Minoru Niizuma (新妻 実, Niizuma Minoru, September 29, 1930 – September 5, 1998) was a Japanese abstract sculptor. He graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1955, and from 1954 through 1958 he exhibited with the Modern Art Association. Niizuma moved to New York in 1959, and from 1964 through 1970 he was an instructor at the Brooklyn Museum Art School. From 1972 through 1984, he was adjunct professor at Columbia University. Niizuma worked mostly marble, but also granite, volcanic rock and other materials. His designs would vary from geometric to organic and, sometimes, his references were reminiscent from folk art. His works show the influence of the oriental Asian tradition and the western contemporary art. The Wave's Voice, installed in the Honolulu Museum of Art, is a typical example of his work. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D. C.), the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Mie Prefectural Art Museum (Tsu City, Japan), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), the Seibu Museum (Tokyo), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York York City) and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon are among the public collections holding works by Niizuma. He participated in São Miguel Island, Azores, at an international rock sculpture symposium, creating his work "Azores" (1987), in basalt, now shown in Ponta Delgada. Public Works on view Lisbon: 5 piece “Castle of the Eye” (1994) in the Jardim Belem/Vasco de Gama, near McDonalds. (pic, street view, map) “Castle of the Eye” in the Jardim Montiero Mor in Northern side of Lisbon  (info, map) One cube “Castle of the Eye” at the Sculpture Garden in the Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon (flickr pic, map) Unknown pieces at the Bacalhoa Winery in the Japanese Garden 40 mins outside of Lisbon (info, blog link, map)EVORA - Symposium piece at the Universidad de Evora (pic,street view,map)
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Niizuma taught at the Brooklyn Museum Art School and Columbia University. He is best known for his marble sculptures. His work is represented throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan.
American, Japanese
Artist, Professor, Sculptor
Minoru Niizuma
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