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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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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1940, in Kobe.

Painter, sculptor of assemblages. Multimedia.

Conceptual Art.

Kawaguchi studied at the Tama School of Fine Art in Tokyo, graduating in 1962. He teaches at the University of Akashi. Kawaguchi’s interest in conceptual art appeared early in his career. Since then, he has used the new media of light, video, photography and film. He creates assemblages of markers arranged in a space, some of which can be electronically stimulated. Interested in making his art available outside normal gallery and museum spaces, he has produced two works for Japanese high schools: ...

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Japanese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Born 24 April 1948, in Osaka.

Painter, draughtsman, sculptor.

Conceptual Art.

Kitatsuji Yoshihisa studied at the Tama Art School, Tokyo, from 1968 to 1972. The next year he travelled to the West, visiting France, Germany, Italy and The Netherlands. He lives and works in Osaka. His work is first and foremost a reflection on painting itself, how the image fades and wastes away; at the same time, his work is concerned with the artist’s eye, which gives the image its quality. He uses photocopying techniques to produce modified repetitions of an original drawing....

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 18 December 1937, in Tokyo; died 15 February 1978, in Kyoto.

Sculptor.

Conceptual Art.

Miki Tomio learned barbering and graduated from the Eisi technical school in 1957. As a sculptor, he was self-taught, and his sculpture is akin to Conceptual Art in some of its manifestations. Its central theme is the ear. This is the organ which is least integrated into the human anatomy, as it is almost detached, and for Miki it has become the symbol of de-communication, a symbol which enables him to express the absurdity and futility of a world in which communication is impossible. In the early 1970s, however, his work began moving away from the ear motif....

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Morgan Falconer and Mary Chou

Japanese painter and sculptor. He studied at Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music (BFA 1986, MFA 1988, PhD 1993). Murakami began to gain recognition as a sculptor in the early 1990s. Drawing on Minimalism and conceptual art, his work often explored the clash between contemporary Japanese and American culture. ...

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Karen M. Fraser

Japanese photographer, sculptor, and conceptual artist. He studied at Kyoto City University of Fine Arts, where he earned a BFA in 1967 and an MFA in 1969. Nomura was initially trained as a sculptor. In his MFA thesis project, Tardiology (1969), Nomura explored the idea of non-permanent sculptural form, creating an eight-metre tall cardboard sculpture and then using photographs to record the changes in form as the boxes gradually collapsed under their own weight. From that point on photography was one of his primary media. Nomura was interested in investigating processes of scientific and natural phenomena with a particular focus on the passage of time. He used photographs to capture movement and changes over time and to make previously unseen things visible. Many of his projects were created over lengthy periods, with photographs being taken daily or monthly and for years. In his ...

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Midori Yoshimoto

Japanese conceptual artist, sculptor and installation artist . Sone earned an MA in architecture at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (1992), but decided to experiment with a wider range of media in order to explore the concepts of futility and the unattainable. His first work, ...

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Japanese, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Tokyo.

Sculptor.

Neo-Dadaism, Mono-ha (school of things), Conceptual Art.

Haireddo Senta group.

Takamatsu Jiro finished his training in the painting department at the university of fine arts in Tokyo in 1958. In 1970, he began to exhibit at the Japan Art Festival Association. In ...

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Xu Bing  

Chinese, 20th – 21st century, male.

Active in the United States and China.

Born 1955, in China.

Painter, sculptor, installation artist, conceptual artist.

Xu Bing trained at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, in Beijing, following two years spent in the countryside during China’s Cultural Revolution. He received his M.F.A. in printmaking in ...

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Morgan Falconer

Japanese sculptor. He studied at Musashino Art University, Tokyo, and completed a fellowship in sculpture at Yale University, New Haven, CT, in 1990. Initially Yanagi was influenced by the Minimalist and Conceptualist orientation of the Japanese Monoha movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s; soon after he became known for a series of performances using coloured gas. He rose to international prominence in the 1990s following the success of a number of seminal installations that employed ants as metaphors for global migration. In the ...