Japanese Artist- Performance Art, Endurance Art, Visual Art, Pioneer
Tetsumi Kudo was one of the most innovative artists in Japan in the 1950s, and in France in the ’60s and ’70s exploring the existential possibilities for humanity in an increasingly polluted and consumption-driven world, issues critical in today’s artistic practice and political debate. Beginning his career in Tokyo making heavily impastoed paintings reminiscent of Gutai canvases, Kudo became a prominant figure of the Tokyo Anti-Art movement (1958-62). Most well recognised for his iconic assemblages, live happenings and installations, Kudo’s practice has been described as “informed by an atomic imaginary.” (Ocula)
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- Kapur, Nick (2018). Japan at the Crossroads: Conflict and Compromise after Anpo. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press
- Performance Art Literature page