In 1954, a period characterised by the harsh context of Japan’s post-war reconstruction, the Japanese artist and teacher Yoshihara Jirō founded The Gutai Art Association, which has become a community space for free experimental artistic proposals. During the 18 years of the group’s lifetime, with more than 50 artists participating, Gutai made presentations around the world and became internationally recognised as one of the earliest art initiatives to involve the use of the body in performance in combination with technology and nature.
The history of this influential group can be seen at Gutai: Splendid Playground, Guggenheim Museum, New York, until 8 May 2013
This thoughtful and revealing survey of an artist the Guggenheim exhibited in 1955 with Giacometti’s first-ever museum show and the museum’s first large-scale sculpture show focuses on rarely seen works in plaster to illuminate the genius of a mastery laid out here as process
VS Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life
The works of the modernist Indian painter VS Gaitonde bring us to the world of abstraction, demonstrating the artist’s life-long dedication to art as a spiritual journey and a rigorous discipline practised through painting
Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s
The Guggenheim is to be congratulated for tackling the complex subject of the German artists’ group Zero, and the international network of artists with whom they forged connections, in an attempt to change the face of postwar art