Tadashi Kawamata

(Japanese, born 1953)

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From Artnet: Tadashi Kawamata is a contemporary Japanese artist best known for sculptural installations. Mostly made from mass-produced materials like wooden pallets, balsa wood, corrugate tin, and cardboard, Tadashi’s work, playfully suggests the link between socio-economic status and architectural styles. In one of the artist’s hallmark works Project on Roosevelt Island (1992), he constructed a tangled web of wood scaffolding around a disused 19th-century smallpox hospital. In this work, the artist brings to light architecture’s controversial role as a fortification from illness. Born in 1953 in Hokkaido, Japan, Kawamata’s art was influenced by his childhood interest in urban spaces. Notably, the artist often employs residents living near his site-specific installations. He exhibited at the 1982 Venice Biennale and documenta 9 in 1992. The artist lives and works between Paris, France and Tokyo, Japan.

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