Whitestone Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to present
Whitestone Collection, a group exhibition of Japanese avant-garde artists active from the postwar years.
The exhibition features selected artist`s works from Whitestone Gallery collection: Yayoi Kusama, and following artists from Gutai art movement; Shozo Shimamoto, Chiyu Uemae, Tsuyoshi Maekawa, Yasuo Sumi, Yuko Nasaka.
Whitestone Gallery, in conjunction with Whitestone Art Foundation and Karuizawa New Art Museum, has been dedicated to introducing Japanese avant-garde art moments, and artists for the last five years. Its large collection, spanning the period of postwar Japan (early 1950s) to up until recent years, not only focuses on the historical significance in the context of art history, but also emphasizes the development of individual artists throughout the years.
Back in the early 1960
s, Yayoi Kusama was based in New York, and actively introduced her groundbreakingInfinity Nets` series and soft-sculpture installations. In the meantime, Gutai group was based in Kansai region and tried to expend the boundaries of the form of art by challenging conventional ways and exploring performing art, action painting, and environmental installations.
Despite the physical distance, Yayoi Kusama and artists from Gutai art movement participated Nul Exhibition in 1965 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and MoMA
s 1966 exhibitionThe New Japanese Painting and sculpture` as innovative Japanese artists of the period.
A half-century later, Yayoi Kusama and Gutai artists are one of the most important names in international art scene. Yayoi Kusama still creates her new series of works with vigor, and art lovers of all over the world with different generation and gender eagerly seek after her creations.
As for the Gutai art movement, the Guggenheim exhibition
Splendid playground, and
Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde at MoMA in 2013, shed new light on the group`s historical significance and their potent influence on art history.