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Tetsumi - Contextual

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Title: Pollution-Cultivation-New Ecology Date: February 14, 2009 Artist: Tetsumi Kudo By Karry Calderon Medium: Wood, artificial soil, artificial grass, artificial flower, cotton, plastic, polyester, snail shells, toy earthworm, transistors, crucifix, adhesive, hair, paint, nails Size: 26 x 21-3/4 x 6-1/2 in. Year: 1971-73 Source:http://visualarts.walkerart.org/detail.wac?id=4388&title=Current%20Exhibitions&style=images Tetsumi Kudo was born on February 23rd, 1935 in Osaka, Japan. Tetsumi Kudo studied oil painting at and graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1958. ...read more.

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We should, for example, react to his series which address the issue of radioactivity and environment. Tetsumi Kudo died of cancer on November 12, 1990 in Tokyo, Japan. Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo came of age in the 1950s as Japan was dealing with the trauma of postwar military occupation and the postatomic. Kudo's ideas about a "new ecology" critiqued the West's dualistic way of pitting humanity against nature and technology. ...read more.

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They fit into a neo-Dada tradition that includes Jasper Johns, Daniel Spoerri, Yayoi Kusama, Lucas Samaras and Paul Thek. They update Surrealism (and Joseph Cornell) with the psychedelic colors of hippies and Pop. Tetsumi's art is very original and it one few artists I have found that explore the theme of pollution and nature. His originality of his themes and the authentic method in which he illustrates them has really inspired me to explore my theme with the use of any material; whether it be dirt, sand or real snail shells, I don't have to be limited to the materials in my art room. ...read more.

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