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Shozo Shimamoto

Untitled - Esquisse Hole 8, 1962

Mixed media and holes on paper
14 3/5 × 20 1/2 in
37 × 52 cm
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Il Ponte

cm 37x52
Signed and dated 1962 lower right

This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate issued by …

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cm 37x52
Signed and dated 1962 lower right

This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate issued by Shozo Shimamoto Association, with n.1384

Shozo Shimamoto
Japanese, 1928–2013
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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.

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About the work
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Il Ponte

cm 37x52
Signed and dated 1962 lower right

This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate issued by …

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cm 37x52
Signed and dated 1962 lower right

This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate issued by Shozo Shimamoto Association, with n.1384

Shozo Shimamoto
Japanese, 1928–2013
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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.

Shozo Shimamoto

Untitled - Esquisse Hole 8, 1962

Mixed media and holes on paper
14 3/5 × 20 1/2 in
37 × 52 cm
Bidding closed
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