Sculptor Shinkichi Tajiri dies


This video is about Tajiri sculptures in Venlo, the Netherlands.

From Artfact.com, about Shinkichi Tajiri:

(b Los Angeles, 7 Dec 1923). American sculptor, photographer and film maker. Born of Japanese parents, he received his first training in sculpture from the American sculptor Donal Hord (b 1902) in 1941. After demobilization from the US army in 1946 he worked as an antiques restorer and from 1947 to 1948 studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. He moved to Paris in 1948 where he studied under Ossip Zadkine and in 1949 under Léger.

In the latter year he came into contact with the Cobra group and exhibited with them at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 1950 he was one of the co-founders of the Galerie 8 in Paris and also studied at the Académie de la Grand Chaumière. Also in 1950 he began producing ‘Junk’ sculptures made from bronze foundry droppings and ‘One day sculptures’. In 1951 he again exhibited with the Cobra group, at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Liège, showing a number of angular, spiked sculptures (see 1971 exh. cat.).

Until the mid-1960s he produced iron and bronze sculptures on recurrent subjects, such as Warrior, Seed, Germination, using roughly textured metal in aggressive organic forms, as in Warrior (1956; Amsterdam, Stedel. Mus.).

According to the Dutch edition of Wikipedia, in 1942, just for being Japanese-American, Tajiri had been locked up in the stables of Santa Anita Racetrack, and later in concentration camp Poston “3″ in Arizona.

According to Dutch NOS TV, Tajiri died last night.

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Dabchick and tufted ducks


This video says about itself:

In a stream near Huize Schaffelaar in Barneveld, Netherlands, a great egret (Ardea alba) caught a little fish. A grey heron (Ardea cinerea) was also interested

Today, again to the nature bridge.

On our way: sounds of nuthatch, chaffinch, and robin.

A female reed bunting.

A buzzard overhead, calling.

In the southern lake, a grey lag goose sitting on its nest. This species breeds early in the year.

A little grebe sound. Coots. Mallards.

A grey heron flying over.

In the northern lake, mute swans. Two tufted duck couples.

The tower near the nature bridge turned out to be closed. It had originally been built for a flower show in 2002. From there, it had been moved to Zanderij Crailo after the show. By now, it is no longer in a good condition.