Kazuo Shiraga, ‘Untitled’, 1965, Sotheby's: Contemporary Art Day Auction

This work is accompanied by an artwork registration card issued by the Japan Art Dealers Association.

Signature: signed; signed and dated 1965 on the reverse

Private Collection
Mainichi Art Auction, Japan, 6 April 2013, Lot 146
Whitestone Gallery, Tokyo
Acquired from the above sale by the present owner

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