Yasuo Sumi


ink on paper
10 5/8 x 14 7/8 inches

Yasuo Sumi joined the Gutai Art Association in 1955, a year after it was formed, and remained a member until it dissolved in 1972. He became known for painting with everyday objects, such as combs, vibrating motors, and abacuses. In this work on paper from 1976, frenetic parallel lines and scratches form a dynamic composition of red and black ink. True to the spirit of Gutai, Sumi achieves an innovative, energetic visual language through a free experimentation with process and tools. Sumi’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions worldwide, including Gutai: Splendid Playground at the Guggenheim in 2013.