Shinkichi Tajiri (1923- ), born in Los Angeles, studied with noted San Diego sculptor Donal Hord prior to World War II. In 1942, Tajiri was sent to the Poston "3" concentration camp in the Arizona desert. After volunteering for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team the following year, he fought in Italy, where he was wounded and hospitalized for six months. Following the war, he studied at the Chicago Art Institute. In protest of the treatment of Japanese Americans during the war, Tajiri left the United States in 1948 and moved to Paris where he studied with Ozzip Zadkine and Fernand Leger. Since 1956, he has lived in the Netherlands. From 1969 to 1989, he was a professor at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin, where one of his students was Nobuho Nagasawa. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York as well as many museums in Europe. Large works similar in composition to the Friendship Knot are located at various places in the Netherlands including the Museum of Modern Art in Aarhus, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and the Palace of the Queen (Noordeinde) and the headquarters of Shell International at the Hague.
The text has been provided courtesy of Michael Several, Los Angeles, October 1997.
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