SUMI YASUO SUMI YASUO

SUMI YASUO

SUMI YASUO

Yasuo Sumi starts painting while working as high school teacher alongside with Shozo Shimamoto, one of the founding members of Gutai Art Association. Sumi who uses soroban (Japanese abacus) as the material of teaching mathematics, discovers by chance that there is beautiful trace left after rolling painted soroban on paper. Since then, soroban becomes synonym for Sumi’s technique as well as vibrator and traditional umbrella. Sumi joins to Gutai in 1955 and continues to exhibit his works at each subsequent Gutai exhibition until its disbandment. The number of improvisational creations reflected his three principals “desperation, absence of seriousness, irresponsibility” is praised by the leader of Gutai, Jiro Yoshihara. As well as Shimamoto, Sumi experiences many exhibitions in Europe and USA, gets popularity especially in Italy.

ARTWORKS

IMAGES

Work SY-25, 1958, Oil and lacquer spray on canvas
Work SY-49, 1963, Ink and oil on canvas
Work SY-6, 1965-90, Oil on canvas
Work SY-11, 1982, Oil and lacquer spray on canvas
Work SY-15, 1991-95-97, Oil on board
Work SY-16, 1991, Ink and acrylic on canvas

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS,COLLECTIONS

COLLECTIONS

National Museum of Art, Osaka / Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art Ashiya City Museum of Art / Osaka Museum of Modern Art / Tanabe City Museum of Art Itami City Museum of Art / Urawa Art Museum / Gendaikko Museum / Museo De Arte Contemporaneo De Seishi Miyazaki Prefectural Museum of Art

BIOGRAPHY

1925
Born in Osaka, Japan
1954
Encountered with Jiro Yoshihara at the Ashiya City Art Exhibition. Awarded Sakura Prize at the 7th Ashiya City Art Exhibition
1955
Experimental Outdoor Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Mid-Summer Sun exhibition
Joined Gutai Art Collective
1st formal Gutai Exhibition (Tokyo Ohara Hall) (participation in every successive Gutai exhibition)
1975
Art Unidentified / Artist Union (presently known as AU) founding member. Participation in every group exhibition
1983
Group Exhibition "Gutai/AU", Düsseldorf, Germany
1988
Group Exhibition "Japanese" at the American Artist Cultural Center, New York
1992
Solo exhibition at Lustre Hall, Hyogo Prefecture
1992-93
Gutai I, II, & III exhibitions at the Ashiya City Museum of Art and History
1993
Passage to the Orient exhibition, 45th Venice Biennial
2000
literary work Desperation, Rebellion and Irresponsibility published by Bungeisha Press
2004-05
Exhibition "Traces:Body and Idea in Contemporary Art" at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
2005-06
Presented works at an exhibition in Modena, Italy
2006
Presented works at an exhibition organized by the Morra Foundation in Naples, Italy Presented a performance work at the residential garden of Morra, a founder of the Morra Foundation
2008
"Yasuo Sumi Exhibition" at Gendaikko Museum, Miyazaki Prefecture Exhibition at MAGI '900 museum, Bologna, Italy with Shozo Shimamoto
2009
Solo Exhibition "SUM" at Spazio Arte dei Mori, Venice, Italy, held a solo exhibition there the following year too
2010
Exhibition "Gutai" at Museo Cantonale d'Arte, Lugano
2013
Solo exhibition at Whitestone gallery, Tokyo
2015
Passed away

 

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