Shozo Shimamoto


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Shozo Shimamoto (b. 1928) is a Japanese mail artist and pioneering performance artist known to use his shaved head in a variety of ways. He is a founding member of the Japanese artists’ group Gutai, a group of artists working in post-war Japan, who focused on materials in a way that blurred the distinction between creative and destructive action (the Tate Collection, ). Shimamoto is also a professor at Kyoto Educational University and mayor of Ryujin Village, Wakayama prefecture.


Editor of Gutai. Nishinomiya-shi : Gutai Bijutsu Kyo¯kai, 1955-1965 - Periodical

Jibun mo shiranai jibun no e. Nishinomiya-shi : Ichibankan, 1980.

A.[Japan : s.n.], c1981 (Osaka : Japan Art Press Center)


Shozo Shimamoto’s Gutai & A.U. Nishinomiya-shi : Ichibankan, 1983.

AU = Art unidentified. Koshienguchi, Nishinomiya City : S. Shimamoto, c1988. – Exhibition Catalog

Shozo Shimamoto networking. Koshienguchi : S. Shimamoto, 1990.

Shozo Shimamoto : 1993.5.2-5.27. Osaka, Japan : Art Gallery La Fenice, [1993] – Exhibition Catalog

Sources for obtaining more information about the artist:

Perneczky, Geza. Network Atlas: World and Publications by the People of the First Network. Soft Geometry, Cologne. (updated April 2003). Vol. 2, pp. 85-86.

“Talking Sexyhead Interview to Shozo Shimamoto” Diatxt. vol. 5 1970. Accessed May 21st, 2005.

“Creative Curating 2000”. Accessed May 21st, 2005.


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