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Shusaku Arakawa

Massimo Minini, Brescia, H12

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Shusaku Arakawa, Card into Feather, 1963 - 1964, Mixed media, 121.5 ×  × 183 × 2.5 cm, Courtesy of Galleria Massimo Minini

Shusaku Arakawa, Card into Feather, 1963 - 1964, Mixed media, 121.5 ×  × 183 × 2.5 cm, Courtesy of Galleria Massimo Minini

For Spotlight, Massimo Minini is giving a solo presentation by Shusaku Arakawa (Nagoya, 1936–2010). Arakawa stands at the intersection of Western and Eastern thought. He applies a dialectical extension of Duchamp’s principle that art must be put ‘at the service of the mind’ by exploring visual and non-visual, literary and scientific thinking. His work consists of mental diagrams for images anchored to the outside world. Initially, Minini’s investigation centred on geometric renderings of objects seen from various perspectives, such as Bottomless No. 1 (1965) and Untitled (1964). In works that the artist refers to as ‘New Realism’, shapes are replaced by words (always nouns), lines, arrows and dots, as in The diagram of meeting (a conversation), 1967, and Separated Continuums, 1966. This last piece is from a series of paintings based on words that describe physical places, such as New York City, Central Park, or Long Island.

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