“Japan Is America” Exhibition

Fergus McCaffrey (514 W 26th St.)

poster for “Japan Is America” Exhibition

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Japan Is America is a visual exploration of the complex post-war relationship between Japan and America, and a demonstration of the extraordinary aesthetic innovations that occurred in both countries as they emerged from the cultural periphery to drive avant-garde art forward, from the early 1950s onward.

The exhibition begins with Tatsuo Ikeda’s Kinukosuri portrait of an American soldier’s girlfriend from 1952 and ends with Ed Ruscha’s Japan Is America from 1985. Through seventy works by thirty artists, the presentation traces the profound, interrelated, and multi-faceted development of advanced art in both nations that emerged through comparative and competitive innovation.

Artists in the show include: Yuji Agematsu, Ruth Asawa, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Joe Goode, Marcia Hafif, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Tatsuo Ikeda, Shigeo Ishii, Ishiuchi Miyako, Jasper Johns, Alison Knowles, Nobuaki Kojima, Tomio Miki, Sadamasa Motonaga, Hiroshi Nakamura, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Senga Nengudi, Yoko Ono, Ken Price, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Ushio Shinohara, Fujiko Shiraga, Kazuo Shiraga, Jiro Takamatsu, Anne Truitt, and Toshio Yoshida.


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