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Obos I

Photo: Elizabeth Mann

Obos I

1956

George Tsutakawa

born 1910, Seattle, Washington; died 1997 Seattle

Obos is a Japanese term for a pile of rocks, a configuration that reminds us of human
presence and the power of creations wrought by human hands. It stands as the mysterious products of another’s imagination, evidence of the human need to leave one’s mark in the world. “I was here,” the Obos seems to say.

Tsutakawa has invoked Japanese cultural theory and artistic practice to elevate found objects to pure abstraction.

Teak
23 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. x 8 7/8 in.
Gift of Seattle Art Museum Guild
79.7
Photo: Elizabeth Mann
location
Not currently on view

Resources

Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Modern Art Pavilion, TRIBUTE TO ZOE DUSANNE, March 24 - May 8, 1977 (03/24/1977 - 05/08/1977)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, “Northwest Traditions, 1978" (1978 - 1978)

Osaka, Japan, National Museum of Art, "Pacific Northwest Artists and Japan", October 2 - November 28, 1982. Circuit: Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, January 28 - February 28, 1983. (10/02/1982 - 02/28/1983)

Bellevue, Washington, Bellevue Art Museum, “School of Art, University of Washington: 1920-1960", July 16 - September 25, 1983, (07/16/1983 - 09/25/1983)

Port Angeles, Washington, Port Angeles Fine Art Center, "George Tsutakawa", November 22 - December 29, 1986. (11/22/1986 - 12/29/1986)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Views and Visions in the Pacific Northwest", June 7 - September 2, 1990. (06/07/1990 - 09/02/1990)

Bellevue, Washington, Bellevue Art Museum, "Eternal Laughter: A Sixty-Year Retrospective Of the Work Of George Tsutakawa", September 15 - November 2, 1990, (09/15/1990 - 11/02/1990)

Seattle, Washington, Foster/White Gallery, "George Tsutakawa", January 6 - January 30, 1994, (01/06/1994 - 01/30/1994)

Tacoma, Washington, Tacoma Art Museum, "Jet Dreams: The Northwest In The Fifties", 3/17-6/4/95 (03/17/1995 - 06/04/1995)

La Conner, Washington, Museum of Northwest Art, "Northwest Art: Shaped by Hand, Shaped by the Spirit", September 28 - December 31, 1995 (09/28/1995 - 12/31/1995)

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Collection Highlights: 1945 To The Present", September 12, 1996 - June 1, 1997. (09/12/1996 - 06/01/1997)

New Brunswick, New Jersey, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, March 23 - July 31, 1997, (03/23/1997 - 07/31/1997)

Seattle, Washington, Henry Art Gallery, "What It Meant to Be Modern: Seattle Art at Mid-Century", October 15, 1999 - January 23, 2000

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "Mark Tobey: Smashing Forms and Mark Tobey and Friends", November 16, 2002 - April 6, 2003

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, "International Abstraction: Making Painting Real", May 2, 2003 - February 29, 2004
Published ReferencesJohns, Barbara. "Modern Art from the Pacific Northwest in the Collection of the Seattle Art Museum." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1990, no. 13, p. 17

"Selected Works." Seattle, WA: Seattle Art Museum, 1991, p. 122

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