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Matsumi Kanemitsu papers, circa 1947-1998

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Kanemitsu, Matsumi  Search this
Place of publication, production, or execution:
United States
Physical Description:
3.1 Linear feet
The collection is arranged as seven series Series 1: Biographical Material, circa 1947-1992 (0.4 Linear feet: Box 1) Series 2: Correspondence, circa 1947-1992 (1.3 Linear feet: Box 1-2) Series 3: Professional Files, circa 1961-1990 (0.3 Linear feet: Box 2) Series 4: Personal Business , circa 1959-1991 (0.4 Linear feet: Box 3) Series 5: Printed Material, 1961-1998 (0.5 Linear feet: Box 3, OV 1) Series 6: Photographic Material, circa 1960-1992 (0.2 Linear feet: Box 3) Series 7: Artwork, circa 1970s (2 Folders: Box 3)
Access Note / Rights:
This collection is open for research. Access to original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Researchers interested in accessing born-digital records or audiovisual recordings in this collection must use access copies. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The papers of Matsumi Kanemitsu measure 3.1 linear feet and date from 1947-1998. The papers document Kanemitsu's career through biographical material; correspondence with friends, family, artists, universities, and galleries; professional files such as teaching files and work on juried shows; personal and business financial records; printed materials, photographs, and artwork.
Matsumi Kanemitsu papers, circa 1947-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
The processing of this collection received Federal support from the Smithsonian Collections Care and Preservation Fund, administered by the National Collections Program and the Smithsonian Collections Advisory Committee.
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Biography Note:
Matsumi Kanemitsu (1922-1992), also known as Mike Kanemistu was a Japanese American painter based in both New York City, New York and Los Angeles, California. 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. But after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was arrested and sent to a series of Army detention camps. With art supplies provided by the American Red Cross, he began to draw with pen and ink and pastels. Eventually, he was released and volunteered for overseas duty as a hospital assistant in Europe. His Army tour ended in 1946. 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 live permanently in Los Angeles after recieving a Ford Foundation Fellowship in 1961 to work at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop where he created a series of prints that translated sumi painting techniques into lithography. He exhibited widely throughout the United States, as well as Japan, and is work is owned by a number of public institutions in the United States and Japan. In addition to his practice, Kanemitsu also held professorial positions at a number of universities and art institutions including the University of California Berkely, the Chouinard Art Institute, amd the Otis Art Institute.
Language Note:
The collection is in English and Japanese.
Donated 1994 and 1998 by Nancy Uyemura, Kanemitsu's former student, friend, and executor.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Abstract expressionism  Search this
Asian American artists  Search this
Japanese American artists  Search this
Asian American painters  Search this
Japanese Americans -- Forced removal and internment -- 1942-1945  Search this
Asian American  Search this
Lives of artists  Search this
Record number:
Asian American
Lives of artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art