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BOOK REVIEW

Fancy Footwork

A new monograph on the preeminent 
Gutai figure Kazuo Shiraga gets
elbow deep into new scholarship

KAZUO SHIRAGA, published by Dominique Lévy and Axel Vervoordt Gallery, 2015, 

hardcover with black-and-white and color illustrations, 295 pages.

The year is 1954. Thick splashes of paint are poured from a bucket onto a canvas lying on the floor in the center of the atelier. A lone rope hangs from the ceiling. Grasping the rope tightly with two hands for balance, he glides across the canvas, swirling the paint with his feet, pushing off with the weight

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