This is a fine work of modern art, 22 3/8" by 22 3/8", unsigned, but acquired decades ago directly from the artist (and, apparently pictured at in one of the accompanying brochures, see the work at lower right next-to-last photo), along with at least two paintings by that artist, the well-known Japanese-born transplant to New York, TAKESHI KAWASHIMA (1930-). Kawashima was in New York by 1963 but even before that move, he was known in his home country for what the essay on his website describes as "bold abstract paintings of emblematic shapes encased within regular grids.......suggestive of organic forms......". Kawashima's work was included in the seminal 1965/1966 "New Japanese Painting and Sculpture" exhibition held in New York at the Museum of Modern Art, which acquired a work by him for the permanent collection. The artist received favorable notice by New York Times art critic John Canaday. Over the decades, there have been many exhibitions of the artist's work in the U.S. and Japan, a number of paintings have appeared at auction, and major museums hold his work. The artist's pure abstraction, suggestion of biomorphic forms can be said to follow after Jean Arp, but Kawashima, it is written, absorbed Color Field painting, Hard Edge, Pop Art, Op Art into his approach to his art. See the fine essay on the website devoted to him. This wall sculpture, purchased directly from the Los Angeles estate of the original purchaser, is in excellent condition save for a tiny chip on a corner on the back edge. **TWO ORIGINAL 1970's PUBLISHED BOOKLETS ON THE ARTIST ACCOMPANY THE RELIEF SCULPTURE, SEE PHOTO** SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER WORKS OF ART NOW IN MY SHOP.
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