MORITA Shiryu 1912–1998


Morita had an influential and innovative role in the avant-garde calligraphic movement of his time. He was one of five calligraphers to form the Bokujin-Kai or “Ink Human Society” in 1952, which sought a common universal language that was centered on spontaneous gestural abstraction while remaining responsive to the history of East Asian Calligraphy. In his own works, he endeavored to reconceptualize calligraphy as a contemporary artistic medium while seeking to rise above the barriers between cultures so as to generate a new international art. During the 1960s, he embarked on an extended trip to North America and Europe presenting lectures and demonstrations.
< from press release for the exhibition 'Resounding Spirit: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s' at Carleton University Art Gallery)

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