En recuerdo a nuestra amiga y colega...
In memory of our friend and colleague...
(1928 / January 25, 2013)
Shimamoto was born in Osaka,
Japan, in 1928, and graduated from the Kwansei Gakuin University.
He was among the artists who founded the Gutai Art Association in 1954,
and is credited with proposing the group's name.
Is one of the most important phenomena of
the international experimental postwar art. Shimamotos works from this
period are in collections such as those of the Tate Gallery and the Tate
Modern (in both London and Liverpool) and the Hyogo Prefectural Museum
of Art in Kobe, Japan. He is furthermore an internationally renowned
Mail Artist and Performer. In 1986 he visited Mail Artists in Eastern
and Western Europa who he asked to write, paint or stamp messages on his
shaved head. He published the Mail Art magazine AU for several
Stretching the boundaries
between painting and performance, he became known for paintings made by
projecting paint onto the canvas from a handmade canon. He was also
president of Able Art Japan, the Japanese Association for Disabled
Shimamoto's passing comes on the
heels of a comprehensive survey of the Gutai group held in 2012 at the
National Art Center, Tokyo, and just weeks before the Feb 15 opening of
"Gutai: Splendid Playground," a large-scale survey at the Guggenheim
Museum in New York.
artist Shozo Shimamoto died January 25,
2013 of sudden heart failure at hospital in Nishinomiya, Hyogo
Prefecture, it has been reported. He
Shozo Shimamoto: Official site
Postcard by Shozo Shimamoto
sent to Vortice Argentina, January 3, 1999