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Shusaku Arakawa
Japan born 1936
United States of America from 1961
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Out of distance / Out of texture [Distance of point blank B] 1978
synthetic polymer paint, fibre-tipped pen and canvas collage on canvas
195.7 (h) x 305.6 (w) cm
inscribed l.r., synthetic polymer paint, "Out of distance/ Out of texture ARAKAWA 1978 at N.Y. City", inscribed verso u.c., fibre-tipped pen, "Out of distance/ out of texture ARAKAWA 1978 at N.Y. City."
Purchased 1980
NGA 1980.2032
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Biography

Shusaku Arakawa was born in Nagoya, Japan, on 6 July 1936. He studied medicine and mathematics at Tokyo University from1954 to 1958. In 1958 he began submitting paintings to the Yomiuri Independent exhibitions and in 1961 held his first solo exhibition at Mudo Gallery, Tokyo. In the same year he moved to New York. Throughout the 1960s he had a number of solo exhibitions at Dwan Gallery, New York and Los Angeles, at Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, and Galleria Schwartz, Milan. In 1966 he was given his first museum exhibition at the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, and in 1970 represented Japan at the Venice Biennale. During the 1970s museums featured his work throughout Europe and the United States and in 1981 a large retrospective was organised by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich. With his wife, the poet Madeline H. Gins, Arakawa has also published books which parallel the preoccupations of his paintings, notably The Mechanism of Meaning (1979). In 1991 a retrospective was organised by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Arakawa and Gins increasingly concentrate on collaborative installation pieces and architectural design, such as the Utopian city of Reversible destiny seen at the Guggenheim Soho in 1997.

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