REVIEW: Kazuo Shiraga @ Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Hong Kong
Kazuo Shiraga (1924–2008) is an artist respected as a key figure of Japanese avant-garde art. With a career spanning six decades, his artistic philosophies and revolutionary practice has had a notable influence on many American and European artists, including Yves Klein, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell. Shiraga was one of the founding members of the Gutai Art Association, a Japanese avant-garde movement that was active in the 1950s and ’60s. There are aspects of the radical art movement that could be associated with the Action Painting of 1950s New York; however, the aesthetics of Gutai evolved independently as an outcome of postwar Japan.