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Yozo Ukita (1924 - 2013)
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Yozo Ukita (1924 - 2013)

A White Plaster Spirits Style IV

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

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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