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Margo Machida

American printmaker and installation artist. Born and raised in New York City, Arai, a third-generation Japanese American printmaker, mixed-media artist, public artist and cultural activist, studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and The Printmaking Workshop in New York. Since the 1970s, her diverse projects have ranged from individual works to large-scale public commissions (...

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Mary M. Tinti

American sculptor, installation and conceptual artist. His multimedia works investigate the pathology of contemporary culture. Mel Chin was born and raised in Houston, Texas to parents of Chinese birth and received his BA in 1975 from the Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. The works in Chin’s oeuvre are diverse in both medium and subject, but a consistent undercurrent of social, political, and environmental responsibility runs throughout. Whether a sculpture, film, video game, installation, public project or earthwork, Chin’s artworks consistently targeted a broad spectrum of pressing cultural and ecological interests and spread their message in subtle, if not viral ways....

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Margo Machida

Asian American mixed-media and installation artist and cultural activist. Ken Chu came to the United States from Hong Kong in 1971, settling in California where he received a BFA in film studies from San Francisco Art Institute (1986). Relocating to New York City after graduation, his encounters with local Asian American artists, activists and cultural organizations supported his artistic efforts, in which he often drew upon subjects that emerged organically from personal experience in the US as a gay Asian man. Adopting popular cultural idioms from film and comics, while also drawing upon symbols and motifs from Chinese and other Asian cultures, his imagery from this pivotal period featured Asian men cast as prototypically American masculine figures, such as California surfers and cowboys, who populate colorful, imaginary scenarios of cross-cultural contact, mixing and desire. In Western societies, where the dominant norms are non-Asian and few viable role models for Asian men exist, Chu’s art strongly asserted their collective presence and place. His socially inspired work has since also engaged matters of anti-Asian violence, internalized racism, stereotyping, homophobia and the impact of AIDS on Asian diasporic communities....

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1947, in Shizuoka.

Installation artist, environmental artist.

In 1989, Katase’s installations were exhibited at Le Magasin in Grenoble, at the Shedhalle in Zurich and at the International Cultural Centre in Antwerp. In 1995 Katase made a collection of sculptural pieces under the overall title ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 1953, on Hokkaido Island.

Installation artist, environmental artist.

Kawamata graduated from the painting section of the Tokyo University of Fine Art in 1979. In addition to his main activity in Japan, his work is often seen abroad. In 1982...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in the USA from 1958.

Born 4 March 1932, in Nagoya (Aichi Prefecture).

Painter, installation artist, environmental artist.

Minimal Art.

After graduating from Tokyo fine arts univesity, Tadaaki Kuwayama settled in New York. He initially painted Abstracts in a style based on a deliberately ‘anti-spiritual’ attitude designed to make the work foreign to the artist’s spirit. Subsequently he created installations and environments, making geometric spatial constructions out of small aluminium modules, as in ...

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Margo Machida

Chinese multimedia artist. Raised in Hong Kong and Macau, Lee immigrated to the United States in 1973 to attend the Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio (BFA 1977), followed by graduate studies at Syracuse University (1977–9). Moving to New York City in ...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Active in Italy from 1967.

Born 1940, in Tonei (Manchuria).

Sculptor, painter, environmental artist.

Nagasawa Hidetoshi studied at the Tama fine arts school in Tokyo. He subsequently went to Europe and settled in Milan, where he worked with Fabro, an artist of the Arte Povera movement....

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 28 January 1927, in Tokyo; died 14 April 2001, in Tokyo.

Sculptor, environmental artist, film maker, flower arranger.

Teshigahara Hiroshi was caught up in 1960s international art but also attached to Japanese tradition: he would invite Rauschenberg and Cage to Tokyo while teaching the art of flower arrangement at the Ikebana School. He created avant-garde environments but used natural components fully in the spirit of Japanese tradition, such as green bamboo....

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Midori Yoshimoto

Japanese sculptor, installation and video artist . Torimitsu received a BFA in sculpture at Tama Art University (1994) and, soon after her university graduation, she completed Miyata Jiro, a life-size robot of a stereotypical Japanese businessman, and made it crawl on the pavements of various districts in Tokyo. Perhaps because of its candid critique of Japanese corporate culture, businessmen in Marunouchi district pretended not to look at the robot, while it attracted large crowds elsewhere. In order to study varying reactions to her robot in different social settings, Torimitsu moved to New York in ...