This exhibition “ACTION POP” features Shinohara’s new body of works that he calls “Blow by Blow – New Action Painting”. It combines the artist’s famous action painting, drawing and his love of 3D Pop.

Shinohara, born in Koji-machi Tokyo in 1932, was one of the radical artists of Japan’s post-war era. He co-founded theNeo Dadaism Organizers Group, one of the most avant-garde collectives in the late 1950’ and 1960’s. In 1960, in front of journalists, including Nobel Prize Laureate- Oe Kenzaburo, Shinohara sporting a Mohawk and stripped to the waist, cut his white t-shirt, wrapped his hands to form makeshift boxing gloves, dipped them in paint and went on to hit the paper on the studio walls. Shinohara invented performative boxing painting. Shinohara says he was in pursuit of “pure action” an ephemeral art form that was a critical departure from Abstract Expressionism. The curator Reiko Tomii writes“…this distinguished Shinohara from other artists like Jackson Pollock, George Mathieu and Gutai’s Shiraga Kazuo, who also used action to create paintings.”

In 1963-64, Shinohara, created a new genre of Pop Art- “Imitation Pop” which was inspired by images of art works by Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and other pop artists seen in Japanese art magazines. Shinohara was the forerunner to the anime artists Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara.

A Rockefeller Foundation grant brought Shinohara to New York City in 1969. In New York, he and his wife Noriko, a distinguished painter in her own right, have lived a bohemian life dedicated to making art. Currently a documentary film is being producing on this dynamic couple titled “The Boxer and Cutie”.  http://www.ecfa.com/site/main.php Photo and review courtesy of NY ART BEAT.  http://www.nyartbeat.com/event/2011/F183

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