Los Angeles

Tanaka Atsuko, Electric Dress, 1957, gelatin silver print.

Tanaka Atsuko, Electric Dress, 1957, gelatin silver print.

Los Angeles

“Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art: Experimentations in the Public Sphere in Postwar Japan”

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
March 6–June 3, 2007

Curated by Rika Iezumi Hiro and Charles Merewether

The years immediately following World War II were a threshold moment in twentieth-century Western culture, but the dramatic effects of postwar conditions on art were hardly confined to Europe and the United States. With the destruction of multiple national institutions in the catastrophic violence that consumed Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and much of Tokyo, Japanese artists and the collectives they formed—Group Ongaku, Gutaï, and High Red Center, among many—found space for radical gestures within both the disorder immediately following the war and the extraordinary period of renewal that succeeded it. Curated by Rika Iezumi Hiro and Charles Merewether, “Art, Anti-Art, Non-Art” features fifty-six works—from photographs to music recordings to performance documentation—produced during that fertile period.