Tetsumi Kudo, ‘YOU ARE METAMORPHOSING’, 1963, Galerie Christophe Gaillard

Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective - The National Museum of Art, Osaka, November 2, 2013 - January 19, 2014) ; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (February 4, 2014 - March 30, 2014) ; Aomori Museum of Art (April 12, 2014 - June 8, 2014)

Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective. The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts. 625p. November 1, 2013 - p.585, ser.092

  • Private Collection, Anvers, Belgique

About Tetsumi Kudo

In his wide-ranging practice, Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo promoted environmental awareness through found object assemblages, reminiscent of gardens, and cubes that seemed to contain vast inner worlds in states of metamorphosis. A staunch antimodernist, he freely sampled abject imagery, like feces, eyeballs, breasts, and penises, presented in combination with household objects, transistors, and early electronics, to criticize the rampant consumerism of the postwar recovery. Kudo, who was an early proponent of performance-based painting, was an important figure of Tokyo’s “Anti-Art” movement before relocating to Paris in 1962, where he gained recognition for the Happenings he staged and began making art in the vein of Nouveau Réalisme. His lasting legacy can be traced in such artists as Paul McCarthy and Takashi Murakami, who once called him “the father of us all.”

Japanese, 1935-1990, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, based in Tokyo & Paris