Gutai Spirit Forever emphasizes the continuous commitment of the artist to both the philosophical and ethical statements of the Gutai group. The exhibition consists of two parts: Part 1: Works from 1964 to 1976, which will be on view from February 7th to March 16th, 2013 and Part 2: Works from 1977 to 2013, running from March 21st through April 20th, 2013.
Born in Osaka in 1937, Matsutani began his artistic exploration in 1956 with Nihonga, a traditional Japanese painting genre. His paintings soon veered away from this time honored style, as his subject matter became more abstract. Matsutani began experimenting with vinyl wood glue, which allowed the introduction of the third dimension into his paintings. In 1960, Matsutani participated in his first exhibition with the Gutai group in the Pinacotheca Gutai. He had become a member and was exhibited regularly until the dissolution of the group in 1972. He received a grant to study in France and settled down there since 1966. His work is now characterized by the use of two materials: glue and graphite. Museums and private collectors in Japan own the majority of the first Gutai generation’s art. However, Matsutani’s productivity and longevity have lead him to be widely represented on the market today. While most Gutai artists are no longer living, Matsutani continues to testify his commitment to the aesthetic and conceptual statements of the movement.
Matsutani: Gutai Spirit Forever Part 1: Works from 1964 to 1976 February 7 - March 16, 2013 Part 2: Works from 1977 to 2013 March 21 - April 20, 2013 Galerie Richard 514 W 24th Street New York, NY 10011