1957. Item #90778
Michel Tapié, editor. Gutai, Vol 8 具体 25.2 x 26.3cm magazine with [44 pp] of black and white and color photographs of artworks, identified with artist’s names. Partial publisher’s cardboard enclosure with title printed in French on front and in Japanese on rear: L'Aventure Informelle / アヴァンチュール アンフオルメル. This issue focuses on L'art informel (Art Informel) and Gutai. Opened western style, the first pages are an introduction and essay in French by critic and promoter Michel Tapié (1909 - 1907), and when opened Japanese style, the introduction and essay are in Japanese. Further text by Tapié and Gutai group co-founder and artist Yoshihara Jirō 吉原治良 (1905 - 1972). 90778
Gutai was a radical post-war art movement that preceded performance art in the US by a decade. The Gutai Art Association (具体美術協会 Gutai Bijutsu Kyōkai) or Gutai Group was formed in 1954 by Yoshihara and Shimamoto Shōzō 嶋本昭三 (1928 - 2013) and was active until 1972. The physical nature of their art (gutai 具体 roughly translates to “embodiment” or “concrete”) resulted in kinetic paintings, 3-dimensional sculptures and performances. Audiences came to expect the unexpected. A Gutai Group artist might burst through hanging sheets of paper, paint with his feet while swinging on ropes or wrestle with the paints directly on the canvas, pushing the boundaries of the avant-garde Mavo movement that preceded it.
The Gutai magazine was an important way to record the group’s art and concepts and extend to audiences abroad. One of those whom the magazine reached was Michel Tapié (1909 - 1987), a French critic and collector. Tapié was a supporter of what he called “L'art informel” (Art Informel); encompassing international art that transcended what was then categorized as modern art. He was a great promoter of The Gutai Group, and it is believed he found them through this periodical.
Art represented in this issue is by Gutai group members and American and European artists, including Appel, Baj, Burri, James Brown, Coetzee, de Kooning, Falkenstein, Sam Francis, Kline, Lee Krasner, Motherwell, Pollock, Tápies, Wols, Kanayama, Kinoshita, Murakami, Motonaga, Siraga, Shimamoto, Atsuko Tanaka, Socu Teshigahara, Yamasaki, Yoshida and Michio Yoshihara.
Internationally recognized for their contribution to modern art, Gutai artist’s works are held in the Guggenheim Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Gallery, and MOMA, as well as other institutions in Japan and abroad.
Very few issues were printed and as a result, copies of the original are hard to find. It appears that issues 10 and 13 were never published at all.
Damage to cardboard enclosure and missing flap. Otherwise good condition. Rare.