An Introduction to Kazuo Shiraga and Gutai

Christie's takes a look at the collective of experimental Gutai artists whose impact on contemporary art is still being fully recognized.

"In 1954 the Gutai Bijutsu Kyōkai, or Gutai group, became Japan’s first post-war radical art movement," says Christie’s post-war and contemporary art specialist Paul Nyzam. "Their work encompassed painting, performance and happenings — much in line with avant-garde artistic developments in Europe — but passed largely under the radar in the West during the second half of the 20th century."