The Easel

Minoru Onoda, Circle Master from Japan’s Gutai Group

Wartime Japan had an isolated, totalitarian culture. New freedoms emerged after the war and were used by the avant-garde Gutai group to ‘do what has never been done before’. Their work is now recognised as thoroughly original, at “the cutting edge of world culture.” And Onoda, for one, dreamed big: he wanted his “dizzying oceans of colored dots” to cover “wall and ceiling, but [also] the road and the car”.