Shozo Shimamoto


Shozo Shimamoto, ‘Holes’ 1954
Holes 1954
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Shōzō Shimamoto (嶋本 昭三, Shimamoto Shōzō, January 22, 1928 – January 25, 2013) was a Japanese artist. He graduated from the School of Humanities, Kwansei Gakuin University in 1950. In 1954, he also became a founding member (along with Jirō Yoshihara and fifteen others) of the Gutai Art Association formed in August of that year. Prior to this, Shimamoto had been a student of Yoshihara’s since he was nineteen, beginning in 1947. As a Gutai group artist he experimented with interactive art, film, sound art and inventive methods of painting that anticipated the phenomenon of performance art. After Gutai, he became known for his mail art activities with the group AU and the continuation of his painting performances which he staged around the world. He died of acute heart failure in Nishinomiya City, Hyōgo prefecture.

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