Shozo Shimamoto


En recuerdo a nuestra amiga y colega...

In memory of our friend and colleague...

(1928 / January 25, 2013)

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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 years.

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 Artists.

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.

The artist Shozo Shimamoto died January 25, 2013 of sudden heart failure at hospital in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, it has been reported. He was 85.



Shozo Shimamoto: Official site


Gutai group





Postcard by Shozo Shimamoto sent to Vortice Argentina, January 3, 1999