Matsumi Kanemitsu

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Born in Ogden, Utah in 1922, Matsumi Kanemitsu was raised in Japan, then returned to the US in 1940 and served in the Army. Following WWII, Matsumi Kanemitsu traveled to Paris where he studied with Fernand Leger and then returned to the U.S. where he studied with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Student’s League in New York. There he met and became friends with the abstract painters Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, Norman Bluhm and Michael Goldberg. Matsumi Kanemitsu belonged to the group referred to as the Second Generation Abstract-Expressionists. In 1956, his work was included in a Whitney Annual, and in 1962, he participated in a group show at the Tanager Gallery, a Tenth Street cooperative. By 1960 he was exhibiting at galleries in New York and Los Angeles, and in 1962 his work traveled with the Museum of Modern Art exhibition, 14 Americans. In the early 1960s, with an invitation from June Wayne to produce lithographs at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Kanemitsu moved to Los Angeles. He taught at Chouinard Art Institute (1965-1970) and then Otis Art Institute (1971-1983). Matsumi Kanemitsu mastered and worked in 4 different media: traditional Japanese sumi ink drawing, watercolor, lithography and painting on canvas. He created his own complex technique that combined brushing, staining, pouring and glazing to create richly layered paintings that fused abstraction with a Zen sensibility, evocative of landscapes and forces of nature. He infused his work with suggestions of biomorphic forms and representational elements that gave his paintings a distinct visual experience. Matsumi Kanemitsu's artwork is included in many private and public collections, including National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA among others. EXHIBITIONS

Landscapes and Cloudscapes: As Seen Through Gestural Abstract Painting
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Monday, September 1, 2014
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GESTURE THEN AND NOW: THE LEGACY OF ABSRACT EXPRESSIONISM
Friday, January 24, 2014 - Sunday, March 23, 2014
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MATSUMI KANEMITSU (1922-1992)
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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Matsumi  Kanemitsu Sunset Fox
Oil on canvas   1971
36 x 60 in
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Matsumi  Kanemitsu Untitled
Acrylic and gouache on paper   1966
11 x 15 in
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Matsumi  Kanemitsu Untitled
Oil on canvas   1955
16.25 x 30 in
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Matsumi Kanemitsu Biography



(1922 - 1992)

Born to Japanese parents in Ogden, Utah in 1922. Kanemitsu was raised in a suburb of Hiroshima, Japan, until he was eighteen. He came alone to the United States in 1940 to pursue a higher education and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1941, giving up his dual citizenship. However, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor he was arrested and sent to a series of army detention camps. In the post-war years Kanemitsu moved to the East Coast, first studying sculpture with Karl Metzler in Baltimore before moving to New York. In New York, he attended the Art Students League under the instruction of teachers such as Harry Sternberg and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Kuniyoshi, and later Ad Reinhardt, were influential mentors. In 12961 he earned a Ford Foundation grant to work at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles and readily translated the techniques of simi painting into lithography. He taught at the Chouinard Art School from 1965 to 1970 and at the Otis Art Institute from 1971 to 1983, both in Los Angeles.

Kanemitsu was proficient in four separate mediums: sumi (Japanese ink drawing), watercolor, lithography, and painting on canvas. He painted with acrylics and used a complex technique that involved brushing, staining, pouring, and glazing to achieve abstract imagery that often reflected landscapes and the forces of nature. He worked all of his life with Japanese sumi ink and brushes, maintaining that the dramatic effects of color painting could also be achieved in black and white and the gradations between them. Y.H.

Matsumi Kanemitsu Description

Born in Ogden, Utah in 1922, Matsumi Kanemitsu was raised in Japan, then returned to the US in 1940 and served in the Army. Following WWII, Matsumi Kanemitsu traveled to Paris where he studied with Fernand Leger and then returned to the U.S. where he studied with Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Art Student’s League in New York. There he met and became friends with the abstract painters Jackson Pollock, Willem De Kooning, Franz Kline, Norman Bluhm and Michael Goldberg. Matsumi Kanemitsu belonged to the group referred to as the Second Generation Abstract-Expressionists. In 1956, his work was included in a Whitney Annual, and in 1962, he participated in a group show at the Tanager Gallery, a Tenth Street cooperative. By 1960 he was exhibiting at galleries in New York and Los Angeles, and in 1962 his work traveled with the Museum of Modern Art exhibition, 14 Americans. In the early 1960s, with an invitation from June Wayne to produce lithographs at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Kanemitsu moved to Los Angeles. He taught at Chouinard Art Institute (1965-1970) and then Otis Art Institute (1971-1983). Matsumi Kanemitsu mastered and worked in 4 different media: traditional Japanese sumi ink drawing, watercolor, lithography and painting on canvas. He created his own complex technique that combined brushing, staining, pouring and glazing to create richly layered paintings that fused abstraction with a Zen sensibility, evocative of landscapes and forces of nature. He infused his work with suggestions of biomorphic forms and representational elements that gave his paintings a distinct visual experience. Matsumi Kanemitsu's artwork is included in many private and public collections, including National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo; Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA among others.

Matsumi Kanemitsu Resumé


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:


1950           Corcoran Art Gallery, Washington, D.C.
1954           Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, Conn.
1956           Recent Drawings ,USA, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1957           New School for Social Research, New York
1962           14 Americans, Museum of Modern Art, New York
1971           Black and White Drawing and Watercolors, San Fransisco
                              Museum of Modern Art
1972           Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA
1986           Japanese Artists Who Studied in U.S.A., 1875-1960,
                              Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art
1988           Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Los Angeles
1990           Yamaki Art Gallery, Osaka.


SELECTED COLLECTIONS:

Baltimore Museum of Art
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art
Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art
Honolulu Academy of Arts
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Philadelphia Museum of Art
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY:

Brown, Michael D. Views from Asian California 1920-1965, An Illustrated History
(San Francisco: Michael D. Brown, 1992)
Matsumi Kanemitsu Lithographs 1961-1990 (Osaka: Yamaki Art Gallery, 1990)
Matsumi Kanemitsu, Works in Black and White, 1958-1988)
(Los Angeles: Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 1988)
Nordland, Gerald. Matsumi Kanemitsu (1922-1992) A Retrospective
(Beverly Hills Louis Newman Galleries, 1993)
Uyemura, Nancy. ‘Portrait of an Artist,’ Tozai Times 5, issue 51
(December 1988): 1, 10


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