After the explosive, devastating end of World War II, Japan was in a troubled, downtrodden place. The country's instability and need for reconstruction was dramatically translated through works put out by its postwar artists. Here, the Getty Research Institute has devoted a show to 54 expressions of this uncertainty and desire to strike out anew, produced by Japanese artists from 1950 to 1970. Along with avant-garde experimentation, major themes in these works include self-reflection and its mirror-opposite, foreign influence – which remained fertile artistic terrain even under the shadow of the occupying conquerors. Also budding in these years were new forms of multimedia expression. The many, strikingly different approaches to be seen point to just how pregnant a time this was for Japanese art, on the cusp of recovery and set to shake things up again in its own way.


Getty Research Institute
The Getty Center
Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentation in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan, 1950-1970
March 6 through June 3, 2007
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Los Angeles, CA 90049
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