1972. Item #91026
Bijutsu Techō 美術手帖 Tokushū 特集 Vol. 31 No. 446 [Periodical] [Monthly Art Magazine - Special Issue]
Bijutsu Shuppansha 美術出版社
21 x 14.5cm periodical with black, red and white Yoshihara design with text on the front cover and a green background holbein ad on the rear cover. This special issue of the monthly art magazine Bijutsu Techō 美術手帖 focuses on Yoshihara Jirō 吉原治良 (1905 - 1972), representative and leader of the Gutai Art Association, who is referred to on the cover as “Mr. Gutai.”
An English language Contents page features a biography of Yoshihara with a small reproduced photo as well as details on a Federich J Kiesler exhibit article. The Yoshihara article is on pp.45-156 while that on Kiesler is on pp.186-201. The article on Yoshihara begins with two glossy pages that fold out - the exterior of the right hand foldout features an oil and acrylic work of a red circle on a black background from 1965, while the inside has a color oil on canvas from 1934. The inside left page opens to a reproduced color oil on canvas painting from 1936 while the exterior serves as the title page to the section. The section of glossy pages continues until p.93, with a total of 65 works, some full page and other multiple artworks to a page, some in situ. They are numbered, with details on size and materials in Japanese.The following pages include essays on Yoshihara and his work as well as reproduced artwork by and photos of Gutai members. The final pages of his section (pp.136-156) are a detailed timeline of his life and work that begin with his birth and end with the final year of his life and include text and small reproduced photos. Japanese text throughout with one page of English.
Gutai was a radical post-war art movement that preceded performance art in the US by a decade. The Gutai Art Association (Gutai Bijutsu Kyokai) or Gutai Group was formed in 1954 by Yoshihara and Shimamoto Shozo (1928 - 2013) and was active until 1972. The physical nature of their art (gutai roughly translates to "embodiment" or "the concrete") resulted in kinetic paintings, 3-dimensional sculptures and performances.
Good condition with wear and rubbing off on binding, slight toning to covers.