29 Sep - 1 Jan 2019
Programmed alongside the exhibition 'Takesada Matsutani. drop in time' at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, this Book Lab is inspired by Matsutani’s interaction with books and takes the ‘artist book’ as its subject. Included in the Book Lab is a selection of the artist’s prints dating back to his time at Atelier 17 where the artist worked as an assistant to Stanley William Hayter. In addition, there will be a series of events inspired by the exhibition and Book Lab, which includes a symposium exploring print and a series of education days. About The Hauser & Wirth Book & Printed Matter Lab The Hauser & Wirth Book & Printed Matter Lab is a project devoted to exploring the important place that books and prints occupy in the practice of artists. Building upon Hauser & Wirth’s curatorial and publishing activities, the Lab presents thematic installations, displays, and programming that invite reflection, creative thinking, and further conversation about the world of printed matter and its connection to artists’ ideas and objectives.
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From the early 1960s until the 1970s Matsutani was a key member of the ‘second generation’ of the influential post war Japanese art collective, the Gutai Art Association. Over five decades Matsutani has developed a unique visual language of form and materials. As part of the Gutai group, Matsutani experimented with vinyl glue, using fans and his own breath to manipulate the substance, creating bulbous and sensuous forms reminiscent of human curves and features.