Gutai Photograph


Kiyoji Otsuji ( Japanese, 1923 - 2001 )

1956–1957, printed 2012
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General Description

Kiyoji Ōtsuji photographed many of the ephemeral, performative activities of members of the Gutai Art Association. Some important happenings captured by Ōtsuji include Atsuko Tanaka’s Electric Dress; Murakami Saburō’s passing through sheets of paper; Sadamasa Motonaga’s Smoke performance; as well as Kazuo Shiraga’s foot painting. Documenting pioneers in the realm of performance art, this suite of photographs remains an important record of a crucial moment in postwar Japanese art.

Excerpt from

Anna Katherine Brodbeck, ed., TWO X TWO X TWENTY: Two Decades Supporting Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas: Dallas Museum of Art), 2018.