Gutai group's popularity on the rise
Hauser and Wirth host show on 50th anniversary of the formation of the collective
By Riah Pryor. Web only
Published online: 11 September 2012
An exhibition focusing on the Japanese Gutai group opens tomorrow at Hauser and Wirth in New York (12 September-27 October). On the 50th anniversary of the group's beginnings, the exhibition will take place in the same building that hosted the artists' first New York show back in 1958, when it was the Martha Jackson Gallery.
The show will include around 30 works by the group, which emerged after the Second World War. Lead by Jiro Yoshihara, the group gained prominence throughout the 1950s, with the support of the French critic Michel Tapié.
Their art, which set out to reject tradition, had an influence on other key movements of the period including Arte Povera and Fluxus. Yuta Nakajima, who is the co-ordinator of the show at Hauser and Wirth, says that the exhibition will incorporate works by a secondary generation of artists as well as the artists most commonly associated with the group, including Shozo Shimamoto and Atsuko Tanaka. The gallery has also produced a publication inspired by the 12 Gutai journals, which were published between 1955 and 1965.
The show is the latest sign that art of this period is gaining popularity. Blum & Poe gallery held a show of the Japanese avant-garde movement Mona-Ha in its Los Angeles space earlier this year (25 February-14 April) and the Guggenheim Museum in New York is due to host a show of the Gutai group's work in 2013 (15 February-8 May).
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