This book was published on the occasion of Beyond Matter, an exhibition of sewn and painted fabric works by Tsuyoshi Maekawa at Gagosian, San Francisco. A member of the postwar Japanese avant-garde collective Gutai Art Association, Maekawa created tactile abstract surfaces with burlap and oil paint. Following the group’s dissolution, he continued sewing burlap into intricate waveforms, but instead of focusing on the performative radicality that typified Gutai, his subsequent work reveals a shift to methodical experimentation, using thinner layers of paint and refined material effects, such as impressions left in the burlap from his own fingers.
This volume presents thirteen of Maekawa’s post-Gutai works, placed in dialogue with works by Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani, Jorge Eielson, Lucio Fontana, and Piero Manzoni that bear relation to Maekawa’s material manipulation and elaborate a greater global context for his work. The publication features essays by Barbara Bertozzi Castelli and Angela H. Brown.