Sunday, March 2, 2014

Gutai: Splendid Playground

               After visiting the Guggenheim website's page on the Gutai exhibition, I came upon this piece by Sadamasa Motonaga called Work.  I think it's beautiful.  The caption explained that he was inspired by children's artwork and how they see the world in a pure and simplified way.  I thought the way he handled color and how he filled the picture plane were equally beautiful and unique.

Work, 1955
by Sadamasa Motonaga

                     "Throughout their careers, many Gutai artists, including Motonaga, were deeply involved in teaching and writing about children’s art. With their irreverent attitudes towards social and artistic conventions, children shaped Gutai’s ideas about art as a means to arrive at original ways of seeing the everyday. This series of works evoking landscapes and composed of elemental forms and colors was inspired by Motonaga’s work with children." -

               I also enjoyed Gutai Card Box (Gutai Art Association, 1962).  I thought it was a beautiful way to expose how society is so used to things being automated.

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