Minoru Onoda

WORK62-W

1962

Artist
Minoru Onoda 1937–2008
Medium
Oil paint, gofun and glue on plywood
Dimensions
Frame: 936 × 935 × 46 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased with funds provided by Tate International Council 2019
Reference
T15137

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Onoda Minoru was part of the second generation of Gutai artists. He began making paintings using dots of various sizes and colours in 1961. Onoda described these as ‘propagation paintings’. For him, the systematic repetition of dots was a way to think mechanically. Through this technique, he hoped to counter the subjectivity of action-based painting. Onoda was also responding to the industrialisation of Japan during the post-war period. He found inspiration in the ‘vast meaninglessness’ of machine-made, identically duplicated objects.

Gallery label, December 2020

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