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Partial installation view of YUTAKA MATSUZAWA’s The Nine Meditation Chambers, 1977, 12 handwritten and typed sheets, 18 × 25.6 cm each, at Nonaka-Hill Gallery, Los Angeles, 2019. Courtesy the artist and Nonaka-Hill Gallery. 

Yutaka Matsuzawa

Widely considered the father of conceptual art in Japan, Yutaka Matsuzawa (1922–2006) spent most of his life attempting to formulate an impactful art practice characterized by invisibility and impermanence. According to an autobiographical account from the artist, he was born with eyes closed, and did not open them until 22 days after birth. Later, at the age of 42, Matsuzawa claimed that a revelatory voice once exhorted him to “eradicate all objects” from his practice. 

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