Mixed-media artist Takesada Matsutani belongs to the second generation of the Gutai Art Association, Japan's post-war art collective that eschewed traditional forms and practices for performative events, large-scale environments, and work in multiple media. Matsutani's preferred materials are vinyl glue and graphite, which he manipulates in often unexpected ways--such as directly blowing on them--thus calling attention to their movement or stasis across surfaces. In 1966, Matsutani moved to Paris and soon started to experiment with hard-edge compositions in color, often tinged with a sensuous eroticism. After taking photographs of his objects and paintings, he sometimes created silkscreens based on them, such as this example, in a multi-staged practice which he continues today.
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About Takesada Matsutani
Japanese, b. 1937, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan