Sadamasa Motonaga traveled to New York from Japan in 1966. His year-long residency there greatly informed his work. A member of the renowned Gutai Art Association, a Japanese avant-garde movement, Motonaga experimented with innovative painting styles and techniques. Brightly colored spills of paint characterize his most celebrated works as seen in the 1966 Untitled painting in this exhibition. This piece, an elegant composition with swirling pools of color, represents the moment just before a significant stylistic transition for Motonaga. During his year in New York, he began to create airbrushed works characterized by light, flat, and precise forms.