The founder of Gutai, Jiro Yoshihara, organizes exhibitions. Kazuo Shiraga, who will apply this physical concept throughout his long career even after the dissolution of the group, reaches its climax by blending thick layers of colors with his feet. He created his first Gutai works by walking on the canvas laid on the ground as if paint was mud.
Japan is no longer an isolated country in the 1950s. Pollock shows some friendly interest in Gutai. The ample gestures of Kline or Miro have a similar role. Gutai invites to happening, which is practiced in Europe by Georges Mathieu.
Later Shiraga will exhibit a dramatic technique by clinging to a rope for launching his feet onto a vertical canvas. Another gymnast, Yves Klein, will use the naked female body as a paintbrush.
On March 5 in New York, Sotheby's sells an early gutai work by Shiraga, lot 22 estimated $ 1.8M. This oil on canvas 98 x 130 cm painted around 1964 included four colors over an orange background.