Bijutsu Techō 美術手帖 Vol. 44 No. 660 [Monthly Art Magazine ]
Bijutsu Shuppansha 美術出版社
21 x 14.5cm monthly art magazine Bijutsu Techō 美術手帖 has a black and white reproduced photo of Yoshihara Jirō overlaid with a partial red circular design for which he was known, as well as Japanese text, on the front cover. The issue has two extensive articles, with many images, on Yoshihara Jirō 吉原治良 (1905 - 1972), representative and leader of the Gutai Art Association. Japanese text throughout.
The first article, on pp. 31- 82 focuses on Yoshihara’s early years and his development as an artist. Multiple color images throughout of his artworks and personal black and white photos give a behind-the-scenes view of the artist, including a reproduced photo of the house where he was born in Osaka, a portrait of him as a middle school student and his grave site. Notable are 2 pages of b+w photos of a concert, a grand fashion show, Yoshihara’s large-scale art in situ, art in action at the International Sky Festival and the Gutai art matsuri. There is also a timeline that begins with his birth and chronicles important events and exhibitions in his life.
A second article on pp. 83-94 focuses on the Gutai years. The article includes 17 reproduced photos: 10 black and white images, including Yoshihara with supporter and art critic Michel Tapie in 1957, artwork in situ at the Martha Jackson gallery in 1958 and Gutai notices and a Gutai group photo in 1965, and 7 color images of Yoshihara’s artworks with dates and details of each work.
Covers and interior pages are in very good condition. The entire issue is on heavyweight paper.