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Gutai at the San Francisco Art Institute

08.02.2013 - 30.03.2013/General, Gallery
Gutai at the San Francisco Art Institute
Gutai. Experimental Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Mid-Winter Burning Sun: Gutai Historical Survey and Contemporary Response

San Francisco Art Institute
February 8-March 30, 2013
Opening on 8 February, 6-9pm

The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) presents a survey exhibition of Gutai (1954-1972)—a significant avant-garde artist collective in postwar Japan whose overriding directive was: "Do something no one's ever done before." Rejecting the figurative and abstract art of the era, and in an effort to transform the Japanese psyche from wartime regimentation to independence of thought, Gutai artists fulfilled their commitment to innovative practices by producing art through concrete, performative actions.

With a diverse assembly of historical and contemporary art, including several site-specific performances commissioned exclusively for SFAI, Experimental Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Mid-Winter Burning Sun: Gutai Historical Survey and Contemporary Response creates a dialogue with classic Gutai works while demonstrating the lasting significance and radical energy of this movement. This exhibition showcases North American, neo-conceptualist artists' responses to groundbreaking Gutai performances; dozens of original paintings, video, photographs, and ephemera from private collections; and an expansive collection of Mail Art from more than 30 countries.

Lecture:
On February 21, from 7:30-9pm, Shoichi Hirai, curator at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, will give a lecture at the SFAI, discussing the Gutai artists' activities chronologically and their significance in history. He explores how Gutai opened a new phase in art through experimental methods.
You need to register online, on the website below.

For more information, see: www.sfai.edu/
Gutai at the San Francisco Art Institute
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