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“The Age of Anxiety”

The Power Plant

Flying fiberglass space-age animal robots, a pink parakeet the size of an elephant, wandering ants that make art, a “fake” money-exchange bureau: all these were found in “The Age of Anxiety,” an exhibition of recent work by young Japanese artists. Curated by Louise Dompierre, the show indicated that these artists are in some sense like other cosmopolitan artists, whether from East or West: they are endeavoring to articulate a language that is as responsive to “indigenous” cultural experiences as it is to the experience of “outside” cultures, even when it is difficult to distinguish between the two.—a transformative process reflected, it seems, elsewhere in Japanese society, from its particular version of technocratic capitalism to its absorption of American pop-cultural forms. If contemporary Japanese artists can be said to suffer from any sort of “anxiety” (as the exhibition title implies),

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