Tuesday, October 16, 2012

MORE GENPEI AKASEGAWA ART FROM 1971

Hot on the heels of the return post about Concernted Theatre Japan's special manga issue, I'm posting more images of work by Genpei Akasegawa from 1971.

These images come from the pages of 「黒い手帖 ブラックユーモア」 ("kuro no techo burakku yuumoa" - Black Memo/Black Humor), from May 1971. Doing a little digging, I found an interesting post (in Japanese) about the publication on the Komiyama Shoten bookstore blog.  Thanks for the scans go to the fantastic Will of the great 50 WATTS blog.




You can find more about Akasegawa's work and his "Hyperart" movement/experiment with found objects in this Amazon listing for his Hyperart: Thomasson book.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

i don't remember seeing a post like that one on 50watts, can you give me the link? or did it only give you the scans?

Ryan Sands said...

@anonymous: It's not a post-- Will is a friend of mine and sent the scans direct over email :)

zytroop said...

How Asegawa became famous is also ientresting. He was a part of the Fluxus movement and formed the art group Hi-Red Center. They rose to infamy in the mid 60's when they were charged for forgery after featuring fake 1,000-yen bills in a few shows, starting with Akasegawa's solo show at Shinjuku-Daiichi Gallery. Julian Cope also talks a little bit about Akasegawa in his book Japrocksampler.

Doomroar said...

hmmm i wonder if those fake 1,000-yen bills would worth something today...

zytroop said...

@Doomroar: they would definitely be woth more than 1000 yen by now

voidmare said...

Just went to an exhibit with a bunch of his stuff yesterday.

Welcome back!

zytroop said...

@voidmare: Where?????????

Ryan Sands said...

Ah, that's right! I remember hearing his name before TCJ but I couldn't remember where... the Cope book!

I need to take a look at the book I linked, seems rad.

PS: Voidmare and Zytroop: You guys are both living in/near Tokyo and would get along like a house on fire. I will send an email

voidmare said...

@zytroop: The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama (埼玉県立近代美術館)in Kita-Urawa

@Ryan: By all means!