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    Sale 7582

    Japanese Art and Design

    14 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 337

    Yasuo Sumi (b. 1925)

    YASUO SUMI (B. 1925)

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    Yasuo Sumi (b. 1925)
    No. 1, 1960
    Oil on canvas, signed Sumi Yasuo, framed
    156.2 x 116.8cm.

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    Yasuo Sumi joined the Gutai Art Association in 1955 and participated in all the Gutai exhibitions from the first to the twenty-first. He was invited to the 45th Venice Biennale and has held many exhibitions both in Japan and abroad including at the Tokyo City Modern Art Museum, Kyoto City Modern Art Museum, Hyogo Prefecture Museum, Osaka City Modern Art Museum, Galerie National du Jeu de Paume in Paris, New York'’s Martha Jackson Gallery, New York Cultural Exchange Cntrer, the Rotterdam Design House in the Netherlands and the Milan Art Center.

    He uses everyday objects such as combs, abaci and geta [sandals] to produce highly abstract works. These tools he persists in using, which is in contrast to other members of the Gutai who search continuously for new tools and materials.

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