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Susumu Koshimizu, one of the principal figures of Mono-ha (School of Things), a group of Tokyo-based artists who were central to the Japanese avant-garde during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Working both indoors and outdoors, the Mono-ha artists explored the encounter between natural and industrial materials, such as charcoal, dirt, stones, steel plates, glass, paper, wood, plastic, rubber, rope, leather, oil, and water. Their usually transient arrangements focused not only on their respective material qualities, but also on the interdependent relationships generated by specific placements within a space. From early on, Koshimizu's investigation of material and space resulted in some of Mono-ha's most definitive artworks.Read More
Susumu Koshimizu was born in Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, in 1944, and currently lives and works in Kyoto and Osaka. He studied in the sculpture department at Tama Art University, Tokyo, from 1966 to 1971. Since then, he has had numerous solo exhibitions in Japan, including at the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu; Ehime Prefectural Museum of Art; Kuma Museum of Art; and Kyoto City University of the Arts. His work has also been included in landmark surveys, such as _Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde, _Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012; _Reconsidering Mono-ha, _National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2005; Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, Tate Modern, London, 2001; _Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky, _Yokohama Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1994; São Paulo Biennale (1983); and Tokyo Biennale (1970): Between Man and Matter, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 1970.
Text courtesy Blum & Poe.
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