Gutai Exhibition Places First in AICA-USA Awards

Work (Water)

The United States section of the International Art Critics Association (AICA-USA) has named Gutai: Splendid Playground the Best Thematic Show in New York of 2013. Organized by Ming Tiampo, Associate Professor, Art History, Carleton University, Ottawa, and Alexandra Munroe, Samsung Senior Curator, Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the exhibition was presented at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from February 15 to May 8, 2013. AICA-USA Best Show awards recognize exceptional aesthetic and scholarly accomplishments in the visual arts, and are based on the votes of over 400 critics, scholars, and curators who are members of the AICA-USA.

Gutai: Splendid Playground examined the creative spectrum of Japan’s most influential avant-garde collective of the postwar era, which is celebrated for its ethics of creative freedom and for creating some of the most exuberant works and events in the history of Japanese and international avant-garde art. As part of the exhibition, the Guggenheim hosted an online drawing interactive inspired by Please Draw Freely, a work by Yoshihara Jirō.

The Guggenheim was also named as a finalist in the Best Monographic Show in New York category for the exhibition Robert Motherwell: Early Collages, organized by Susan Davidson, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions.

Learn more about Gutai at the exhibition site and see all winners of the AICA-USA awards.

Motonaga Sadamasa, Work (Water), 1956 (new commission 2011). Polyethylene, water, dye, and rope, dimensions variable. Collection of Motonaga Nakatsuji Etsuko. Installation view: Gutai: Splendid Playground, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, February 15–May 8, 2013. © Motonaga Nakatsuji Etsuko. Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation


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