Yoshishige Furukawa

born 1921 in Fukuoka-shi, Japan
died 2008 in Sagamihara-shi, Kanagawa-ken, Japan

Yoshishige Furukawa moved to America in the 1960s, and split the last decades of his life between the United States and his native Japan. The impact of these decisions is reflected in his multifaceted work from the 1970s, which indicate an eye to Minimalism as well as a deep sensitivity to material and line that recalls Japanese Imperial architecture.

Furukawa’s work was recently the subject of a major retrospective at the Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art. His work is in numerous important Japanese Museum collections, including the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo; the National Museum of Art in Osaka; the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto; the Fukuoka Art Museum in Fukuoka; the Kitakyushu Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art in Saitama; and the Saga Prefectural Art Museum; amidst others.

His work has been exhibited in the U. S. and Japan throughout his life, including the Albright-Knox Museum in Buffalo, NY in 1991. He’s the recipient of numerous important grants, twice from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (1990 and 1997).