What is the Gutai Art Movement, to Inspire You
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“Gutai art does not transform, it does not falsify matter, Gutai art gives matter life.”
What is the Gutai movement?
They wanted to create a new kind of art that explored the relationship between the human spirit and material, works that luxuriated in “the scream of matter.”
The Gutai Art Association (1954–72) originated in the cosmopolitan town of Ashiya, near Osaka, in western Japan.
The word Gutai means “concreteness” and captures the direct engagement with materials its members were experimenting with around the time of its founding.
Gutai artists were exceptional international networkers who used the media to spread their ideas across the globe.
The Gutai Art Movement was an avant-garde art movement that emerged in Japan, following World War II.
The movement was characterized by a burst of energy and experimentation and involved the use of time, action, and performance in art.
The members of the movement sought to create a “new autonomous space” and redefine “picturing” as a whole-body experience.
The movement was significant in the context of Japan’s traditional hierarchical culture and the years of oppressive militaristic government.
The movement was active until 1972 and its main figures were Jiro Yoshihara, Kazuo Shiraga, Atsuko Tanaka, and Saburo Murakami among others.
The Gutai movement, characterized by a burst of energy, was not limited to Japan post-World War II.
Similar to the Happenings in the U.S. and experimental movements such as Informel and CoBrA in Europe, Gutai emphasized time, action, and performance as it aimed to create a “new autonomous space” and redefine “picturing” as a whole-body experience.