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Painted in 1989, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Japan Art Dealers Association (JADA).

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Exhilarating is a mature example from Kazuo Shiraga’s most methodologically-developed post-Gutai period, and features the artist’s iconic foot-painting technique. This …

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Signed, titled and dated '"Exhilarating" 1989 December Kazuo Shiraga [in Kanji]' on the reverse

For Kazuo Shiraga, a painting was defined by the gestures of its creation. He famously used non-traditional techniques to make his works, including performances using parts or the entirety of his body as a tool. In his famous piece, Challenging Mud (1955), Shiraga created an ephemeral form by wrestling with a mixture made from wall plaster and cement, causing injury to his body in the process. The majority of Shiraga’s work, however, was rendered on canvas via diverse methods, from dripping paints to painting with his feet. Speaking of his work, Shiraga once said that he wanted to make paintings “as slippery, as uncatchable as a sea cucumber, […] a painting with no center.” Shiraga was a founding member of the Zero Group; in 1952, he joined the Gutai Group and was active through its disbandment.

High auction record
€9m, Sotheby's, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2020
Writing BeyondAxel Vervoordt Gallery
2016
A Feverish Era in Japanese Art: Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s and 1960sCentre for Fine Arts (BOZAR)
2015
Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa MotonagaDallas Museum of Art
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Exhilarating, 1989

Oil on canvas
15 × 17 9/10 in
38 × 45.5 cm
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P
Phillips

Painted in 1989, this work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by the Japan Art …

Medium
Signature
Signed, titled and dated '"Exhilarating" 1989 December Kazuo Shiraga [in Kanji]' on the reverse

For Kazuo Shiraga, a painting was defined by the gestures of its creation. He famously used non-traditional techniques to make his works, including performances using parts or the entirety of his body as a tool. In his famous piece, Challenging Mud (1955), Shiraga created an ephemeral form by wrestling with a mixture made from wall plaster and cement, causing injury to his body in the process. The majority of Shiraga’s work, however, was rendered on canvas via diverse methods, from dripping paints to painting with his feet. Speaking of his work, Shiraga once said that he wanted to make paintings “as slippery, as uncatchable as a sea cucumber, […] a painting with no center.” Shiraga was a founding member of the Zero Group; in 1952, he joined the Gutai Group and was active through its disbandment.

High auction record
€9m, Sotheby's, 2018
Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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