Tetsumi Kudo

Art Works
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Installation view:

Tetsumi Kudo: Retrospective
September 25, 2016 - Jaunuary 1, 2017
Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
 

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Coelcanth
1970
painted cage artificial soil, cotton, plastic polyseter, resin pills
10 1/4 x 12 1/4 x 6 inches
(26 x 31.1 x 15.2 cm)
ARG# KT1970-025

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Graft '72 (Greffe '72)
1972
Plastic, metal, soil, thermometer, wire, resin, adhesive, paint, hair, rope
35 x 23 x 15 inches (88.9 x 58.4 x 38.1 cm)
ARG# KT1972-002

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Installation view:

Tetsumi Kudo: Retrospective
September 25, 2016 - Jaunuary 1, 2017
Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany
 

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Your Portrait - R
1965-66
wood, paint, plastic, cotton
11 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches
(29.8 x 29.8 x 29.8 cm)
ARG# KT1966-009

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Votre Portrait - Chrisalyde

1966

mixed media

37 3/8 x 74 13/16 x 37 3/8 inches (94.9 x 190 x 94.9 cm)
ARG# KT1966-002

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Souvenir La Mue
1967
plastic, artificial soil, artificial flowers, wood, paint, cotton
13 9/16 x 16 x 10 1/2 inches
(34.4 x 40.6 x 26.7 cm)
ARG# KT1967-004

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Installation view:


Garden of Metamorphosis
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
October 18, 2008 - January 11, 2009

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Garden of the Metamorphosis in the Space Capsule
1968
painted wood, artificial flowers, fabric, black light
138 x 138 x 138 inches
(350.5 x 350.5 x 350.5 cm)
ARG# KT1968-001

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Interior view:


Garden of the Metamorphosis in the Space Capsule
1968
painted wood, artificial flowers, fabric, black light
138 x 138 x 138 inches
(350.5 x 350.5 x 350.5 cm)
ARG# KT1968-001

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Installation view:


Garden of Metamorphosis
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN
October 18, 2008 - January 11, 2009

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TETSUMI KUDO
Untitled
C. 1972
Lithograph
19 1/2 x 25 1/2 inches
(49.5 x 64.8 cm)
Edition of 450
ARG# KT1972-031

 

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Human Bonsai - Freedom of Deformity - Deformity of Freedom
1979
Plastic, wood, iron, metal chains, soil, thermometer, adhesive, paint
16 1/2 x 29 1/4 x 3 7/8 inches
(41.9 x 74.3 x 9.8 cm)
ARG# KT1979-005


© ADAGP, Paris & ARS, New York
Courtesy of Hiroko Kudo
Photo by Christopher Burke

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Installation view:

Counter Forms
Tetsumi Kudo, Alina Szapocznikow, Paul Thek, Hannah Wilke
Curated by Elena Filipovic
Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
October 12 – November 16, 2013

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Tokyo-Paris Magnetic Axis and Empty Axis (Tokyo-Paris axe magnétique et axe vide)

1982-83

wood, string, resin, adhesive

Overall dimension: 15 x 26 x 14 inches

(38.1 x 66 x 35.6 cm)
ARG# KT1982-003

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Votre portrait - C

1962

boite en bois penit, poupées en caoutchouc, roulettes de jeu, carte à jouer, passoires en aluminium

Closed:21.46 x 21.46 x 8.86 inches (54.5 x 54.5 x 22.5 cm)

Open: 21.46 x 42.91 x 8.86 inches (54.5 x 109 x 22.5 cm)
ARG# KT1962-008

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Your Portrait May 66

1966

painted lawn chairs, umbrella, painted cages, swim suit top, stockings

39 3/8 x 26 3/8 x 52 3/8 inches

(100 x 67 x 133 cm)

35 13/16 x 26 3/8 x 39 3/8 inches

(91 x 67 x 100 cm)
ARG# KT1966-005

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L'Ame d'Artiste d'Avant-Garde
1986-87
wooden support, wool, wire, fake pink eyes
5.91 x 6.69 x 38.58 inches
Skull: 7 x 6 7/8 x 5 inches
ARG# KT1986-001


© ADAGP, Paris & ARS, New York
Courtesy of Hiroko Kudo
Photo by Christopher Burke

Biography

Tetsumi Kudo (born in Osaka, 1935-1990) explored the existential possibilities for humanity in an increasingly polluted and consumption-driven world. Through performances, films, texts, and most importantly sculpture incorporating found materials and household objects, he sought to subvert the separation between art and lived experience, and to interrogate mass consumerism and the rise of technology. As an essential figure in the development of “anti-art” avant-garde art in Tokyo in the late 1950’s, and as one of the most innovative artists in France in the 1960s and 70s after settling in Paris in 1962, Kudo suggested a “new ecology” in which pollution, technology, and humanity had become a symbiotic whole in which each affected the other.

Tetsumi Kudo’s work has been widely recognized since the 1960s, exhibiting throughout Europe and Japan. His work can be found in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Stedelijk Museum; the Pinault Collection; Aomori Museum of Art; National Museum of Art, Osaka; National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; among others. His work is the subject of a large scale retrospective this Fall at the Fridericianum in Kassel, Germany (2016). Other significant exhibitions include: a retrospective in 2013 (Osaka Museum, Aomori Museum, and National Museum of Art, Tokyo); Walker Art Center (2008), La Maison Rouge, Paris (2007), The National Museum of Art Osaka (1994), the Van Reekum Museum, Apeldoorn and the Stedelijk Museum (1991).


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