Minoru Onoda

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Onoda, Minoru, 1937-2008 artist

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  • Creator editor, Anne Mosseri-Marlio
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Zürich : Scheidegger & Spiess, [2019] ©2019
  • Physical Details
    • 230 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), portraits ; 31 cm
  • ISBNs 9783858818218, 3858818216, 9783858818225
  • OCLC on1048332920


  • Minoru Onoda is best known as a member of Gutai, Japan's first postwar radical artistic movement, which challenged what it saw as the rigid, reactionary ideologies of the art of the time and initiated new ones that redefined the relationships among matter, time, and space. Concurrent to the inception of Gutai, Onoda became enchanted by concepts of repetition, producing paintings and drawings with amalgamations of gradually increasing dots and organically growing shapes. But less is known in the West about Onoda's early and late-career work. At long last, this first full book on Minoru Onoda introduces him as an artist in his own right. Apart from his role with Gutai, the book mines Onoda's sketchbooks and completed works to explore his creative process over time, from his artistic education in the 1960s at the Osaka Institute of Fine Arts and the Osaka School of Art to his later works following the 1972 disbanding of Gutai, which see the artist moving toward a monochrome and more conceptual style. Alongside critical essays by Edward M. Gómez, Astrid Handa-Gagnard, Shoichi Hirai, and Koichi Kawasaki, and Takesada Matsutani are 175 full-color illustrations.
  • "First-ever monograph on Japanese artist Minoru Onoda, a distinguished member of the radical Gutai artistic movement in the 1960s and 1970s"--Publisher's website.


  • Chiefly illustrated.
  • Includes bibliographical references.
  • Text in English, with translations from the Japanese and French.


  • Introduction / Anne Mosseri-Marlio -- For Mr. Minoru Onoda / Takesada Matsutani -- "I think I want to have the courage to give up painting" / Astrid Handa-Gagnard -- A theory of propagation painting / Minoru Onoda -- Breeding and order: The art of Minoru Onoda / Koichi Kawasaki -- In Minoru Onoda's sketchbooks, the roots of a singular style / Edward M. Gómez -- The aesthetics of Minoru Onoda / Shoichi Hirai -- Early paintings and drawings 1954-1959 -- Experimenting with the circle 1960-1961 -- Organic propagation 1961-1966 -- Circle propagation 1965-1970 -- Towards the ultimate circle 1973-1983 -- Integration, surface and edge 1984-1993 -- Volume 1990 -- color layers 1991-2008 -- Sketches, drawings & studies -- List of works -- Biography
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