The Gutai Group

Shiraga Kazuo Work II (1958). Oil on Torinokogami paper, mounted on canvas. 183 x 243 cm Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe

The Gutai group was an avant-garde artistic community that started in Japan after World War II. Jiro Yoshihara founded the group to jumpstart creativity in postwar Japan. Yoshihara exclaimed, “Do what no one has done before!”

The Gutai group prioritized action, theatricality, the body of the artist and the collective body of viewers. They made abstract, immediate works of art that spoke to their originality.

 

Image: Shiraga Kazuo Work II (1958). Oil on Torinokogami paper, mounted on canvas. 183 x 243 cm Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe


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