Hiroshi Fujimatsu: Pop, Step, Attack Pollock!

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One of the most frequent contributors to the radical Yomiuri Independent exhibition, which served as the launching pad for many notable Japanese artists in the 1950s and ’60s, Hiroshi Fujimatsu (1922-1996) was more internationally oriented than most of his contemporaries, having visited the US in 1958 – one year after fellow avant-garde adherent Yayoi Kusama moved across the pond. Fujimatsu was particularly fond of, and occasionally imitated, the work of Jackson Pollock, who used to fling commercial house-paint out of a can onto an unprimed canvas laid on the floor as part of his famed 'action paintings'. This exhibition looks back at the Nagano-born artist's career through 60 pieces, beginning from his Yomiuri Independent days and reaching deep into the ’60s.


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