The images in Art Since 1940 which most captured my attention were not made by Americans. They showed things that had not become part of the American pop culture lexicon. These images were created by three Japanese performance artists: Kazuo Shigara, Saburo Murakami, and Yayoi Kusama.
Kazuo Shigara (1924-2008) was a post-war Japanese painter and performance artist who painted with his feet, and sometimes wrestled with concrete, plaster, and mud. Here's the image of Shigara that caught my eye. It's called "Challenging Mud."
|Photo from the first Gutai exhibition in 1955 at Ohara-Kaikan, Tokyo.|
|"Passing Through (21 panels of 42 papers)"|
To me, these images still look fresh and interesting and, frankly, new. I like them because they are both serious and funny, which is the kind of art I tend to respond to.