Jiro Takamatsu


Essays by Jordan Carter, Hiroyuki Nakanishi, and Jiro Takamatsu

7 3/4 × 10 1/2 inches, 160 pages, softcover
ISBN 978-1-941753-11-8
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Pioneering conceptualist Jiro Takamatsu (1936–1998), a major influence on the artists of the Mono-ha movement, had a career that spanned forty-plus years, during which time his considerable influence as an artist, theorist, and teacher extended across the Japanese postwar cultural landscape.

Grounded in broad philosophical principles, Takamatsu sought to take art outside of the confines of conventional and institutional settings, collapsing the boundaries between art and life. His practice shifts across appearance and materials, from drawing and sculpture to photography.

Jiro Takamatsu catalogues recently exhibited works (at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Los Angeles), including the seminal Rusty Ground, shown in North America for the first time in the winter of 2016. The book will also include archival photography of the artist’s studio, historical process images, and stills from a 1974 Japanese television documentary depicting Takamatsu at work.

Copiously illustrated, the book offers a timely re-evaluation of Takamatsu’s practice following a significant resurgence of appreciation for the Japanese avant-garde, and features essays by Hiroyuki Nakanishi, Curator of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Jordan Carter, Curatorial Fellow for the Visual Arts, Walker Art Center, and the late Takamatsu.