Founder and mentor of Gutai Art Association, Japanese postwar avant-garde group: GUTAI pursued the way of innovative art by appealing direct on materiality itself. Its slogan is known as “Don’t copy anyone”. In 1960, Yoshihara creates a number of works composed of a bold circle spread over a plane background of canvas. The artist develops this motif in his own exquisite way and becomes to be highly appreciated from overseas. The innovativeness of Yoshihara’s circle is its no philosophical meaning. It is only chosen for convenience. Yoshihara goes far in liberating art from any stereotypes and he has kept absolute influence on GUTAI members.
Yoshihara was the founding member of and a mentor to fellow artists of the Gutai Art Association, a Japanese post-war avant-garde art group. Gutai sought to create innovative art by using the artworks’ the materials themselves for artistic expression. The group’s slogan, “Don’t copy anyone,” likewise speaks to its innovative spirit. In 1960, Yoshihara created a number of works composed of singular bold circles spread over a plain background of canvas. The artist developed this motif in his own exquisite way and became highly appreciated overseas. The innovativeness of Yoshihara’s circle is its lack of philosophical meaning. It is only chosen for convenience. Yoshihara went far to liberate art from traditional conventions, and his artwork remains influential, especially in the context of the Gutai art movement.