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Yasuo Sumi

1925 - 2015 Osaka, Japan

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  • About the Artist
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Yasuo Sumi was born in 1925. After joining Gutai in 1955, Sumi becomes a member of Art Club, the group represented by Taro Okamoto. He participated in all the Gutai exhibitions from the first to the 21st one. Furthermore he has been invited to many exhibitions organized by public museums such as Tokyo City Modern Art Museum, Kyoto City Modern Art Museum, Hyogo Prefecture Museum, Osaka City Modern Art Museum, Ashiya City Museum, Chiba City Art Museum, Miyagi Prefecture Art Museum, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Kitakyushu City Art Museum, Itami City Art Museum, Shibuya Art Museum. He also held many exhibitions in the most famous galleries in Tokyo, Osaka and Itami. Sumi has been invited to the 45th Venice Biennale (Path to the East) with a project promoted by the Japan Foundation and the Italian Government. He held many exhibitions abroad, such as Galerie National du Jeu de Paume in Paris; New York's Martha Jackson Gallery, New York Cultural Exchange Center (solo exhibition) in US; Auckland Museum in Australia; Rome Contemporary Art Museum, Torino Figurative Gallery, Torino International Aesthetic Studio, Milan Art Center, Fondazione Morra in Naples. in Italy; Rauma Art Museum, Helsinki Art Academy in Finland; Rotterdam Design House in Netherlands; Off Center in Canada; and also in England and China. Plenty of his works have become property of public national museums all over the world. Sumi is today an active member of the AU Group and participates to the group exhibitions.

He uses abaci, vibrators and combs for his works. While painting and performing Sumi always wears a pair of geta (woodden japanese shoes) and a bangasa (japanese umbrella), and uses a soroban (japanese abacus). But the use of these instruments is peculiar: sorobans are, for example, used, together with japanese ink to create straight and curved lines on papers and canvas. Bangasa is used to blow violently canvases, thus making them damaged. Vibrators are used to spread rhytmically colours on papers and canvases.

1954

Wins Sakura Prize at the 7th Ashiya Exhibition (Awarded the prize also for the following 5 years)

2nd Genbi Exhibition (Osaka, Matsuzakaya)

1955

7th Yomiuri Independent Exhibition (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)

Experimental Outdoor Exhibition of Modern Art to Challenge the Mid-Summer Sun.

Enters Gutai Movement

1st Gutai Exhibition (Tokyo, Ohara Kaikan). Participates consecutively to all the following Gutai Exhibitions

5th Modern Art Association Exhibition (participates consecutively up to 1959)

1956

Outdoor Gutai Art Exhibition (Ashiya)

1957

Performance "Work by Automatism" at the first Gutai Art on Stage exhibition (Osaka, Sankei Kaikan; Tokyo, Sankei Hall)

1958

Performance "Painting in the air" at the second Gutai Art on Stage Exhibition (Osaka, Asahi Kaikan)

"International Art of a New Era: Informel and Gutai" (touring exhibition s tarting from Osaka, Takashimaya department store)

Becomes member of Ashiya Art Association

"The Gutai Group Exhibition" (New York, Martha Jackson Gallery)

1959

Covered by the BBC

"The Seventh Gutai Art Exhibition" (Turin, Galleria Arti Figurative)

Moves house to Itami City and becomes judge of Itami exhititions.

1960

Fourth "Asahi New Talents" exhibition (Osaka, Takashimaya)

1961

"Continuite` et avant-garde au Japon" exhibition, organised by Tapie' (Turin, Center of Aesthetic Research

1962

"Don't Worry, the Moon Won't Fall Down: Gutai Art and Morita Modern Dance" (Osaka, Sankei Hall)

1965

"Groupe Gutai-Gutai Art Exhibition in Paris" (Paris, Galerie Stadler)

"'65 Japan; Today's Exhibition" (Tokyo, Muramatsu Gallery)

1966

"NUL66. Mul Negentienhonderd Zesenzestig" (Den Haag, Galerij Olez)

1967

"Gutai in The Netherlands: small works" (Rotterdam, Design House)

"Gutai Art Exhibition in Austria" (Klagenfurt, Hildebrandt Gallery)

"The 18th Gutai Art Exhibition" (Osaka, Gutai Pinacotheca)

"The 19th Gutai Art Exhibition"(Tokyo, Central Museum; Osaka, Gutai Pinacotheca)

1970

"Japan Expo '70-Garden on Garden" Gutai Group show (Osaka, Expo Museum)

1971

The first "Festival of Hyogo Prefecture Art" (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)

1972

"The Circle Surrounding Jiro Yoshihara" exhibition (Osaka, Fujimi Gallery)

1974

The fourth "Festival of Hyogo Prefecture Art" (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)

1975

Joins Artist Union (then called AU group= Art Unidentified) and participates consecutively to all the exhibitions

