Minoru Hirata Hi Red Center’s Dropping Event at Ikenobo Hall, Tokyo, October 10, 1964 1964, printed 2011

Artwork details

Artist
Minoru Hirata born 1930
Title
Hi Red Center’s Dropping Event at Ikenobo Hall, Tokyo, October 10, 1964
Date 1964, printed 2011
Medium Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions Image: 335 x 222 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Acquisitions Committee 2012
Reference
P80099
Not on display

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Minoru Hirata was a photo-journalist who made important work on the American-occupied island of Okinawa. In the 1960s, he also collaborated closely with performance artists in Tokyo, including Hi Red Center, Kyushu Faction and Yoko Ono. His distinctive approach contributed significantly to the way in which the performances were seen after the events themselves were over. In Dropping Event, for example, he adopts a range of sharp perspectives from above and below, in the tradition of modernist photography.

December 2012

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