Tetsumi Kudo : garden of metamorphosis / edited by Doryun Chong ; with contributions by Mike Kelley, Hiroko Kudo, and Nakahara Y�usuke ; and texts by Tetsumi Kudo.
By: Kud�o, Tetsumi.
Contributor(s): Chong, Doryun | Walker Art Center.Material type: BookPublisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Walker Art Center, �2008Edition: 1st ed.Description: 303 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780935640922; 0935640924.Subject(s): Kud�o, Tetsumi, 1935-1990 -- Exhibitions | Kud�o, Tetsumi, 1935-1990 | Kud�o, TetsumiGenre/Form: Exhibition catalogues. | Exhibition catalogs. | Exhibition catalogs.DDC classification: 709.2 Online resources: Table of contents | More online. | More online. | More online. | cover art
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Catalog of an exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Oct. 18, 2008-Jan. 11, 2009.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-292) and index.
The first solo U.S. museum exhibition of Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo's work includes more than 100 works of diverse media and scale--objects, sculpture, installation, drawing, and painting--covering the entire trajectory of his career, from the late 1950s through the late 1980s. Also featured will be a study room, in which viewers can explore a timeline of the artist's life and work and examine historical documentation, posters, and ephemera, as well as studies for some of his larger-scale works. Kudo was a rare artist who bridged many disparate artistic tendencies in the latter half of the 20th century--including French Nouveau Realisme, international Fluxus, Pop art, 1960s anti-art tendencies, and 1980s Japanese postmodernism--without specifically belonging to any of them.
Throughout his life and career he remained an eccentric and enigmatic figure in postwar art. In his stance and approach, temperament, and philosophy, the contemporary artists he perhaps shared most with were figures like Joseph Beuys, Paul Thek, James Lee Byars, and Yayoi Kusama. But the significance of Kudo's work lies not only in art history but in postwar culture and thought more generally. Throughout his career, he remained particularly Japanese, while his art and vision were consistently and uniquely transcultural, international, and cosmopolitan. Deeply concerned with the fate of humanity in the wake of nuclear attacks on his native land and the dawn of the global arms race, Kudo sought to develop a universal humanist language of creativity and regeneration until his untimely death in 1990.
When the body changes into new forms : tracing Tetsumi Kudo / Doryun Chong -- Cultivation by radioactivity / Mike Kelley -- Notes on the work of Tetsumi Kudo (1974) / Nakahara Yusuke -- Artist's writings -- Artist and his words (1959) -- Stimulus, response, objectification (1961) -- Dear Mr. Beeren (Dear Europeans) (1966) -- Pollution -- cultivation -- new ecology (1971) -- Between the cage and painting by computer (1977) -- An overview of the machine (1977) -- Conversation with Kudo, Paris 1974 (1974) -- About the cage (1975) -- Box (1976) -- Reaching my spiritual second life (1981) -- On the structure of the Japanese system (1984) -- Chronology of selected works / Hiroko Kudo -- Epilogue: when the sign becomes object (1968) / Pierre Restany.