Kazuo Shiraga untitled work will lead Japanese art sale

An untitled work by Kazuo Shiraga will star in an auction of post-war Japanese art at Phillips.

The 1962 piece is expected to make $2m-3m.

Shiraga Phillips Japan
Shiraga was a founding member of the avant garde Gutai group

Shiraga was a founding member of the avant garde Gutai group, which emphasised the role of the body in the creation of art.

He often painted with his feet, suspending himself from the ceiling in his studio, or manipulated vast piles of mud into sculpture.

Other lots include Lee Ufan's From the Line, which is expected to make $400,000-600,000.

Ufan is a Korean-born artist whose distinctive minimalist work has been hugely influential in the development of Japanese art in the 20th century.

Work from other artists, including Jiro Yoshihara and Takeo Yamaguchi, will also feature.

Alison Bradley of Phillips comments: "All coming from Japan, these masterworks have been assembled to celebrate the essence of what is unique and internationally engaging about the avant-garde art from this era.

"Selected to bring forward artists and their significant works seminal to this period, the grouping as a whole features artwork at an institutional level and of historical importance."

The sale will take place in New York on November 10.

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