Susumu Koshimizu was born in Uwajima in Ehime Prefecture in 1944, and now lives and works in Kyoto. He was a student in the Department of Sculpture at Tama Art University from 1966, alongside Nobuo Sekine (see lots 74, 80), Kishio Suga (see lots 75, 77, 78, 81, 82) and Katsuro Yoshida, who were students of Yoshishige Saito (see lots 73, 79) in the Painting Department.
Koshimizu became a prominent artist associated with the Mono-ha movement from the 1960s, creating minimal sculptures and installation works from materials such as iron, wood and paper. His 1969 work Paper consisted of nothing more than a huge envelope of Japanese paper, open on one side. When the viewer looked inside, they were confronted by a large stone (weighing approximately 3-tons) concealed within, challenging the relationship between interior structure and exterior form.
Koshimizu’s work is held in numerous museum collections including:
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, go to:
Tate Modern, London, go to: