Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga

February 8, 2015 to July 19, 2015
| Hoffman Galleries

Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga will examine the full arcs of the artists’ careers, from their early works to their 18-year engagement with the Gutai Art Association—the leading avant-garde group of postwar Japanese artists—to their later masterworks created in the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s. Drawing from among the best collections in Japan, the exhibition will include paintings, drawings, photographs, films, small-scale sculpture, Gutai-related ephemera and re-creations of outdoor installations—many of which have never been exhibited in the United States. Organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Japan Foundation in Tokyo, the exhibition highlights the experimental and innovative quality of Shiraga’s and Motonaga’s creative production through nearly 60 works of art and historical materials. 

Admission is FREE

Watch the installation of Motonaga’s Work (Water)—“the world’s first water scultpure”—below:

Programs

Challenging Voices: A Conversation on Art and the Ethical Imperative

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Join Ming Tiampo, leading Gutai expert and Associate Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, for a discussion with Paul McCarthy, artist and lender, and Axel Vervoordt, collector, in conjunction with Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga. 

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Ei Arakawa Performance in Response to "Between Action and the Unknown"

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Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. The DMA premieres a newly commissioned musical Jiro, Digital Painting, by New York–based performance artist Ei Arakawa, inspired by the exhibition Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga

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