Embracing the World: the art of Takeshi Kawashima
When a young Japanese artist named Takeshi Kawashima moved to New York in 1963, he was already known back home for his bold abstract paintings of emblematic shapes encased within regular grids. These two color works, which generally involve sets of suggestive organic forms painted on flat grounds, vary in intricacy and internal definition. Sometimes they are also completely flat. In other cases, shapes can be discerned within them. Some even contain careful lines that bring to mind mechanical drawings and architectural diagrams.