Kazuo Shiraga


by Eric C. Shiner and Reiko Tomii

Japanese painter Kazuo Shiraga, a leading member of the 1950s and 1960s Japanese avant-garde group Gutai, died on April 8 in Hyogo Prefecture. Shiraga first came to prominence for his radical use of his own body as a painter's tool: grasping a rope suspended from the ceiling, he used his feet as a brush to smear paint onto a canvas on the floor. Borrowing ideas about the physicality of painting from American action painters, notably Jackson Pollock, he went further by fully integrating his body into theā€¦

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