New York

Tetsumi Kudo

Andrea Rosen Gallery

This tantalizing introduction to the work of Tetsumi Kudo, via twenty-five of his wildly idiosyncratic and often strenuously lurid multimedia sculptures, constituted the first gallery show in the United States devoted to the late Japanese artist. It was also intended to do some advance work for his major retrospective, which opened last month at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, by demonstrating that Kudo—little known beyond his native country and his adopted home of France, where he lived from the early 1960s until the late 1980s—was, as the Rosen show’s essayist and curator Joshua Mack hails him, “a significant precursor to much at the core of contemporary aesthetics.” The selection did confirm a range of motifs and concerns around interpenetrating states of physical and emotional turmoil that locate Kudo among the predecessors of contemporary abject expressionism, from Paul McCarthy

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