II. Hard Edge 1968 — 1978


In the 1970s, Matsutani experiments in printmaking and painting with clearly defined shapes, lines, and vivid colors on flat surfaces. These works span an immense scale from large to small.

 
 
 
 
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Hard Edge Works


Matsutani's first canvases in Paris are related to the then contemporary Hard-Edge movement. From small to large formats, they combine flattened organic forms and rectangles in the vibrant colors used in printmaking. In 1967, Matsutani joins Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 printing studio, where he meets his future wife, American artist Kate Van Houten.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A truly singular period in the artist’s career, the early 1970s timeframe of the current show highlights Matsutani’s committed exploration of the flattening of shapes, through a frank use of strong colours in oil on canvas.

— Hauser & Wirth

Press Release, TAKESADA MATSUTANI
ZÜRICH MARCH 19TH-MAY 21ST, 2016