Matsumi Kanemitsu: Traction Avenue

18 May 2024 – 29 Jun 2024

Regular hours

11:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Louis Stern Fine Arts presents a selection of late sumi inks, watercolors, and acrylics, by Japanese American artist Matsumi Kanemitsu (1922-1992), created while he lived and worked at 800 Traction Avenue in LA's Arts District.


Matsumi Kanemitsu: Traction Avenue

May 18-June 29, 2024

Opening reception: May 18, 5-7pm

Louis Stern Fine Arts is pleased to present a selection of late works by influential Japanese American artist and educator Matsumi Kanemitsu (1922-1992). The works on view were created in the last years of the artist’s life, during which he lived and worked in the historic Joannes Brothers Company Building at 800 Traction Avenue, located in what is now known as Los Angeles’s Arts District. Expressing the complex human experience of natural forces in sumi ink, watercolor, and acrylic, these works embody both the splendor and the perils of a sunset in a scorching desert, the churning waves of a Pacific storm, or rivers of rain in a summer deluge. This body of work represents the culmination of the artist’s prolific and diverse career and bears the legacy of his profound impact on cultivating a vibrant and thriving artist community in LA.

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