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    Sale 13430

    Asobi: Japanese & Korean Postwar Art

    11 October 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 72

    Yozo Ukita (1924 - 2013)

    A White Plaster Spirits Style IV

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    Yozo Ukita (1924 - 2013)
    A White Plaster Spirits Style IV
    signed and dated Yozo Ukita '04 (on the reverse)
    oil and acrylic on canvas
    145.5 x 112.2 cm.
    Painted in 2004

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    Yozo Ukita was a founding member of Gutai, joining in 1955 and remaining in the group until 1964. He played a key role by managing Kirin [Giraffe]; a children’s art and poetry magazine founded by a group of Kansai-area intellectuals in 1948. At this time he also met Jiro Yoshihara, Gutai’s future leader and he would commission Yoshihara to design artwork for the cover. Central to Gutai was an encouragement of a childlike impulse - a time when imagination is not constrained, thereby allowing true creativity. Under Ukita’s direction, Kirin therefore became a key vehicle for Gutai, with artists contributing illustrations and essays.

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    Yozo Ukita Art Works Editing Committee, Yozo Ukita Art Works, (Kyoto, 2015), p. 150, no. 6-29 (illustrated in colour)