Arts Curriculum

Gutai: Splendid Playground

February 15–May 8, 2013

Chong, Doryun, ed. Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant Garde. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2012.

Dower, John. Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II. New York: Norton, 2000.

Merewether, Charles, and Rika Iezumi Hiro, eds. Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950–1970. Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2007.

Munroe, Alexandra. Japanese Art after 1945: Scream Against the Sky. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1994.

Munroe, Alexandra, and Ming Tiampo. Gutai: Splendid Playground. New York: Guggenheim Museum, 2013.

Tiampo, Ming. Gutai: Decentering Modernism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011.

For Younger Students
Rubin, Susan Goldman. Breaking the Rules: What is Contemporary Art? Los Angeles: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2010.

Takabayashi, Mari. I Live in Tokyo. New York: Sandpiper, 2004.

Murakami Sabur?, “Passage,” 1956/94, YouTube video, 54 sec., posted by “mediapicnic,” May 14, 2006,

Namuth, Hans. “Jackson Pollock 51,” 1950, YouTube video, 1 min., 20 sec., posted by “OtipodasHistorias,” Feb. 28, 2007,

“Outdoor Gutai Exhibition,” part 1/5, 1956, 5 min., 43 sec., Tofu Magazine,

Virtual Museum of Japanese Arts

Hauser and Wirth Gallery, A Visual Essay on Gutai

Hundertmark Gallery, Gutai

Metabolism: The City of the Future, Mori Art Museum

Metabolist School of Architecture

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