Text by Yoshio Katoh
This publication documents the retrospective exhibition of Japanese Gutai master, Shozo Shimamoto. Delving deeper into the artist’s style and technique, this exhibition highlights the maturation of Shimamoto’s art career, highlighting pieces from his trademark Bottle Crash series, the culmination of the innovative performance-based methods he experienced with many times during his lifetime. The catalogue and exhibition also features details of the 2011 work, Untitled (Ping Pon), which includes islands of ping pong balls across the surface of a canvas that exemplifies the playful characterstic of Gutai along with the desire to push the limits of what is possible in art. Shozo Shimamoto became a prominent member of the post World War II Gutai movement after an encounter with artist Jiro Yoshihara, who inspired his newfound artistic talents. After the dissolution of the group, Shimamoto became a founding member of the Mail Art Movement and as an international Ambassador of Peace, which he gained recognition for in 1996, for being a nominee of the Nobel Peace Prize. Shimamoto’s work has been exhibited on a global scale including the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Tate Modern.
Yoshio Katoh is an art critic and curator. She graduated from the Musashino Art University and specializes in Gutai art.
Special Thanks to Whitestone Gallery, Shozo Shimamoto Association, and shimamotoLAB Inc.