1976

"Japan Now" exhibition (San Francisco, Kaplikon Gallery, Embassy Gallery)

"Eighteen Years of Gutai Art" (Osaka, Prefectural Gallery)

The 12th "Today's Notion of Space" exhibition (Yokohama, Municipal Gallery of Art)

1977 International Peace Exhibition in Moscow

"Green Activities" exhibition (Stuttgart, Germany)

"Sign Symbol" exhibition (New Zealand, Wellington)

1979

"Jiro Yoshihara and Today's Aspects of Gutai" (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)

"World Symposium Invitaton Show" (Alberta, Canada)

1981

Solo Exhibition (Nishinomiya, Shozo Shimamoto Artspace)

1982

Solo Exhibition at Tokyo Museum of Art

1983

The first "Japan Week" (Dusseldorf, Atelier Hildebrand)

"6 Artists of Gutai-AU" exhibition (Itami, Municipal Art Gallery)

1984

"Modern Art in Hyogo Prefecure" exhibition (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)

"Vancouver Modern Art" exhibition (Canada, Vancouver Art Gallery)

1985

"The First Ten 1975-1985" exhibition (Canada, Off Center)

"Modern Art in Hyogo Prefecure - Music" exhibition (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)

"Jiro Yoshihara and Gutai:1954-1972" exhibition (Ashiya, Ashiya Civic Center)

"Action and Emotion, Paintings of the '50s, Informel, Gutai Cobra" exhibition (Osaka, National Museum of Art)

1987

Solo Exhibition (Itami, Itami Municipal Art Gallery)

Solo Exhibition (Osaka, North Fort)

1988

Solo Exhibition (New York , Japanese-American Artist Cultural Center)

Solo Exhibition (Ashiya, Grace Human Life)

"Gutai Artists" exhibition (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)

Solo Exhibition (Amagasaki, Seibu Department Tsukashin Store)

1989

"Yamamura Collection" exhibiton (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)

Solo Exhibition (Itami, Itami Municipal Art Gallery)

1990

"Gutai" exhibition (Shibuya, The Shoto Museum of Art)

Solo Exhibition (Ikeda, Buranju Gallery)

"Japanese Avant-garde - Gutai Group the '50s" exhibition (Rome, Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna)

1991

"Gutai Japanische Avantgarde 1954-1965" exhibition (Darmstadt, Institut Mathildehohe)

"Gutai - Adventurers of Paintings" exhibition (Fukuoka, Fukuoka Art Museum)

"Currents of the 20th Century Art" exhibition (Miyazaki, Kyuden Community Plaza)

1992

"Artists of Gutai Art Association" exhibition (Miyagi, The Miyagi Museum of Art)

Gutai Exhibition (Milan, Milan Art Center)

"Gutai I: 1954-1958" exhibition (Ashiya, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History)

"Itami Modern Art" exhibition (Itami, Central Community Center)

"Outdoor Exhibition 1955, 1956" (Ashiya, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History)

Solo Exhibition (Ashiya, Gallery Second House TWO)

Performance (China, Foshan City Cultural Department)

"The World of Modern Art" exhibition (Shimane Art Museum)

Solo Exhibition (Itami Lustre Hall)

1993

"Gutai II: 1959-1965" exhibition (Ashiya, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History)

The 45th La Biennale di Venezia, "Passaggio a Oriente" (Venice)

"Gutai III: 1965-1972" exhibition (Ashiya, Ashiya City Museum of Art and History)

"Gutai 1955-1956: A Restarting Point in Japanese Contemporary Art" exhibition (Tokyo, Penrose Institute)

1994

"Gutai 1955-1956: A Restarting Point in Japanese Contemporary Art" exhibition (Osaka, Kirin Plaza Osaka)

Solo Exhibition (Osaka, Lads Gallery)

Solo Exhibition (Tokyo, Mitaka City, Gallery Yume)

1995

Solo Exhibition (Osaka, ABC Gallery)

1996 "Section of Post-War Art" exhibition (Chiba, Chiba City Museum of Art)

1997 Solo Exhibition "New Works by Yasuo Sumi" (Osaka, Lads Gallery)

4-man Exhibition, (Finland, Rauma Art Museum)

1998

"Works from the Fifities by Yasuo Sumi" solo exhibition, (Osaka, Shimanouchi Gallery)

1999 Gutai Exhibition (Paris, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume)

"Works by Yasuo Sumi" (Osaka, Kuruse Gallery)

2000

Exhibition "Gutai and Informel" (Osaka, Art-U Gallery)

Publishes the book "Yakekuso, fumajime, charanporan" Bungeisha Editions

2001 Solo Exhibition (Osaka, Lads Gallery)

Solo Exhibition (Itami City Museum of Art)

2002

"Collection Masterpieces II" exhibition (Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)

Solo Exhibition (Osaka, Lads Gallery)

Exhibition (Sendai, Sendai Mediatheque)

