ARTIST INFO

Susumu KOSHIMIZU

Susumu KOSHIMIZU (1944- ) used to be a member of Mono-ha (school of substances), which was another important artistic movement in Japanese art history from late 1960s to early 70s as well as “Gutai” group. Having belonging to this group, KOSHIMIZU is one of those artists who question the very root of art and continually works in the consideration about human relationship with the existence and functions of natural materials such as wood, stone, paper, soil, iron.
As a student of Tama Art Universtiy, where the Western concept of sculptures about space and quantity is dominant, he experienced a kind of blast produced by the production of an artwork in 1968 at the creating scene of by Nobuo SEKINE, the very moment now recognized as the beginning of mono-ha. From this point, having been released from the materialistic concept of West, he got back to the starting point of attitude towards his artwork and thinking and started to visualize “things”, “the way of thinking” and “the way of feeling” drawn naturally from his surroundings. It was in 1971 when he started to take particular care of “to show”, to be appealing to the eyes and this character developed into the series (~73). He has been free from a Mono-ha tendency after 70s. He produces works which highlight the relationships between materials, or ones that questions the true nature of art by using the ordinary materials estranged from their usual usages.

Works

  • Title
    Relief, Line- horizon
    Size
    72.6×75cm
    Year
    2015
    Medium
    plywood, paper, pastel, wire
  • Title
    From Surface to Surface- canvas
    Size
    each 84×72cm
    Year
    1973
    Medium
    canvas, wooden frame
  • Title
    a tetrahedron- Cast Iron
    Size
    87×75×74cm
    Year
    1992
    Medium
    iron
  • Title
    Relief '91-21
    Size
    150×121×7cm
    Year
    1991
    Medium
    hazel plywood, pigment
  • Title
    Chesnut and Tricolor
    Size
    each 210×30×7.5cm
    Year
    2016
    Medium
    chestnut, pigment
  • Title
    Relief, Line- horizon
    Size
    72.6×75cm
    Year
    2015
    Medium
    plywood, paper, pastel, wire
  • Title
    From Surface to Surface- canvas
    Size
    each 84×72cm
    Year
    1973
    Medium
    canvas, wooden frame
  • Title
    a tetrahedron- Cast Iron
    Size
    87×75×74cm
    Year
    1992
    Medium
    iron
  • Title
    Relief '91-21
    Size
    150×121×7cm
    Year
    1991
    Medium
    hazel plywood, pigment
  • Title
    Chesnut and Tricolor
    Size
    each 210×30×7.5cm
    Year
    2016
    Medium
    chestnut, pigment

CV

1944
Born in Uwajima, Ehime, Japan
1966
Graduated from Tama Art University
1968
Participated in the production of by Nobuo SEKINE
1974
Moved to Kansai region
1994
Appointed as a professor at Kyoto City University of Arts
2003
Received the 2nd Enku Award
2010
Inaugurated as an emeritus professor at Kyoto City University of Arts
2011
Inaugurated as president of Takarazuka University

Selected Solo Exhibitions

1981
Takashimaya Department Store, Tokyo to celebrate 10th Denchu Hirakushi Prize
1992
Sculptor of Today, of a Culture” The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Ehime Prefectual Museum of Art, Ehime
1993
“Susumu Koshimizu” Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
2005
“Susumu Koshimizu,” Kuma Museum of Art, Ehime, Japan
2010
Retirement commemoration exhibition ”gravity / mass / work” , Kyoto City University of Arts, Kyoto
2010
“Snow departs from snow” (Tokyo Gallery+BTAP, Tokyo)
2013
"Susumu Koshimizu," Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan
2013
Blum&Poe, Los Angels, CA, USA
2015
Kizahashi no Niwa, Gallery Yamaki Fine Art, Kobe, Japan
2016
Blum&Poe, Los Angels, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016
Art Basel Hong Kong
2017
"When Attitudes Become Form: Japanese Art of the 1970s through the Photography of Anzaï Shigeo," The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan

Awards

1972
The 2nd Suma Palace Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition / Ube Sculpture Museum Award
1980
The 11th Nakahara Teijirou Award
1981
The 10th Hirakushi Denchu Award
1983
New Generation of Contemporary Art, Okada Foundation Award
1985
The 11th Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition / The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Award
1987
The 11th Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition / Mainichi Newspapers Award
1988
Showa 62, Art Encouragement, Minister of Culture Award
1989
The 2nd Kyoto Art and Culture Award
1999
Kyoto Award for distinguished cultural service
2004
The 2nd Enku Award
2007
A Purple Ribbon Medal