'Gutai is the first book in English to examine Japan’s best-known modern art movement, a circle of postwar artists whose avant-garde paintings, performances, and installations foreshadowed many key developments in American and European experimental art.

Working with previously unpublished photographs and archival resources, Ming Tiampo considers Gutai’s pioneering transnational practice, spurred on by mid-century developments in mass media and travel that made the movement’s field of reception and influence global in scope. Using these lines of transmission to claim a place for Gutai among modernist art practices while tracing the impact of Japan on art in Europe and America, Tiampo demonstrates the fundamental transnationality of modernism. Ultimately, Tiampo offers a new conceptual model for writing a global history of art, making Gutai an important and original contribution to modern art history.'

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Chronology, list of Gutai artists, list of Yoshihara Jiro's Magazine Collections, as well as selected bibliography are included in the appendix.
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Decentering Originality

Originality and Transnational Modernism in the Taisho Era: Yoshihara's Formative Years

Gutai Strategies of Originality

Originality, Individualism, and Subjective Autonomy

The Interpoetics of Distance

Translation: Decentering Jackson Pollock

Recontextualization: Nengajo and Gutai Mail Art

Quantization: Gutai Portables

Lines of Flight: The Gutai Journal

Yoshihara's Postwar Internationalism and the Gutai Journal

American Correspondences

European Correspondences

The Politics of Geography and Gutai Exhibitions

Tokyo/Ashiya/Osaka, 1955-1958

New York, 1958

Turin, 1959

International Contemporaneity and Gutai Exhibitions

Osaka, 1962

Amsterdam, 1965

Paris, 1965

New Directions in Gutai Exhibitions

15th Gutai Art Exhibition, 1965

Gutai Art for the Space Age, 1967

Expo '70

Conclusion: Gutai's Decentering Legacies

Gutai: Decentering Modernism
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