Minneapolis

Tetsumi Kudo, Your Portrait B, 1962, mixed media, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4".

Tetsumi Kudo, Your Portrait B, 1962, mixed media, 11 3/4 x 11 3/4 x 11 3/4".

Minneapolis

“Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis”

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
October 18, 2008–January 11, 2009

Curated by Doryun Chong

Viewers unfamiliar with the work of the late Tetsumi Kudo—likely most Americans, since this will be his first solo show at a US museum—may be struck by how much the art looks of its era, and yet how plausibly it might have been made yesterday. Born in Osaka in 1935, Kudo belonged to a restless postwar generation coping with atomic trauma and headlong consumerism. When he moved to Paris in 1962, he synthesized Nouveau Réalisme, Pop, and Fluxus into elegiac, scatological assemblages, studded with mushroomy body parts. Roughly one hundred objects from the 1950s through the ’80s will be displayed, with a “study room” presenting documentation and ephemera. The catalogue will include texts by Mike Kelley and curator Doryun Chong, an illustrated chronology by the artist’s widow, Hiroko Kudo, and statements and interviews not previously published in English.