Gutai (具体, “Embodiment”) – Mimicking Violence To Work Through Trauma

Posted: October 13, 2020 in Uncategorized

By its very nature, action painting is painting in the medium of difficulties.
–Harold Rosenberg, “The American Action Painters” (1952)

There exists my action, regardless of whether or not it is secured.
–Kazuo Shiraga, “Action Only” (1955)

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Kazuo Shiraga
Challenging Mud (1955)

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Kazuo Shiraga
painting with his feet for Life magazine
at the Nishinomiya factory of Jiro Yoshihara (1956)

Shozo Gutai

Shōzō Shimamoto
making a painting by shattering bottles (1956)

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Murakami Saburō
Passing Through (1956)

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Kazuo Shiraga
Work II (1958)

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Shomei Tomatsu
Atomic Bomb Damage (1961)

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Kazuo Shiraga
Black Sky (1990)

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