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Radicalism in the Wilderness By Reiko Tomii (Independent Scholar)

Radicalism in the Wilderness
by Reiko Tomii (Independent Scholar)

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Innovative artists in 1960s Japan who made art in the "wilderness"-away from Tokyo, outside traditional norms, and with little institutional support-with global resonances.
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Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan by Reiko Tomii (Independent Scholar)

Innovative artists in 1960s Japan who made art in the "wilderness"-away from Tokyo, outside traditional norms, and with little institutional support-with global resonances. 1960s Japan was one of the world's major frontiers of vanguard art. As Japanese artists developed diverse practices parallel to, and sometimes antecedent to, their Western counterparts, they found themselves in a new reality of "international contemporaneity" (kokusaiteki dojisei). In this book Reiko Tomii examines three key figures in Japanese art of the 1960s who made radical and inventive art in the "wilderness"-away from Tokyo, outside traditional norms, and with little institutional support. These practitioners are the conceptualist Matsuzawa Yutaka, known for the principle of "vanishing of matter" and the practice of "meditative visualization" (kannen); The Play, a collective of "Happeners"; and the local collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata). The innovative work of these artists included a visionary exhibition in Central Japan of "formless emissions" organized by Matsuzwa; the launching of a huge fiberglass egg-"an image of liberation"-from the southernmost tip of Japan's main island by The Play; and gorgeous color field abstractions painted by GUN on accumulating snow on the riverbeds of the Shinano River. Pioneers in conceptualism, performance art, land art, mail art, and political art, these artists delved into the local and achieved global relevance. Making "connections" and finding "resonances" between these three practitioners and artists elsewhere, Tomii links their local practices to the global narrative and illuminates the fundamentally "similar yet dissimilar" characteristics of their work. In her reading, Japan becomes a paradigmatic site of world art history, on the periphery but asserting its place through hard-won international contemporaneity.

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Radicalism in the Wilderness Reviews


Radicalism in the Wilderness is impeccably researched and clearly written and organized, offering a wealth of new insight and analysis of modernist art history of Japan in the 1960s and 1970s. By foregrounding the local and presumed periphery, the book builds 'the global from the bottom up,' thereby expanding and challenging the understanding of global modernisms. -Dedalus Foundation
Radicalism in the Wilderness draws a clearly organized, meticulously researched picture of a very important strain of postwar Japanese art. -Art in America
At once a remarkable demonstration of art-historical erudition and an almost bardic exercise in lyrical tale-telling, this timely analysis... presents a novel take on the idea of the wild. -Art Monthly
[O]ffers illuminating assessments of several Japanese artists of the 1960s, whom many readers in the US and Europe will probably encounter in its pages for the first time. -Hyperallergic

About Reiko Tomii (Independent Scholar)


Reiko Tomii is a New York-based scholar and curator who investigates post-1945 Japanese art in local and global contexts.

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Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan by Reiko Tomii (Independent Scholar)
Reiko Tomii (Independent Scholar)
The MIT Press
Used - Very Good
Hardback
MIT Press Ltd
2016-04-22
320
0262034123
9780262034128
Winner of <PrizeName>Winner, 2017 Robert Motherwell Book Award, sponsored by the Dedalus Foundation, which recognizes outstanding publications in the history and criticism of mondernism in the arts.</PrizeName> 2017
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