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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.
Matsumi Kanemitsu papers, [ca. 1970-1990]. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Much of the correspondence is in Japanese.
Donated 1994 and 1998 by Nancy Uyemura, Kanemitsu's former student, friend, and executor.
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