IMAYŌ: JAPAN’S NEW TRADITIONISTS
shows that the past is alive and with us. Animé, manga
, and pop culture, along with Japan’s rich art and craft traditions provide a focus for this exhibition of contemporary art. Six artists utilize their innovations and technical mastery to propel those traditions toward new directions in the twenty-first century. Unique works are presented at two venues.
ISHII Tōru, KIMURA Ryōko, MITSUTA Haruo, SOMEYA Satoshi, TANADA Kōji, and YAMAMOTO Tarō
The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
October 2 – December 2, 2016
Honolulu Museum of Art
October 13, 2016 – January 8, 2017
The Shoto Museum of Art (Shōtō Bijutsukan), Tokyo
April 4 – May 21, 2017
Imayō: Japan’s New Traditionists examines the inspirational power of historical Japanese art and craft traditions in the work of six contemporary artists, all of whom utilize their expertise in the history and technical mastery of Japan’s rich pre-twentieth century art and craft traditions. Their artworks demonstrate how cultural heritage can inspire transformational and innovative thinking, with the potential to renew and reinvigorate the familiar and the conventional. The exhibition both honors and transcends the confines of “tradition,” reflecting and commenting upon Japan’s own complex relationship with the past. This approach is ironically referenced in the exhibition title word Imayō, a Japanese term of ancient origin that means “in the contemporary style.”
Curated by John Szostak, professor of Japanese art history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), the exhibition features a wide range of art media, including textiles, paintings, ceramics, lacquer wares, and both carved wood and cast-metal sculptures, as well as a number of historical works on view at two venues. Approximately fifty artworks, including larger-scale works and installations are highlighted at The Art Gallery at UHM. Imayō artworks will also be on display at the Honolulu Museum of Art, where they will be presented alongside examples of pre-twentieth century Japanese art from the museum’s collection, demonstrating their sources of inspiration. For an optimum experience, viewers are invited to visit both venues, each of which has its own special dimension and unique works.
After its presentation in Honolulu, Imayō will travel to The Shoto Museum Museum of Art (Shōtō Bijutsukan) in Tokyo. Additional venues are under consideration.
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This exhibition and related programming is sponsored and supported by the Department of Art + Art History, UHM; College of Arts + Humanities, UHM; and the Honolulu Museum of Art;
and by grants from the The Cooke Foundation; the Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities; the Japan Foundation; Center for Japanese Studies, Japan Studies Endowment, UHM; SEED Initiative for Diversity, Equity, Access and Success, UHM; Student Activity and Program Fee Board, UHM; and supported by the Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; GalleryHNL; and anonymous donors.
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Designed by Chae Ho Lee.