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Kenzo Okada, Painter, Dead;
Noted for Tender Modernism
NEW YORK TIMES, WEDNESDAY, JULY 28, 1982
By WALTER WAGGONER
Kenzo Okada , a Japanese-American modernist painter whose delicate , highly praised abstractions have been exhibited around the world, died of a heart ailment Sunday in Tokyo, where a major retrospective exhibition of his work was recently on display at the Seibu Museum of Art. He was 79 years old and lived in Tokyo and Manhattan.
Mr, Okada's work, reflecting both his Japanese origins and the influence of his adopted homeland, made him one of the leading figures on the contemporary art scene. He won many awards and represented both the United States and Japan in international exhibitions.
Describing an Okada show at the Betty Parsons Gallery on West 57th Street, where Mr. Okada was featured in one -man shows over a period of more than two decades, John Canaday, art critic for The New York Times, wrote in 1967:
"Mr. Okada practices superlatively a quiet, poetic abstract landscape' painting that seems almost old-fashioned nowadays. But for viewers seeking a meditative retreat from works that hop, op, pop, jiggle or rumble, time spent in the presence of these low-keyed canvases should be most rewarding."
Often working in warm sequences of subtle grays and white, Mr. Okada achieved what critics described as a "delicate"effect and "tender, misty colors."
A time magazine critic wrote: "Often an Okada painting will suggest a bit of landscape or sky , but sometimes, as in `Memories,´the images simply float across the canvas like some sort of exquisite flotsam. In the last five years, Okada's pallet has grown increasingly muted, and his colors have a weathered look as if time had washed over them again and again, giving them that frail grace that comes only with great age."
Mr. Okada was born in Yokohama on Sept. 28, 1902. He studied art in Tokyo from 1922 until 1924 and then in Paris until 1927 where he first came under the influence of the Western Modernist. After setting in Tokyo, he soon established himself as an esteemed and influential painter.
He came to the United States in 1950 and became American citizen in 1960. And with the move, critics found that his paintings began to modify the straight abstraction of his earlier work and to bring semi-abstract elements in to his paintings, in which images reflecting his Japanese background could be recognized.
Shown at Great Festivals
Mr. Okada's paintings have been shown at, among other of the great art festivals, the S?o Paulo Biennial in 1955, where he represented the United States, and the Venice Biennale in 1958 where he represented Japan.
He also has done murals paintings under commission from the Chase Manhattan Bank, the Hilton Hotel in Tokyo, the Ford Foundation and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Among his awards was first prize at the Columbia(S.C.) Biennal in 1957, and in 1960 he was awarded a $10,000 grant from the Ford Foundation.
Mr. Okada is survived by his wife, Kimiko, a former dress designer.
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