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Sadaharu Horio at L'Atlas, Paris

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ALIVE. GUTAI, postwar avant-garde art movement and modern punk SHODO
L'Atlas, Paris
June 6 - July 20, 2024

L’Atlas is pleased to invite the Japanese gallery Nao Masaki for the exhibition ALIVE. GUTAI, postwar avant-garde art movement and modern punk SHODO. Works of artists Sadaharu Horio and Lintalow Hashiguchi will be shown together.

Sadaharu Horio was born in 1939 in a working-class neighborhood in Kobe, Japan where he lived and worked for the rest of his life. He became a part of the Gutai movement in Japan from the 1950s to the early 1970s and continued his work as an artist until his death in 2018.

A dare made with his art teacher Tokumitsu Kioka sparked Horio’s interest in art at the age of six. In 1955, Horio started working at a shipyard in Kobe where he joined the company’s Western-painting club. Two years later, he met Jiro Yoshihara, leader of the Gutai Art Association, and later became a member of the group until its dissolution in 1972.

Sadaharu Horio participated in many group and solo shows including the 15th Gutai Art Exhibition and exhibitions at the Shinanobashi Gallery in Osaka, at the Kyoto Kita-Shirakawa Art Village, and monthly exhibitions at a bar called Bonkura in Kobe. In 1979, he opened the Higashimon Gallery on the second floor of a noodle shop.

His work is characterized by a strong connection with everyday life and a rejection of boundaries between high and low art. Indeed, Horio used unconventional mediums in his works such as scrap materials collected at the shipyard, string, pieces of wood, boxes and rocks.

His influences were multiple and diverse. A conversation with the leader of a religious group inspired Horio’s interest in visualizing “air”. Japan also had a profound influence on Horio’s work, both in terms of its artistic traditions and its cultural values, such as Japanese calligraphy, harmony, balance, and Japanese philosophy that values the beauty of imperfection and impermanence.

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