a strange story of misunderstanding
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.