Gutai at the Guggenheim

Our art class recently went on an art trip to New York City for a few days. The trip was filled with a plethora of museum visits-my favorite of the week at the Guggenheim showcased the works of the Japanese art collective-The Gutai Group. Out of all the art exhibits I have attended, I felt that the work of the Gutai Group held the most relevance to my own personal work. The idea of rejecting overt content, and looking to the physical matter embodying a piece to form content rather than a pre conceived concept. The Gutai Group’s work concentrates heavily on reacting to the artistic context of the time-of post war. An excerpt from the Gutai’s manifesto that encompasses the relativity to my own work:

“Yet what is interesting in this respect is the novel beauty to be found in works of art and architecture of the past which have changed their appearance due to the damage of time or destruction by disasters in the course of the centuries. This is described as the beauty of decay, but is it not perhaps that beauty which material assumes when it is freed from artificial make-up and reveals its original characteristics? The fact that the ruins receive us warmly and kindly after all, and that they attract us with their cracks and flaking surfaces, could this not really be a sign of the material taking revenge, having recaptured its original life?….”

And for some of my favorites

Oil on canvas- Jiro Yoshihara




xx Molly


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