Toshio Yoshida

June 16, 2017

Gutai’s spectacular rise—and potential fall

The Art Newspaper by Matthew Wilcox

Crucial in Gutai’s sudden boom, in McCaffrey’s view, was the fact that the group had essentially been ignored in the US since the 1950s. “Look at the market for Italian post-war work, or back to the late 1980s, when the German Neo-Expressionists started to make an impact in the US. There are these discrepancies in information and knowledge that pop up.” Read More
May 5, 2017

Toshio Yoshida

Wall Street International

Toshio Yoshida (1928-1997) adopted the mantra of Jiro Yoshihara—“Do what has never been done before”—to explore the intersection of painting and performance, and was one of the great original thinkers and innovators of Gutai alongside Kazuo Shiraga, Sadamasa Motonaga, Atsuko Tanaka, Shozo Shimamoto, and Saburo Murakami. The exhibition at McCaffrey begins with a selection of Burn Paintings from 1954, which Yoshida created through searing and scaring plywood panels with a soldering iron, or with red hot coals. Read More
May 5, 2017

Toshio Yoshida Emerges from Gutai’s Grasp

Hyperallergic by Edward M. Gómez

Even for viewers familiar with the diversity of art forms cooked up by the Gutai artists and the attitudes that informed them, much of what is on display in this Yoshida show may come as a surprise. Read More
April 19, 2017

Press Release: Toshio Yoshida at Fergus McCaffrey, New York

March 31, 2017

Hong Kong Art Basel 2017 finally finds its Asian identity amid the high flyers

The Sydney Morning Herald by John McDonald

Fergus McCaffrey of New York joined the party with work by the late Toshio Yoshida (1928-97), a Japanese abstract artist of the Gutai group – a movement now attracting worldwide attention. Read More
March 9, 2017

Art Basel Hong Kong 2017: Toshio Yoshida, Press Release

March 9, 2017

Fergus McCaffrey at Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, Booth 3D09

It is an honor for Fergus McCaffrey to be working with the Yoshida family and the great Gutai scholar Koichi Kawasaki to rectify Toshio Yoshida's glaring lapse in art history. The gallery's solo presentation of Toshio Yoshida at Art Basel Hong Kong provides the opportunity for the widest possible audience in Asia to encounter four decades of Yoshida's breathtaking innovations.
October 13, 2017

FIAC 2017: Top galleries in “Avenue Winston Churchill, On Site”


FIAC 2017, the International Art Fair exhibiting the best Contemporary Art galleries of the world, awaits its grand opening on October 19 in Paris. This year FIAC will have two sub-sections, Avenue Winston Churchill and Petit Palais, showcasing outdoor works featuring seminal works by the most prominent galleries all over the world. These two sub-sections fall in FIAC’s new sub division of “On Site” that was introduced last year. Read More
September 5, 2017

Marcia Hafif: Upcoming Museum Shows in Switzerland

Opening at Kunsthaus Baselland: Thursday 14th September, 6:30 PM

The MARCIA HAFIF exhibition is created in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen (MARCIA HAFIF: September 16-January 14, 2018) and the Kunsthaus Baselland in Muttenz (MARCIA HAFIF: September 15–November 12, 2017).
Hafif (b.1929, USA, living in New York and Laguna Beach) is among the pioneers of the 1970s who fundamentally broadened con­ceptions of the practice of painting and under­standing of art per se. Since the 1980s, terms like ‘radical’ have been used to describe Hafif’s work with monochrome painting. The pencil on paper drawings, vertical pencil marks cover­ ing a surface, begun in 1972, led to the ver­tical stroke in paint. Her work in both mediums still continues, fitting within what she calls The Inventory. Each series included in The Inventory develops a single medium using tra­ditional methods and materials for making paint and preparing a ground. Individual works in a series can be larger or smaller, and usually are made with vertical brush­strokes, with which the effects of unmixed colours on a suit­able painting ground are sounded out. Works from the series that may be her most radical will be exhibited at the Kunsthaus Baselland: the Black Paintings (1979/80) in which she found black by layering ultramarine blue and burnt umber. There will also be photographs and films on display.
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