Artist

高松次郎/Jiro Takamatsu

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Jiro Takamatsu was born in Shibuya district of Tokyo in 1936. He studied oil painting at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music during the late 1950s. Takamatsu worked in wide range of mediums, including sculpture, photography, painting, drawing, and performance. He formed the artistic collective Hi Red Center (1963-64) with artists Genpei Akasegawa and Natsuyuki Nakanishi, which staged provocative and politically charged events in public spaces in Tokyo. He was also a prolific writer and theorist and he taught at Tama Art University, Tokyo from 1968 to 1972. In 1966 the Tokyo Gallery held his first solo exhibition and later organized seven more solo shows between 1969 and 1987. He represented Japan at the Venice Biennale in 1968 along with other various international exhibitions including the Paris Biennial, 1969; São Paulo Biennial, 1973; Documenta, Kassel, West Germany, 1977. Takamatsu was awarded Prize from the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura in the 9th International Art Exhibition, Japan, 1967 ; Theodoran Foundation Special Prize in 5th Biennale de Paris, 1967; Carlo Cardozzo Prize at the 34th Venice Biennale, 1968; Group Prize at the 6th Biennale de Paris 1969; International Grand Prix at the 8th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, 1972; Bradford University Prize at the 4th British International Print Biennale, Bradford 1974; He died at the age of sixty-two on June 25th, 1998.

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