Gutai: The First Happenings Were Japanese!

Suburo Murakami, Passing Through, 1956

                                        “Gutai: Splendid Playground”   (Guggenheim to May 8) forces a rewrite of  art history.  The co-curators, Alexandra Munroe and Ming Tiampo, in their catalog essays meet the issues head-on. The subject matter demands it, for Gutai is the unfairly scorned  post-War Japanese avant-garde movement devoted … [Read more...]

Allan Kaprow: The Retread

     William Pope.L,YARD (To Harrow), 2009; "reinvention" of Allan Kaprow'sYARD, 1961   Part One: Art By the Yard Allan Kaprow's Yard, now in its 15th reincarnation, celebrates the new quarters (32 E. 69th St.) of Hauser & Wirth, formerly only of Zurich and London. From beyond the grave, Kaprow (1927-2006) is still posing questions of authority, authorization, and notions of the artist as author rather than maker.   The Hauser & Wirth exhibition (to Oct. … [Read more...]