So long, Shigeko Kubota

Shigeko Kubota, Vagina Painting, 1965
Shigeko Kubota, Vagina Painting, 1965

Japanese-born video artist and Fluxus member Shigeko Kubota has died in New York aged 77.¬† She is perhaps best known for the photographs associated with her 1965 performance Vagina Painting at the Perpetual Fluxus Festival in New York, in which she marked a scroll of paper with washes of red paint from a brush strapped between her legs – a powerful response to the heroic posturing¬†of the male-dominated abstract expressionist movement.¬† Surprisingly, this was Kubota’s first and only performance work, and her subsequent practice was centred around video, sculpture and installation.¬† Read Art Asia Pacific’s obituary here.

So long, Shigeko Kubota