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GIAPPONE ALL'AVANGUARDIA: IL GRUPPO GUTAI NEGLI ANNI CINQUANTA (Japan in the Vanguard: The Gutai Group in the Fifties). Ed. by Shinichiro Osaki et al. Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna, Rome, 1990. Organized in association with Japan Foundation and Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe. Published by Electa, Milan. 196 pp. with 129 ills. (35 col.). 24 x 22 cm. ISBN 8843534262 In Italian; one essay also in English.
A substantial review of an internationally noted group of avant-garde Japanese artists whose innovative combination of Zen aesthetics with the techniques of performance-based and Action painting greatly influenced the course of postwar art in Japan. Includes a reassessment of the group's relationship to Informel art and to the Happenings of the 1960s, an extensive anthology of reprinted texts (in Italian or French) by critics and the artists, and reproductions of more than 50 paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works as well as numerous photographs of installations and performance pieces.
Indexing: Western, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts) — Japan — Post-1945 — Painting
Plans: 75
Worldwide Number: 054010
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