Kitasono Katue: Surrealist Poet

Courtesty image: LACMA. Kitasono Katue, La Disparition d’Honoré Subrac (オノレ・シュウブラック氏の減形) (1960), gelatin silver print. Collection of John Solt. © Hashimoto Sumiko. Used with permission.

Kitasono Katue was one of the greatest Japanese artists of the 20th century, a true collaborator who participated and was influenced by some of the most famous artistic movements: surrealism, Dadaism, cubism, minimalism and abstract expressionism. Over the course of his career he was a graphic designer and a poet, and much of his work appeared in visual art journals at the time. He also edited and designed more than 500 of them. This is the first solo exhibition of his work outside of Japan.

 

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