KYOTO - Following the strong praise achieved by the various works of Gutai artists in Sotheby’s salerooms, Sotheby’s Hong Kong will present, for the first time ever on the market, a dedicated collection of pieces from legendary Gutai founder Yoshihara Jiro (1905–1972). The sale showcases more than 20 pieces of Yoshihara’s original canvas, paper and ceramic works including pieces featuring large calligraphic circles painted on rich monochrome backgrounds of red, white and black – many of them from his iconic Circle series. Dating from the mid-1930s to the early-1970s, the Circle series encompasses a comprehensive array of works rarely seen on the market, showcasing Yoshihara’s immaculate art, vision and taste, as well as his exploration on the circle motif in the later stage of his artistic career.
YOSHIHARA JIRO’S WORK (1971), AT THE HAKUSASONSO GARDEN AND MUSEUM, KYOTO, JAPAN.
Yoshihara authored the Gutai Art Manifesto – in 1956, two years after Gutai was established – defining the terms of engagement with the spirit, the body, and matter in new art. An experimentalist who was determined to revolutionize the post-war art world, his art drew inspiration from Zen calligraphy and is analogous to the Western concept of geometric abstraction and the action paintings of American artist Jackson Pollock.
YOSHIHARA JIRO’S WORK (1961–63), AT THE HAKUSASONSO GARDEN AND MUSEUM, KYOTO, JAPAN.
In celebration of Western Japanese avant-garde and contemporary art, Full Circle – a preview exhibition of Yoshihara Jiro’s collection – is taking place on Aug 1–2 at the beautiful, tranquil Hakusasonso Garden in Kyoto. Hakusasonso – which means "white sands villa" – was the residence of a distinguished Kyoto artist: Hashimoto Kansetsu. The 10,000-square-meter site was built in the Taisho, and is an early Showa-home Jibutsudo. Over a two-day period, more than two dozen of Yoshihara Jiro’s most significant pieces will grace the villa as elegant ornaments.