The author, the owner of a Bar Metamorphose which sought to emulate Cabaret Voltaire in Nishinomiya, Japan, reminisces about the time he spent with a frequent guest, the Guati artist Saburo Murakami, well known for his “breakthrough” works. The episodic adventures of the artist are told to reveal his singular personality. The work is full of little gems like this one: “One day, I asked Murakami, ‘People talk about Dada and Gutai and Abstract Expressionism, but aren’t they just offshoots of Surrealism?’ He turned his plump face up and, glaring at me, said, ‘No, no, no! You’re totally wrong. Gutai is Gutai, and Surrealism is Surrealism.’” There is also a section of remarks by various people given at Murakami’s Memorial Exhibiton at the bar on January 5, 2006. A “Murakami Saburo Chronology” is also included, accompanied by photographs of the artist’s life and works.
- GUTAI: Two And A Half Drops Of Bitters Extraordinary Tales Of Murakami Saburo
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