Tajiri working on Warrior/Guerrier

EARLY PLASTER

 

"The first series of sculptures that I felt made a personal statement, were the iron and plaster pieces that date from 1948. These were shown at the CoBrA Exhibitions, 1949 and 1952.”

- Shinkichi Tajiri

 

Tajiri spent most of his time in his studio, where he made various warriors in plaster. What is striking about these sculptures is that the open spaces are just as important as the actual, tangible work. Although curved lines are initially the dominant element, Tajiri introduces more and more sharp protrusions, whereby, albeit yet rudimentary, something of the aggressiveness of his later sculptures emerges.

 

 

text: H. Bavelaar, Shinkichi Tajiri, Monografieën van

Nederlandse kunstenaar, SDU Publishers, 1990 

photo above: Working on Warrior/Guerrier, plaster

© Sabine Weiss, Paris 1949

 

Family group, 1949
Family group, 1949

Plaster, Studio in Montparnasse, rue d’Odessa photo: © Sabine Weiss

Warrior/Guerrier
Warrior/Guerrier

Plaster, 1949

Studio on rue d’Odessa
Studio on rue d’Odessa

Paris 1949

Tajiri on his way to Gallery 8
Tajiri on his way to Gallery 8

Tajiri in Paris on his way from Montparnasse to Gallery 8 in Saint-Germain-des-Prés where work from ex-GI’s was being shown. photo: © Lisa Larsen

Warrior, plaster, 1950
Warrior, plaster, 1950

Studio on rue d'Odessa, Paris

Warrior, plaster, 1950
Warrior, plaster, 1950

Tajiri hall at the 2nd International Exhibition of Experimental Art (CoBrA), Palais des Beaux Arts in Liége, Belgium 1951

Warrior, 1950
Warrior, 1950

Plaster, h. 200 cm. Constant and Tajiri at the 2nd International Exhibition of Experimental Art (CoBrA) at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Liége, Belgium 1951

Family group, plaster, 1949
Family group, plaster, 1949

Tajiri hall at the 2nd International Exhibition of Experimental Art (CoBrA), Palais des Beaux Arts in Liége, Belgium 1951

Tajiri, Paris, 1952
Tajiri, Paris, 1952

Studio on rue d'Odessa, Paris 1952 photo: © Guy Bourdin

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