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 Niizuma, Minoru (1930 - 1998)
Japan

Fortress I, 1986

Marble;
120 x 50 x 50 cm
Contemporary Sculpture

UID 100-1641



Biography

Niizuma is a well-recognized world-wide Japanese stone sculptor. He was born in Tokyo, Japan, lived in New York and Sintra, Portugal and died in Portugal. He graduated from the National Tokyo University of Arts, Tokyo. From 1964-70 he was instructor at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, New York. 1972-84 Adjunct Professor, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, 1983 Director, Stone Institute of New York. Niizuma participated and organized several international Stone Sculpture Symposiums, in Vermont, Austria, New York, Dublin, Portugal and Japan. A selection of solo exhibitions: 1966 Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1971 Rockefeller University, New York, 1973 Fimpel, Hanover and Andre Emmerich Galerie, Zurich, 1976 Center for International Arts, New York, Seibu Museum of Art, Tokyo, 1982 Rosenberg Fine Arts Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 1984 Vorpal Gallery, San Francisco, CA, Designers's Emporium, Honolulu, Hawaii; 1988 Galleria Quadrum, Lisbon, Portugal, 1989 Foundation Veranneman, Belgium. Niizuma is represented in the Collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Guggenheim Museum, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Kyoto, among many other institutions. Niizuma, who comprehended the mind of stone, gave full play to the textual qualities of stone in order to convey his idea to it. Regardless of the size of his works, his works take on a dignified and meditative appearance. The Berardo Collection owns the artists' last works, approximately 50 pieces.






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