Shozo Shimamoto, ‘Untitled’, 2009, Whitestone Gallery

About Shozo Shimamoto

Co-founder of the Japanese avant-garde collective the Gutai Art Group in the 1950s, Shozo Shimamoto pioneered action painting, performance art, and mail art, with a prevailing concern for the tension between the element of chance and the artist’s control. Early in his career, while painting on newspaper, he accidentally punctured the surface—an entirely chance event that he would transform into a formal, repetitive operation. He began a career-long study of the violent encounter with the surface of the painting, primarily through the creation of holes and cuts. Painting in vivid color and forming abstract forms with irregularly patterned holes, Shimamoto found that his gestures left a record of the artist’s physical action and gave the image a performative element. He eventually expanded his practice into live performance, often staging the creation of his paintings for a live audience.

Japanese, 1928-2013, Osaka, Japan, based in Tokyo, Japan

Group Shows

2018
Fergus McCaffrey, 
New York,
TEFAF TWENTY
2018
2018
Art Collection Nakano, 
Nagoya,
Best of Art Collection Nakano
2015
Partners & Mucciaccia, 
Singapore,
HARMONIES and DISCREPANCIES: Paths in the Italian art between the twentieth and the twenty-first century

Fair History on Artsy

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