Takesada Matsutani

A great sensuality, a latent eroticism is also expressed in these works.

Takesada Matsutani was born in Osaka in 1937. In the early 1960s, he was one of the members of the second generation of the Gutai Art Association. In 1966 he moved to Paris and Began working with William Hayter in his studio. Following this, in 1984, Matsutani created one of his greatest compositions: 10 meters wide, which the artist covered with graphite, leaving just a white line in the middle of the gigantic leaf.

Painter, engraver and creator of installations, Matsutani has always sought to evolve his art. Originally trained in Nihonga painting, traditional Japanese painting techniques and conventions, Matsutani moved away from this and his work became more abstract. He began to experiment with media in the early 1960s. Vinyl glue became his preferred material, spreading it on cotton cloth. Matsutani covers his canvases with circular shapes and glue bubbles, which he creates by blowing air into the material with a straw and then drying. He then diligently covers his surfaces with minute graphic pencil strokes. The artist questions space and time, immobility and movement. He also draws some of his inspiration from the organic forms present in blood samples observed under a microscope in a friend’s laboratory. A great sensuality, a latent eroticism is expressed in these works.

 

TWO CIRCLES

Polyvinyl acetate adhesive,
graphite pencil,
Japanese paper on canvas

H 120 x 96 cm
H 47.2 x 37.8 in.

IN BETWEEN

Polyvinyl acetate adhesive,
graphite pencil,
Japanese paper on canvas

H 195 x 130 cm
H 78 ¾ x 51 in.

IN BETWEEN II

Polyvinyl acetate adhesive,
graphite pencil,
Japanese paper on canvas

H 195 x 130 cm
H 78 ¾ x 51 in.

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