Toshio Yoshida Exhibition

Fergus McCaffrey (514 W 26th St.)

poster for Toshio Yoshida Exhibition
[Image: "BURN by CF No. 16" (1954) Burnt wood 28 5/8 x 24 in. © The Estate of Toshio Yoshida]

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Toshio Yoshida (1928-1997) adopted the mantra of Jiro Yoshihara—“Do what has never been done before”—to explore the intersection of painting and performance, and was one of the great original thinkers and innovators of Gutai alongside Kazuo Shiraga, Sadamasa Motonaga, Atsuko Tanaka, Shozo Shimamoto, and Saburo Murakami.

The exhibition at Fergus McCaffrey begins with a selection of Burn Paintings from 1954, which Yoshida created through searing and scaring plywood panels with a soldering iron, or with red hot coals. These works predate, and prefigure, Yves Klein’s Fire paintings of 1960, and even Alberto Burri’s Combustioni works of 1955. The audacity and directness of Yoshida’s Brushstroke paintings from 1955 and 1956 have few parallels in postwar art, occupying a unique space between Nicolas de Staël and Robert Ryman. Examples of these will also be on display: Sakuhin (55-11), 1955 is an almost monochrome canvas, made up of hundreds of heavily impastoed brush strokes, while Sakuhin (56-12), 1956 features a single applied stroke of thick paint on a black wooden panel.

Yoshida has been featured in every major Gutai retrospective including “Gutai: Japanische Avant-garde 1954-1965,” Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, Germany, 1991; “Gutai,” Jeu de Paume, Paris, in 1991; “Gutai: The Spirit of an Era,” National Art Center, Tokyo, in 2012; and “Gutai: Splendid Playground,” Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2013. Important examples of Yoshida’s works exist in the collections of Les Abattoires, Toulouse, France; Ashiya City Museum of Art and History, Japan; Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD; The Pinault Collection, Paris; and The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas, TX.

Fergus McCaffrey gallery has been at the forefront of expanding knowledge about Gutai internationally for over a decade. Research into Toshio Yoshida’s career is in the early stages of development, but Fergus McCaffrey, with Gutai scholar Koichi Kawasaki, will publish of a catalogue raisonné Toshio Yoshida’s work in 2019.



from April 27, 2017 to June 24, 2017

Opening Reception on 2017-04-27 from 18:00 to 20:00


Toshio Yoshida

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