2004

"Traces: Body and Idea in Contemporary Art" exhibition (Kyoto, The National Museum of Modern Art)

2005

"Traces: Body and Idea in Contemporary Art" exhibition (Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art)

Exhibition and performance (Trevi Flash Art Museum)

Performance (Reggio Emilia, Pari&Dispari Agency)

Performance (Venice, Liceo Artistico)

"AU" exhibition (Kobe, Haradanomori Gallery)

"AU and Gutai" exhibition (Modena, Spazio Fisico Gallery)

2006

"New Spring Small Works" exhibition (Tokyo, Mitaka City, Gallery Yume)

"Collection 4" exhibition (Osaka, The National Museum of Art)

Exhibition and performance (Napoli, Fondazione Morra)

"Itami Art Association" exhibition (Itami, Central Community Center)

Tokyo International Art Fair (Tokyo Big Sight )

Group exhibition (Beijing, Exhibition Center)

"AU" exhibition (Kobe, Haradanomori Gallery)

Solo Exhibition (Venice, Spazio Arte dei Mori Gallery)

2007

La Biennale di Venezia "P3" Side event

Solo Exhibition (Venice, Spazio Arte dei Mori Gallery)

2008

Solo Exhibition (Osaka, Shimanouchi Gallery)

Performance (Napoli, Punta Campanella)

Exhibition (Capri, Blue Lizard Gallery)

Exhibition and performance (Capri- Saint Giacomo's Charterhouse)

Exhibition and performance (Miyazaki, Gendaikko Museum)

Performance (Kyushu, Aoshima; Sakurajima and Miyazaki Kanko Hotel)

Performance and "Shimamoto-Sumi" exhibition (Bologna, Museo Magi900)

Padova Arte 2008 (Padua, Art Fair)

2009

Solo Exhibition (Osaka, Lads Gallery)

Solo Exhibition (Venice, Spazio Arte dei Mori Gallery)

2010

Solo Exhibition (Osaka, Shimanouchi Gallery)

Solo Exhibition (Venice, Spazio Arte dei Mori Gallery)

"Gutai: Painting with Time and Space" exhibition (Lugano, Museo Cantonale d'Arte)

2011

Solo Exhibition (Itami, Yoshida Gallery)

"Yasuo Sumi, Early Gutai Period" solo exhibition (Venice, Spazio Arte dei Mori Gallery)

"Gutai, Between Past and Present" exhibition (Venice, Spazio Arte dei Mori Gallery)

2012

"Un Art Autre?" exhibition (Paris, Christie's Paris)

"GUTAI: The Spirit of an Era" exhibition (Tokyo, The National Art Center)

"GUTAI at 32 East 69th Street" exhibition (New York, Hauser and Wirth)

2013

"Gutai: Splendid Playground" exhibition (New York, Guggenheim Museum)

"Gutai's Color" two man exhibition (Venice, Spazio Arte dei Mori Gallery)

Solo Exhibition (Tokyo, Whitestone Gallery)

2014

"Art in the World" exhibition (Okayama, Tenmaya Store)

Solo Exhibition and performance (Karuizawa, Karuizawa New Art Museum)

"GUTAI- Scream of matter - Shozo Shimamoto, Yasuo Sumi" (Berlin, WeGallery)

"Yasuo Sumi - Special Works" exhibition (Venice, Spazio Arte dei Mori Gallery)

2015

"Enchanting Mess: Yasuo Sumi in the 1950s" solo exhibition (Itami City Museum of Art)

"Yasuo Sumi - Full Immersion" solo exhibition (Ferrara, Mazzacurati Fine Art)

2016

"NOTHING BUT THE FUTURE" , Solo Exhibition (Genoa - Italy , ABC-ARTE Gallery)

Solo Exhibition (Hong Kong, Whitestone Gallery)

1954

Wins Sakura Prize at the 7th Ashiya Exhibition (Awarded the prize also for the following 5 years)

Collections and activities in Japan

After joining Gutai in 1955, Sumi becomes a member of Art Club, the group represented by Taro OKAMOTO. Both the groups have broken up later. He participated in all the Gutai exhibitions from the first to the 21st one. At the present as an AU member, he continues to show his own works at every exhibition of AU (exhibitions at Kyoto Museum, International Modern Art AU Exhibitions). Furthermore he has been invited to many exhibitions organized by public museums such as Tokyo City Modern Art Museum, Kyoto City Modern Art Museum, Hyogo Prefecture Museum, Osaka City Modern Art Museum, Ashiya City Museum, Chiba City Art Museum, Miyagi Prefecture Art Museum, Fukuoka City Art Museum, Kitakyushu City Art Museum, Itami City Art Museum, Shibuya Art Museum. Sumi held many exhibitions even in several galleries of Tokyo, Osaka and Itami.

Works by Yasuo Sumi

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2005

70 x 100 x 3 cm

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