Yutaka Matsuzawa, 'Contemplate a White Circle on This White Sheet of Paper (Swan Song),'1976


Yutaka Matsuzawa

Every Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Nov. 16-Dec. 21
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Art, Galleries

Yutaka Matsuzawa is considered by some to be the father of Japanese conceptual art. After witnessing the 1945 firebombing of Tokyo as a young man, he proclaimed that he would pursue an “architecture of invisibility.” Exploring the notion of disappearance, Matsuzawa, who died in 2006, incorporated philosophical concepts, as well as physics and math, into his work. His art rejected materialism, instead taking a minimalist approach focusing on text and performance. Yale Union, a gallery located in Portland, Oregon, exhibited the first U.S. solo exhibition of Matsuzawa’s work earlier this year, as well as republishing the artist’s Quantum Art Manifesto from 1988. The exhibition, curated by Alan Longino and Reiko Tomii, comes to Midway Contemporary Art this week.