Yayoi Kusama is certainly one of the most important post-war and contemporary artists of the moment, with exhibitions all over the world. Her work is not only of historical importance, but it also appeals to a huge, broad and international audience, and escapes almost all art concepts such as ZERO, Minimal Art, Pop Art and Happening. Her work from the sixties, the time she worked in New York, was regularly shown in exhibitions around the world. Little known until now, however, was that her work originated to a large extent in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, and was exhibited there, more often than in New York. A new publication by the 0-INSTITUTE will provide for the first time ever an overview of Kusama's early performative activities, not only recorded by Dutch and Belgian photographers; but staged exclusively for their cameras. Naked and painted with dots, dressed in her own designed "fashion," in the streets and the sex shop, or just in the Dutch meadows. The publication will give a different light to the artistic activities of Kusama, which was already so colorful and cannot be put under a single heading.
Titel: Love Forever or Kusama's story told by Harrie Verstappen
Editor: Mattijs Visser
Publisher: 0-INSTITUTE / MER. Borgerhoff & Lamberigts
Format: 21 x 14 cm
Never published images: 70
To order: www.merbooks.be
Isbn: 9789463930772 (ENG)
Gutai was an important movement of the Japanese avant-garde, founded in Ashiya (near Osaka) by Jiro Yoshihara in 1954. Introduced to Lucio Fontana, and a circle of “art informel” artists from France and Italy, by French publicist and critic Michel Tapié. Yves Klein and his Dutch and German “zero” friends were introduced to Gutai by French art critic Pierre Restany. In America, artist Alfred Leslie introduced the group to “fluxus” artist John Cage and “happening” artist Allan Kaprow. But its influence on (subsequent) artists remains underappreciated. PDF Download below.
Artists had the opportunity in the 1960s to publicly show the naked body and use the body as a brush or canvas in both conceptual and painterly ways. It was a significant breakthrough shortly after World War II, a sober age of painting and informal art, crossing both artistic and geographic boundaries.
Artists like Christo and Yayoi Kusama explored the boundaries of the permissible, in a cat and mouse game with the authorities. Their “nude happenings” quickly made it to the international press.
Yves Klein and Kazuo Shiraga promptly became the “masters” among conceptual painters, whereby the body became a brush and painting was elevated to a public “event.”
Piero Manzoni with his extreme actions, further opened the way for art that had fallen into disrepair to reengage with the public, the press, the collectors. These painters, without canvas and brush defined new roads for art.
This historical exhibition is composed by Mattijs Visser, founding director of the ZERO foundation, with works from the collection of the HEART Museum Herning and in collaboration with the artist estates. The criteria for the selection is that the artist have been exhibiting in the same exhibitions in the sixties. The exhibition is part of the 8th Socle du Monde Biennale in Herning (Denmark), conceived by Visser, from 25 April to 27 August 2021.