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Kazuo Shiraga

Passionate Winter, from Official Arts Portfolio of the XXIVth Olympiad, Seoul, Korea, 1988

Screenprint in colors on paper
21 5/8 × 28 1/4 in
54.9 × 71.8 cm
Edition 224/300
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Kazuo Shiraga
Japanese, 1924–2008
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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.

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About the work
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Signature
Signed and numbered in pencil in lower margin
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Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Kazuo Shiraga
Japanese, 1924–2008
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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.

Kazuo Shiraga

Passionate Winter, from Official Arts Portfolio of the XXIVth Olympiad, Seoul, Korea, 1988

Screenprint in colors on paper
21 5/8 × 28 1/4 in
54.9 × 71.8 cm
Edition 224/300
Bidding closed
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