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KUWAYAMA Tadaaki,1932 -

Untitled : gray

1980

aluminum metallic paint on canvas, set of 2 works

61.0 × 30.5 cm (each)

each signed and dated on the verso

ESTIMATE :
$9,200 - $13,800
CONDITION

Good condition.
Each signed and dated on the lower half of the verso.

DESCRIPTION

Tadaaki Kuwayama (1932-born in Nagoya) moved from Japan to New York in 1958 and has consistently produced minimalist works. He pioneered the American Minimalist movement in the 1960s, alongside Donald Judd and Frank Stella.

Kuwayama eschewed Nihonga, the traditional Japanese painting method using mineral pigments and paper, and the reductivist painting style from Abstract Expressionism in his early career. By 1965, he had entirely abandoned all Nihonga techniques and shifted to acrylic paint, then into metallic paint, then into oil paint in the 1980s, and then into the reduction of space itself in his works.

This work, in which the surface is painted with metallic colors, mechanically arranges flat monochrome colored surfaces that leave no brushstrokes, eliminating painterly expression to the utmost limit. His works, which emphasise the materiality of paints and materials themselves and aim for pure art and artistic experience without expressing subjectivity as an artist, have won him internatio

PROVENANCE

Akira Ikeda Gallery, Tokyo

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