AU / Art Unidentified

AU newsletter :  Newsletter published by AU art organization in Nishinomiya,Japan, under the direction of Shozo Shimamoto, a former member of the Gutai art movement. Gutai was one of the pre-eminent post-war avant-garde art movements in Japan, formed in the mid-1950’s, well-known for incorporating performance aspects into their artwork ( in the case of Shimamoto, hurling bottles with oil pigments at a canvas, the resulting canvas bearing the trace of the performance. Shimamoto was introduced to Mail Art by Byron Black who went to Japan to teach English and met Shimamoto and Ryosuke Cohen (see Brain Cell). Over the years, Mail Art became a growing concern of the organization, composed of artists throughout Japan. (source John Held jr.)