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Matsumi Kanemitsu papers, [ca. 1970-1990]

Kanemitsu, Matsumi, 1922-1992



Collection Information

Size: 3.1 Linear feet

Summary: Personal and business correspondence; personal and business financial records, including gallery and museum invoices, consignment papers, loan forms; printed material, such as exhibition announcements, invitations, catalogs, clippings, and articles; curriculum vitae; and photographs.

Biographical/Historical Note

Matsumi Kanemitsu (1922-1992) was a Japanese American painter based in both New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California. Also known as Mike Kanemitsu. Although born in Utah, Kanemitsu lived in Japan until he was eighteen. In 1940 he returned to the United States, joining the Army in 1941. After the war, he studied with Fernand Leger in Paris; with Kuniyoshi, Sternberg, and others at the Art Student's League in New York; and with sculptor Karl Metzler in Baltimore. A highly recognized second generation Abstract Expressionist in New York, Kanemitsu came to Los Angeles on a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 1961, and settled there permanently.


Donated 1994 and 1998 by Nancy Uyemura, Kanemitsu's former student, friend, and executor.

Language Note

Much of the correspondence is in Japanese.

How to Use This Collection

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

Matsumi Kanemitsu papers, [ca. 1970-1990]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.