Japanese Art after 1945

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The exhibition, 'Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, ' is an interpretive survey of the last fifty years of Japanese avant-garde art. It is a great pleasure for The Japan Foundation to be co-organizer of the American tour, which travels to the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens.
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New York 1994 Hardcover 1st Book fine, Dust jacket fine. 445 illustrations, including more than 200 plates in color. Bound in publisher's original black cloth with the front ... cover stamped in blind and the spine stamped in red. Read more Show Less

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Overview

The exhibition, 'Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky, ' is an interpretive survey of the last fifty years of Japanese avant-garde art. It is a great pleasure for The Japan Foundation to be co-organizer of the American tour, which travels to the Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in association with the Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena Gardens.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Postwar Japanese avant-garde art, as shown in this exciting and eye-opening survey, has sought to transcend the categories of European and American modernism by tapping autonomous, nativist and spiritual sources to articulate a ``logic of the East'' within a global context. Japan's Gutai group, founded in the aftermath of WWII, pondered the meaning of creation and destruction, of nature and nothingness. The Yomiuri Independent movement (1957-63) conceived of art as a nonelite activity, part found object, part event. The Fluxus circle, based in New York and Japan, fuses experimental music, performance, mixed media, Zen and minimalism. Avant-garde calligraphers create free-form works that resemble neo-Expressionist painting, while artists of the Mono-ha group use natural materials to arrange impermanent sites. Complementing the 445 illustrations (half in color) of paintings, sculpture, performance, video and installation art are accessible essays by art historian Munroe, literary critic Karatani Kojin, video artist Nam June Paik and others. This kinetic album catalogues a touring exhibit. (Dec.)
Library Journal
The catalog of a current U.S. exhibition of postwar, avant-garde Japanese art (at the Guggenheim in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Art), this volume is a significant publication about a tradition that has received scant attention in this country until now. Beginning with the Gutai movement, the exhibition chronicles art in every medium from paintings and prints to video, performance art, and installations. Substantive essays by curator Munroe (Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective, Center for International Contemporary Arts, 1989), video artist Nam June Paik, and others provide historical background and address the critical question of the relationship of this art to both traditional Japanese and contemporary Western aesthetics. Plentiful, good-quality illustrations appear throughout this volume, which will appeal to scholars and specialists as well as to informed lay readers. An important acquisition for academic and large public libraries with contemporary art collections.-Kathryn W. Finkelstein, Univ. of Cincinnati
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810935129
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/30/1994
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Forewords 9
Acknowledgments 11
Notes to the Reader 15
Pt. I Introduction
Ch. 1 Scream Against the Sky 19
Essay: As Witness to Postwar Japanese Art 27
Ch. 2 Japan As Museum: Okakura Tenshin and Ernest Fenollosa 33
Ch. 3 Artistic Subjectivity in the Taisho and Early Showa Avant-Garde 41
Ch. 4 Japanese Thematics in Postwar American Art: From Soi-Disant Zen to the Assertion of Asian-American Identity 55
Ch. 5 Some Issues of Circumstance: Focusing on the 1990s 69
Pt. II Japanese Art After 1945
Essay: To Catch Up or Not to Catch Up with the West: Hijikata and Hi Red Center 77
Ch. 6 To Challenge the Mid-Summer Sun: The Gutai Group 83
Ch. 7 Circle: Modernism and Tradition 125
Ch. 8 Morphology of Revenge: The Yomiuri Independant Artists and Social Protest Tendencies in the 1960s 149
Ch. 9 Revolt of the Flesh: Ankoku Butoh and Obsessional Art 189
Ch. 10 A Box of Smile: Tokyo Fluxus, Conceptual Art, and the School of Metaphysics 215
Ch. 11 The Laws of Situation: Mono-ha and Beyond the Sculptural Paradigm 257
Ch. 12 X: Experimental Film and Video 285
Ch. 13 Infinity Nets: Aspects of Contemporary Japanese Painting 307
Ch. 14 Hinomaru Illumination: Japanese Art of the 1990s 339
Pt. III Critical Anthology
Ch. 15 Readings in Japanese Art After 1945 369
Glossary 393
Bibliography 399
Index 412
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