Where does play end and art begin? The interest in such questions, largely fostered by the 2013 exhibition “Gutai: Splendid Playground” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, has now prompted a resurgent fascination with the work of this high-energy postwar Japanese group. In A.i.A.’s November/December 1968 issue, former Japan Timescritic Martin Cohen offered a penetrating assessment, both collective and individual, of the avant-garde “antics” of the “madcap” artists. Read more
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