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Takesada Matsutani

b. 1937, Osaka, Japan

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Takesada Matsutani (b. 1937 Osaka, Japan) is a painter, sculptor, and printmaker belonging to the second-generation group of avant-garde Gutai artists. Inspired by glue as a medium, Matsutani is best known for his canvas reliefs utilizing blown air into vinyl glue to produce bulbous ridges and bodily shapes protruding from his paintings’ surfaces. Over time, he has implemented new methods of shaping his distinctive works, adding graphite powder to make vinyl appear vaporous and shiny. Today, his works can be found in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and The Albertina Museum in Vienna, among others. Matsutani lives and works between Paris, France and Nishinomiya, Japan.