Kazuo Shiraga, ‘Untitled’, 1961, Koller Auctions

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Signature: Signed in Japanese lower right: Shiraga, also signed and dated on the reverse: Kazuo Shiraga 1961.

Image rights: Courtesy of Koller Auktionen

Tokyo Gallery, Japan.

Acquired from the above by "Estate 11 East 86th NYC".

European private collection.

About Kazuo Shiraga

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.

Japanese, 1924-2008, Amagasaki, Japan