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Dada in Japan 1920 – 1970

This first edition hard-cover book (in fine pulped, recycled paper dust jacket) documents the Dada movement in Japan from 1920s to 1970s through a collection of photos, artists’ statements and recollections, published in Japan in 1988 (following on from a publication ‘Dada in Japan: Japanische Avantgarde, 1920-1970: Eine Fotodokumentation’ from a large exhibition held at Kunstmuseum Duesseldorf in Germany in 1983). It covers the rarely seen photographic documentation of the avant-garde movements of Mavo, Gutai and more, featuring imagery and ephemera from installations, happenings, theatre performances, rallies, and protests including the work of artists Genpei Akasegawa, Atsuko Tanaka, Kazuo Shiraga, Nakanishi Natsuyuki, Shozo Shimamoto, Tomoyoshi Murayama, Yoshimura Masanobu, Tetsumi Kudo, and many others.

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Dada in Japan 1920 – 1970

This book documents the Dada movement in Japan from 1920s to 1970s through a collection of photos, artists’ statements and recollections. It is a revised 2005 edition of a book first published in Japan in 1988 (following on from a publication ‘Dada in Japan: Japanische Avantgarde, 1920-1970: Eine Fotodokumentation’ from a large exhibition held at Kunstmuseum Duesseldorf in Germany in 1983). It covers the rarely seen photographic documentation of the avant-garde movements of Mavo, Gutai and more, featuring imagery and ephemera from installations, happenings, theatre performances, rallies, and protests including the work of artists Genpei Akasegawa, Atsuko Tanaka, Kazuo Shiraga, Nakanishi Natsuyuki, Shozo Shimamoto, Tomoyoshi Murayama, Yoshimura Masanobu, Tetsumi Kudo, and many others.

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Materiality
edited by Petra Lange-Berndt

 

Materiality has reappeared as a highly contested topic in recent art. Modernist criticism tended to privilege form over matter—considering material as the essentialized basis of medium specificity—and technically based approaches in art history reinforced connoisseurship through the science of artistic materials. But in order to engage critically with the meaning, for example, of hair in David Hammons’s installations, milk in the work of Dieter Roth, or latex in the sculptures of Eva Hesse, we need a very different set of methodological tools.
This anthology focuses on the moments when materials become willful actors and agents within artistic processes, entangling their audience in a web of connections. It investigates the role of materiality in art that attempts to expand notions of time, space, process, or participation. And it looks at the ways in which materials obstruct, disrupt, or interfere with social norms, emerging as impure formations and messy, unstable substances. It reexamines the notion of “dematerialization”; addresses materialist critiques of artistic production; surveys relationships between matter and bodies, from the hierarchies of gender to the abject and phobic; explores the vitality of substances; and addresses the concepts of intermateriality and transmateriality emerging in the hybrid zones of digital experimentation.

Artists surveyed include
Georges Adéagbo, Carl Andre, Janine Antoni, Amy Balkin, Artur Barrio, Helen Chadwick, Mel Chin, Mark Dion, Jimmie Durham, Tessa Farmer, Chohreh Feyzdjou, Romuald Hazoumè, Pierre Huyghe, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Anthony McCall, Teresa Margolles, Robert Morris, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Tino Sehgal, Shozo Shimamoto, Santiago Sierra, Robert Smithson, Simon Starling, Paul Thek, Paul Vanouse, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Kara Walker

Writers include
Joseph D. Amato, Karen Barad, Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grosz, Georges Didi-Huberman, Natasha Eaton, Jens Hauser, Dieter Hoffmann-Axthelm, Tim Ingold, Wolfgang Kemp, Julia Kristeva, Esther Leslie, Jean-François Lyotard, Dietmar Rübel, Monika Wagner, Gillian Whiteley

About the Editor
Petra Lange-Berndt is Chair of Modern and Contemporary art in the Art History Department at the University of Hamburg and a leading researcher in the field of material studies in art history. She is coeditor, with Dietmar Rübel, of Sigmar Polke: We Petty Bourgeois! Contemporaries and Comrades, the 1970s.

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GUTAI:
The Spirit of an Era


The 2012 exhibition catalog from the National Art Center, Tokyo, documenting the first Tokyo retrospective of Gutai works covering all it’s periods. In his essay, “Gutai: A Utopia of the Modern Spirit,” editor Shoichi discusses the reasons for the movements four decade omission from Tokyo artistic investigation. The author argues that while Tokyo dismissed Gutai, it was equally misunderstood in the West. Underlying all of these misgivings was Yoshihara’s desire for the emergence of a new spirit after war torn Japan. “It seems that Yoshihara truly believed that pursuing new horizons in art was connected to the liberation of the spirit and would help people live a better life in turbulent times as well as contributing to the development of the human race as a whole…If Yoshihara believed that art would force Japan, after its military defeat, to become a modern nation of the sort that it was destined to be before the war, and a country that could engage in discourse on equal terms with the West based on a shared set of values, one might also say that Gutai offered him a practical means of achieving the goal of a ‘Utopia of the modern spirit’ that was thoroughly characteristic of someone who had been steeped in the liberalism of the ‘20s…” Other essays include Yukako Yamada’s, “Approaching the Finale: The Osaka Expo,” which traces the evolution of Gutai’s parting gesture, and “From Ashiya to Amsterdam: Gutai’s Exhibition Spaces,” by Naoki Yoneda, which discusses various Gutai exhibitions both at home and abroad, but focuses on the architectural space of the Gutai Pinachotheca. The main text breaks the movement into early, middle and later periods, with extensive photo documentation of each. English translations are provided at the conclusion of the work, as is a “Gutai Chronology,” and “Biographical Sketches of the Artists,” as well as a complete listing of works in the exhibition.

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