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Shusaku Arakawa, 1936–2010

from Mechanism of Meaning1971

from Mechanism of Meaning is a 1971 work by Shusaku Arakawa. It is part of the IMMA Permanent Collection.

MediumOil on canvas, graphite and cards
Dimensions 183.3 x 122.4 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.105 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Shusaku Arakawa, from Mechanism of Meaning, 1971, Oil on canvas, graphite and cards, 183.3 x 122.4 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Shusaku Arakawa 1936–2010

Shusaku Arakawa was born in Nagoya, Japan. He studied mathematics and medicine before attending the Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Arakawa was one of the founders of the Neo-Dada Organisers Group in Tokyo. On moving to New York in 1960, Arakawa met Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg and began working on diagrammatic paintings which employed words, arrows and signs to make philosophical propositions.
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