A relatively late member of the Gutai movement, Sadaharu Horio has kept up with their avant-garde spirit. His practice involves turning all actions—from the moment he wakes up until he goes to sleep—into ‘art’. Horio calls these actions ‘ordinary things’ - yet even ordinary things, when continued every day, become no longer ordinary. As Atsuo Yamamoto, the curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Shiga, Japan, notes, ‘The idea of creating so many drawings is connected to the issue of life and time. All his works are done under the one theme: to make “invisible” visible. He always tries to grasp air (emptiness) or time, so essential for human beings and yet hard to recognise.’


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Sadaharu Horio was born in 1939, Kobe, Japan and currently lives and works in Kobe. He became a member of the Gutai Art Association in 1966, a period in which the spirit of the early Gutai was almost gone. But Horio is perhaps the only one who continued their experimental spirit. Horio presents hundreds of exhibitions and performances in a year and they are backed by a great number of drawings and acts of colouring objects, which he undertakes everyday. Recent solo and group exhibitions have taken place at Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Antwerp (2011); Palazzo Fortuny, Venice (2011, 2009); Yokohama Triennale (2005), among many others.

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Untitled, 1989
Lot Number 37
Water paint on paper, relined on canvas
63 x 46 cm (24.8 x 18.11 in)
Courtesy of Axel Vervoordt Gallery

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  • Dimensions
    63 x 46 cm (24.8 x 18.11 in)