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Japan Society: Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s
Japan Society Gallery is pleased to present Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s. Delve into the radical experiments of artists from 1960s Japan who made groundbreaking contributions to the development of international postwar art in defiance of existing conventions. Little known in the U.S., artist Yutaka Matsuzawa and the two collectives The Play and GUN challenged established norms to expand the definition of visual art through language, performance, mail art, land art, and political art. Radicalism in the Wilderness surveys the range of their projects, at times colorful, imaginative, and playful, but also inextricably linked to complex social, political, and cultural issues of the turbulent and innovative 1960s. The exhibition also introduces the connections and resonances of their global contemporaries such as Gilbert and George, On Kawara, Yves Klein, Yoko Ono, Dennis Oppenheim, Kusama Yayoi, Lawrence Weiner and others. The exhibition is curated by New York-based independent scholar and curator Reiko Tomii, in collaboration with Yukie Kamiya, Japan Society Gallery Director, and is developed from Tomii’s award-winning book, Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan (MIT Press, 2016).
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Attached art credit：GUN
Event to Change the Image of Snow, 1970
Compilation of documentary photographs of performance art
Photos © Hanaga Mitsutoshi; photo © Iso Toshikazu, courtesy of Geijutsu Seikatsu–sha; photo by Horikawa Michio