The Printer Patron of Gutai
Arts patronage has been a critical aspect of the arts since ancient times. For countless centuries, both struggling and established artists around the world have relied on financial sponsorship and funding from wealthy art lovers who provided both material and psychological support.
The same can be said of post-war Japan: in Gutai's early years, even as the group began its steady ascent into the global limelight, many members struggled financially. Lots 794 to 796 come from the historically important collection of a little known and never before acknowledged patron of the eminent Gutai group—the generous art-loving printer of the Gutai journals and magazines.
Originally the printer of brochures for Yoshihara Jiro's oil company, the benevolent businessman started printing Gutai magazines on a discounted fee upon Yoshihara's founding of Gutai. He soon befriended many Gutai artists and regularly purchased their works as a gesture of moral and financial support. The present sale presents exquisite 1960s works from the collection by Shiraga Kazuo, Maekawa Tsuyoshi and Mukai Shuji, all from the prime era of the extraordinary Gutai legacy.