Gutai Tote Bag by Takasaki Motonao
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Created by artist Takasaki Motonao, this tote was specially designed to accompany the Guggenheim's exhibition, Gutai: Splendid Playground. It is reminiscent of the artist's style as expressed in his series, Apparatus, which includes black painted wood panels and white canvas squares.
• Nylon and leather
• Interior pockets with zipper
• Zippered closure
• Produced in Japan
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ABOUT THE ARTIST
Takasaki Motonao studied mathematics and architecture in the Technological Department at Waseda University, Tokyo, later graduating from the Department of Sculpture, Tokyo National University of the Arts, in 1949. He began exhibiting works with the Modern Art Association in 1951, where he met Shimamoto Shozo, becoming a Gutai member in 1957. He also nurtured homegrown avant-gardism through the local artist collective Zen'ei Tosa-ha. Hakasaki's knowledge of mathematics and the newly emergent field of computer science led him to pursue systematic production and the aesthetics of new technology. Aiming to make a grid painting without painting, he was inspired in 1966 to create his best-known series, Apparatus, featuring cutout white canvas neatly arranged against black-painted panels. The works strike a delicate balance between the steady grid designs and the warped pieces of canvas that appear as though they are about to peel off.