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Yoshishige Saito

 (1904 - 2001)
Yoshishige Saito was active/lived in Japan.  Yoshishige Saito is known for painting; sculpture.

Yoshishige Saito

Biography from Christie's London, South Kensington

A leader of the Japanese abstract art movement, Saito Yoshishige influenced a generation of artists.  Mono-ha [School of Things] evolved in the late 1960s in part from his teachings; a movement that is considered to have changed the course of Japanese art by placing Asia at the center, rather than on the fringe, of contemporary artistic practice and discussion.

Saito was a professor of Tama Art University, Tokyo from 1964 until 1973 and his teachings included encouraging his students to create art that was modern but not constrained by Western concepts.  Several of his students became central figures of the Mono-ha movement, including Sekine Nobuo, Suga Kishio and Koshimizu Susumu.

Saito remained creatively active in his later life, holding an exhibition at Nizayama Forest Art Museum in Toyama Prefecture in 1998, and producing work right up until his death in 2001.

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About  Yoshishige Saito

Born:  1904
Died:   2001
Known for:  painting; sculpture