makoto Saito, ‘the '60s Memories Bardot [Brigitte Bardot - White]’, 2013, Sotheby's

Property from an Important Private Collection

From the Catalogue
"BB, then, was the anti-Marilyn. Marilyn was the ultimate fetish, the planetary sex symbol molded on a panoply of male fantasies, while BB incarnated the emancipation of feminine desire."
Olivier Zahm in Exh. Cat., London, Gagosian Gallery, Warhol: Bardot, 2011, p. 28)
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed and dated 2013 on the reverse of the panel; signed and dated 2013 on a label affixed to the reverse of the panel

Tomio Koyama Gallery Inc., Tokyo
Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2013)

About Makoto Saito

Makoto Saito began his painting career in 2008, but he had received wide acclaim as an influential and radical graphic designer for over two decades. In his late adolescence, Saito pursued a career as a printmaker, which he then put on hold to focus on commercial work. His current pursuits in painting are deeply intimate and based on what he calls excerpts from his own perspective and observations. Saito is known to drastically distort his images and subjects, with blurring or abstracted forms. His early works were compositions made from reconstructed film stills, executed in heavy layers of paint. More recently, he has created portraits of iconic filmmakers and their best-known works, as well as intimate perspectives of the eroticized female body.

Japanese, b. 1952, Fukuoka, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan