Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde

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9780870708343: Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde

Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde explores the extraordinary convergence of artists and other creators in Japan’s capital city during the radically transformative postwar period. Examining works from a range of media--painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printmaking, video and film, as well as graphic design, architecture, musical composition and dance--this is the first publication in English to focus in depth on the full scope of postwar art in Japan. During this period, Tokyo was a vibrant hub that attracted such critical artistic figures as Taro Okamoto, Hiroshi Nakamura, Ay-O, Yoko Ono, Mieko Shiomi and Tetsumi Kudo; photographers Daido Moriyama, Eikoh Hosoe and Shomei Tomatsu; illustrators and graphic designers Tadanori Yokoo, Kohei Sugiura and Kiyoshi Awazu; and architects Arata Isozaki and Kisho Kurokawa; as well as many important artists’ collectives. Curator Doryun Chong’s essay investigates Tokyo’s sociopolitical context and the massive urban changes that set the stage for the city to emerge as a vital node in the international avant-garde network. Essays by scholars Hayashi Michio and Miryam Sas and curator Mika Yoshitake discuss critical concepts in art and culture at this time, including “graphism,” which manifested itself across various mediums; the development of new sculptural languages; and the “intermedia” tendency that engendered provocative cross-pollination among artistic genres. Masatoshi Nakajima provides an illustrated chronology and Yuri Mitsuda supplies artist biographies. Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde brings fresh insight to this dynamic metropolis during a time of remarkable artistic burgeoning.

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Six contributors detail the artistic ferment, encompassing numerous radical groups as well as individual artists using every conceivable medium, that was fostered by the social transformation of midcentury Japan. (Jesty Justin Art in America)

The energy of this important era in Japan's modern history truly comes through in this work.... Highly recommended (D.K. Haworth Choice)

The devastation wrought by War II on Japan gave rise to generation of artists almost World a wholly constituted by a new, increasingly urbanized order. During this “heady, chaotic, and altogether exhilarating span,” writes Chong, artists began utilizing public space; collaborating in collectives, such as Jikken Kobo and the Gutai group; and activating the body in performance-based works. Still, says Chong, “Their work was also a salvaging operation in search of the legacy of prewar avant-gardes, both Western and Japanese.” With essays and biographical sketches of all the major players, including Kojima Nobuaki (1), Yoko Ono, Daido Moriyama, and Eikoh Hosoe, the book provides context and depth for the Museum of Modern Art’s exhibition, on view through February 10. (Editors Art + Auction)

"Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde," opening November 18 at New York's Museum of Modern Art (through Februrary 25, 2013) looks back at the multidisciplinary art that emerged during the city's tumultuous postwar era. A new artistic language was fomenting in the cultural chaos: from the work of Yoko Ono to the gritty photography of Moriyama Daido to the radical advances made by its architects, designers, and filmmakers. "In less than 20 years, Japan went from complete devastation to having the world's second largest economy," says Doryun Chong, the exhibition's organizer. "That's a jarring experience. It was very confusing - but also exhilerating for artists." There was no establishment - few galleries and no art market to speak of - so artistis pollinated across disciplines and threw themselves into the fray, at times literally. (Fan Zhong W Magazine)

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