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George Tsutakawa in Japan video project, 1988-1990

Tsutakawa, George, 1910-1997

Art teacher, Painter, Sculptor

Collection Information

Size: 4.0 Linear feet

Summary: The George Tsutakawa in Japan video project measures 4 linear feet and contains unedited video recordings of Tsutakawa's return trip to his childhood home in central Japan. The recordings, made by the West Coast Regional Center of the Archives of American Art in 1988, were subsequently edited into the 23-minute documentary George Tsutakawa: An Artist's Pilgrimage, also included in this collection.
Also included is a video donated by Hiroshima Telecasting Co., Ltd., of an hour long interview with Tsutakawa which aired on Japanese television at the time of the Fukuyama museum opening and sculpture dedication.

Biographical/Historical Note

George Tsutakawa (1910-1997) was a painter and sculptor based in Seattle, Washington. Born in Seattle in 1910, he moved with his mother to Fukuyama, Japan, at the age of seven. While there, he took an interest in art, and was influenced by traditional Japanese practices. Returning to Seattle at age 16, he continued his education in art at the University of Washington. His interest in sculpture led to numerous commissions for fountians worldwide, a form that combined his experiences in both the Pacific Northwest and Japan. During his career, Tsutakawa designed, built, and installed over 70 fountains.


This project was made possible by a loan of equipment from SONY, a Smithsonian Research Opportunities Grant, and funding from several contributors from the Seattle area, among them Marshall and Helen Hatch, Hatch and Kirk, Inc., Dr. and Mrs. Ellsworth C. Alvord, Jr., and the Kreielsheimer Foundation. It was an extension of a 1987 video interview of Tsutakawa conducted by Paul Karlstrom for the Archives of American Art in Seattle (cataloged separately), and was used in the video documentary "George Tsutakawa: An Artists' Pilgrimage," c1990 by the Smithsonian (cataloged separately).

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