ushio shinohara

True/False
12:41 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

'Cutie and the Boxer' tells an unconventional story about love, but not a love story

Noriko Shinohara (l.) looks in the camera as her husband Ushio stretches. From Zachary Heinzerling’s CUTIE AND THE BOXER, a documentary about the 40-year marriage of artists Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.
Erik Jonsson

This story is part of True/False Conversations, a series of in-depth interviews with the filmmakers of this year’s True/False Festival.  Find the rest of them here or download the podcast on iTunes.

Ushio Shinohara was a “rowdy, confrontational" young artist, seemed destined for fame after moving to New York City in the late 1960’s. He hung out with Warhol. He’d been part of Japan’s post-war avant-garde movement, most well-known as the “boxing painter,” for his exhibitionist art where he would dip his cloth-bound hands in ink, and punch his way down a canvas. But his full potential was never realized.

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