“Zones of Love”

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia

Curator Judy Annear’s survey of contemporary Japanese art, “Zones of Love,” is hybrid territory. The nine artists and two collaborative groups (Dumb Type and Complesso Plastico) exhibiting their works here are self-consciously “world” artists. Since the ’70s, contemporary Japanese life has been constructed by the West as the ultimate experience of modernization. This implies that the post-Modern Japanese artist is influenced by the artificial, the fake, and an ambivalent reverence for the idea of art. “Zones of Love” shared this revisionist character, unlike earlier surveys, which simply reified the myth of Japanese access to an unmediated experience of nature.

“Zones of Love” assumed our prior recognition of its appropriated sources, which were—with the exception of Toshikatsu Endo’s shaman’s boat, Allegory III—Wooden Boat, 1988—second- or third-degree art. Yasumasa Morimura’s Daughters

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