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Fashion and Surrealism

“The influence of Surrealism on fashion and its ancillary arts lasted decades longer than the movement itself. This catalog, accompanying a 1987 exhibition at Fashion Institute of Technology, explores the extravagances of visual language as social and political comment, a revolution in perception.”–The Library Journal.

“The love affair between fashion and Surrealism began in the Paris of the 1920s when Surrealist artists plundered fashion’s imagery for their art, raising fashion beyond the level of mere style to an important expression of culture. This text reveals the extravagent and ingenious creations resulting from this collaboration. It ranges from the shocking Surrealist dresses of Schiaparelli and Dali, and photographic experiments with Surrealist techniques by Horst P. Horst, Cecil Beaton and George Hoyningen-Huene to the work of younger fashion designers, including Olivier Guillemin and Vivienne Westwood, who have all brought Surrealist imagery into clothing and accessories.”

This bountiful, visually lavish volume, published to accompany a 1987 exhibition at Fashion Institute of Technology, features the garments, paintings, sculptures, illustrations, window displays, fashion advertisements, costume designs and photography of Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Issey Miyake, Horst P. Horst, Cinzia Ruggieri, Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, Krizia, Giorgio De Chirico, Meret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, Donatella, Rene Magritte, Comme des Garcons, Enrico Donati, Elsa Schiaparelli, Salvador Dali, Marcel Rochas, Jaques Griffe, Adelle Lutz, Marina Killery, Dominique Lacoustille, Emme, Stephen Jones, Louise Bourbon, Bill Cunningham, Germaine Vittu, Eric Braagaard, Karl Lagerfeld, Candy Pratts Price, Serge Lutens, Antonio, Linda Fargo, Claude Montana, Georgina Godley, Olivier Guillemin, Yves Tanguy, Christian Lacroix, Valentine Hugo, Paul Colin, Francoise Lesage, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Cocteau, Adam Kurtzman, Herbert Bayer, Mel Odom, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Alfa Castaldi, Leo Malet, Jorge Silvetti, Gabriella Giandelli, Givenchy, Marcel Jean, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Michael Roberts, Marcel Vertés, Bert Stern, John Galliano, Danuta Riyder, Paul Delvaux, Manolo Blahnik, Dorothea Tanning, Eileen Agar, Miguel Covarubias, Cristobal Balenciaga, Andre Masson, Leonor Fini,Roman Cieslewitz, Shoji Ueda, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Bruce Weber, Robert Mapplethorpe, A. M. Cassandre, Peter Lindbergh, Claude Cahun, Jean Arp, and so many more.

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The Founding and Development of Modern Photography in Japan


Wonderful first edition of this now very scarce Japanese photography book published in 1995 by Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan on the occasion of the major photography retrospective “The Founding and Development of Modern Photography in Japan”, held between 21 January-26 March 1995.
Fine historical photographic works by 76 Japanese artists are beautifully reproduced in this handsome edition, alongside reproductions of page-spreads from important modern Japanese photography publications such, complete list of exhibited works, and texts in English and Japanese, including “Consciousness and Expression of the Modern”; “The Modern in Lyricism”; “Photographs as Modern Forms of Expression”; “In Search of a New Image of the Photographer”.

Artists included:
Isshū Nagata, Koshiro Onchi, Manshichi Sakamoto, Iwata Nakayama, Kiyoshi Koishi, Jun Watanabe, Ei-Q, Masaki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Hamaya, Shoji Ueda, Hisashi Hisano, Wataru Takahashi, Keiichiro Goto, Kansuke Yamamoto, Tsugio Tajima, Minoru Sakata, Koro Honjo, Sutezo Otono, Kametaro Kawasaki, Bizan Ueda, Nakaji Yasui, Yoshio Tarui, Toshinobu Yano, Kiyoshi Koishi, Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Ori Umesaka, Shinzo Fukuhara,Roso Fukuhara, Yasuzo Nojima, Mitsugi Arima, and many more.

Foreward:
“… With the Meiji Restoration, Japan began its march towards modernization. As part of that process, photography, which had reached Japan in the waning days of the Edo period, spread throughout society. The Taisho era saw the rise of Taisho Democracy, with its respect for the individual as a human being. Paralleling that movement, photography became a popular medium closely involved in the lives of ordinary people, thanks to technical advances that made photography simpler and more accessible. By the start of the Showa period, the modernization of Japan was an accomplished fact, and photography was no longer simply another means of expression; through modernization it acquired social qualities. Japan, however, was on the path to war, a tragedy arising from the strains of modernization, and the collapse of everything that had been built up over the previous decades became unavoidable. Photography, as an art that had developed in the process of building a modern society, underwent a metamorphosis as the times overtook art.  This exhibition takes the view that the history of modern photography is part of the history of modern Japan, and is an attempt to provide a thought-provoking retrospective of modern photography while posing the question, “What is the modern?””
January, 1993, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

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Japanese Photography in 1930s


Rare 1988 catalog of exhibition “Japanese Photography in 1930s”, Sep. 10 – Oct. 30, 1988 at the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura.

Lavishly illustrated (just under 350 colour and black and white photo reproductions) catalogue surveying the incredible and diverse modern and avant-garde photographic work to come out of Japan during the 1930s (and early 1940s), including the work ofJun Watanabe, Ei-Q, Manshichi Sakamoto, Iwata Nakayama, Kiyoshi Koishi, Masaki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Hamaya, Shoji Ueda, Hisashi Hisano, Wataru Takahashi, Keiichiro Goto, Kansuke Yamamoto, Tsugio Tajima, Minoru Sakata, Koro Honjo, Sutezo Otono, Kametaro Kawasaki, Bizan Ueda, Nakaji Yasui, Yoshio Tarui, Toshinobu Yano, Kiyoshi Koishi, Kiyoshi Nishiyama, Ori Umesaka, Roso Fukuhara, Shinzo Fukuhara, Yasuzo Nojima, Mitsugi Arima…

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Shoji Ueda

Catalogue for the 1993 exhibition at the Tokyo Station Gallery, Tokyo

Shoji Ueda is widely known for combining surrealist compositional elements with realistic depictions in his typically black and white images. The sand dunes of his native region of Tottori often provided a backdrop for his single and group portraits.
Early in his career, in the 1930s, Ueda had already absorbed many of the modernist tendencies then prevalent in photography in the West. This catalogue contains four sections–modernism, realism, attitude, and vision–with over 200 beautiful reproductions that touch on a dizzying range of photographic styles, from pictorialism to documentary to abstract/surreal, stylized fashion work. An incredible book of one of Japanese most visionary photographers.

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