Kikuo Saito – Prussian Summer

Born in Tokyo in 1939, Kikuo Saito moved to New York in 1966. His rhythmic compositions and stained color forms invite associations with Lyrical abstraction and Color Field painting – exemplified by the 1980 painting Prussian Summer. In this piece, swaths of liquid color are absorbed into the canvas, disrupting a field of blue. The act of painting became like a dance as Saito drew upon experiences with theater. A creator of Sui Generis theater and dance, and a resident at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club in New York, Saito’s passion for movement and stage direction informed his creation of visual art. He often laid his canvas on the floor, moving around it to apply gestural brushstrokes in expressive compositions.

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