Hisao Hanafusa

Japanese, b. 1937

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Hisao Hanafusa

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Japanese, b. 1937

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Born in 1937, Hisao Hanafusa moved from Kyoto to New York in 1963 and was influenced by the practice of creating a resolution between of the disparate forms of the painterly and sculptural worlds into a harmonious congruence. In his approach to creating a vertical canvas shaped by cylindrical horizontal forms, Hanafusa reveals a minimal process among the geometry that is both uniquely innovative and brilliantly clean.

Almost exclusively vertical in structure, Hanafusa’s artworks elaborated the possibilities of the horizontal line, using arrangements of tubing and canvas to create patterns that are simultaneously fluid and crisp; visible and hidden. The works feature metallic, silver tubes, which are separated by yellow strips of canvas that are themselves tubular. Hanafusa’s choice to highlight the colored canvas reveal the surface is shaped by a gentle undulation of raw canvas weaving its systemic way through an entire array of tubes; hiding one, revealing another, and so on in a cascading symphony.

After his first US show at The Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT in 1966, Hisa Hanafusa’s work was acquired by Peggy Guggenheim for the museum’s permanent collection. Following a number of solo and group exhibitions here and abroad, Hanafusa is been represented the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), SFMOMA (San Francisco, CA), Kagoshima City Museum of Art (Kagoshima, Japan) , University of California Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Bank of America, Citibank, White, Weld & Co., and the Toyota Corporation of America.

Hisao Hanafusa lives and works in New York.

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Born in 1937, Hisao Hanafusa moved from Kyoto to New York in 1963 and was influenced by the practice of creating a resolution between of the disparate forms of the painterly and sculptural worlds into a harmonious congruence. In his approach to creating a vertical canvas shaped by cylindrical horizontal forms, Hanafusa reveals a minimal process among the geometry that is both uniquely innovative and brilliantly clean.

Almost exclusively vertical in structure, Hanafusa’s artworks elaborated the possibilities of the horizontal line, using arrangements of tubing and canvas to create patterns that are simultaneously fluid and crisp; visible and hidden. The works feature metallic, silver tubes, which are separated by yellow strips of canvas that are themselves tubular. Hanafusa’s choice to highlight the colored canvas reveal the surface is shaped by a gentle undulation of raw canvas weaving its systemic way through an entire array of tubes; hiding one, revealing another, and so on in a cascading symphony.

After his first US show at The Silvermine Guild of Artists, New Canaan, CT in 1966, Hisa Hanafusa’s work was acquired by Peggy Guggenheim for the museum’s permanent collection. Following a number of solo and group exhibitions here and abroad, Hanafusa is been represented the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), SFMOMA (San Francisco, CA), Kagoshima City Museum of Art (Kagoshima, Japan) , University of California Art Museum (Berkeley, CA), Bank of America, Citibank, White, Weld & Co., and the Toyota Corporation of America.

Hisao Hanafusa lives and works in New York.

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