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Born July 6, 1936 (1936-07-06) (age 73)
Japan Nagoya, Japan

Arakawa (荒川 修作 Arakawa ?, born July 6, 1936 in Nagoya) is a Japanese artist and architect. He studied mathematics and medicine at the University of Tokyo, and art at the Musashino Art University.[1] Initially he worked with printmaking, using abstract dada and Neo-Dada styles. He has lived in New York since 1961.

Arakawa met his partner Madeline Gins in 1963. Together, they founded the Architectural Body Research Foundation. They have designed and built residences (Reversible Destiny Houses, Bioscleave House, Shidami Resource Recycling Model House) and parks (Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro). They have developed an original theory and practice of the relation of the human being to the exterior world, elaborated most extensively in their book, Architectural Body. Arakawa and Gins are, together and separately, the authors of several books and exhibition volumes, most recently Making Dying Illegal (ISBN 1931824223).

Arakawa and Gins were reportedly victims of Bernard Madoff, losing several million dollars when Madoff's Ponzi scheme collapsed.[2]

Books by Arakawa and Gins

  • Word Rain (Gins, 1969)
  • The Mechanism of Meaning (Arakawa & Gins, 1971)
  • Intend (Gins, 1973)
  • What the President Will Say and Do (Gins, 1984)
  • To Not to Die (Gins, 1987)
  • Architecture: Sites of Reversible Destiny (Arakawa & Gins, 1994)
  • Hellen Keller or Arakawa (Gins, 1994)
  • Reversible Destiny (Arakawa & Gins, 1997)
  • Architectural Body (Arakawa & Gins, 2002)
  • Making Dying Illegal (Arakawa & Gins, 2006)


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