Tetsumi Kudo: Metamorphosis at Hauser & Wirth, 22nd Street




Bonjour et Bonne Nuit (Good Day and Good Night), Tetsumi Kudo, 1963; Wood, metal, plastic; 134 x 67 x 67 cm/52 3/4 x 26 3/8 x 26 3/8 in © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris; Courtesy Hiroko Kudo, the Estate of Tetsumi Kudo. Photo: Lance Brewer

In a wide-ranging practice spanning four decades, postwar Japanese artist Tetsumi Kudo (1935 – 1990) explored the effects of mass consumerism, the rise of technology, and ecological degradation on post- war society through satirical, critical, elaborately detailed and meticulously constructed environments that continue to exert a powerful influence on artists today. Opening 5 May, ‘Tetsumi Kudo. Metamorphosis,’ the artist’s first exhibition at Hauser & Wirth New York, focuses upon the late artist’s idea of metamorphosis which emphasizes the need for personal and collective spiritual evolution beyond the values of Western Humanism, which he believed caused war, racism, and colonialism, and alienated people from the natural environment.

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