" Energy, risk, improvisation, action and reaction are the basic concepts of language, translated into pictorial works of extraordinary intensity, where the gesture is the only solution for the liberation of the mind, both in actions and performances of great scenic impact and emotional "
Kazuo Shiraga was born in 1924 in Amagasaki, Japan, where he died in 2008. After studying Nihon-ga (Japanese-style painting) in Kyoto and growing frustrated with the stylistic and material confines he found in Nihon-ga, Shiraga participated in Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai (Contemporary Art Discussion Group) with several other students and began experimenting with making oil paintings using his hands and fingers. In 1954, Shiraga joined renowned Japanese avant-garde collective Gutai and was inspired by Gutai’s leader, Jiro Yoshihara, to further push his performative, material-driven painting practice in order to “make something that never existed” before. During his time as a member of Gutai, Shiraga simultaneously pursued oil painting and performance, often integrating the two practices in performance-painting pieces as Challenging Mud (1955), in which the artist used his entire body to manipulate mud as if it were thick, pliable paint, and Ultramodern Sanbaso (1957), in which he wore a dramatic red costume with elongated and wing-like arms, his movements creating slashes of color against the stark black backdrop of the stage. Shiraga has participated to international exhibitions and his works are in the most important public and private collections, among them we have to remember: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
|Dimensions||27 x 24 cm|
|Technique||oil on cardboard|
|Publications||Fragment #4_Morsecode, 2016, p.5;
Il Movimento Delle Cose, 2016, p.32;
Contrazione Pressione, 2014, p. 44
|Exhibitions||Fragment #4_Morsecode, IAGA Contemporary Art, 2016;
Il Movimento Delle Cose, IAGA Contemporary Art, 2016;
Contrazione Pressione, IAGA Contemporary Art, 2016