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Yuki Katsura, Self-Portrait (Of My Young Age), 1985, cloth, cotton batting, 66 1/2 x 24 2/5 x 5 3/4".

Yuki Katsura

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art

Yuki Katsura, Self-Portrait (Of My Young Age), 1985, cloth, cotton batting, 66 1/2 x 24 2/5 x 5 3/4".

Yuki Katsura (1913–1991) was a female pioneer of the avant-garde whose prolific career encompassed the diverse fields of painting, collage, book design, and illustration, as well as writing essays and travelogues. This impressive range was fully on view in the comprehensive retrospective organized by Naoko Seki, the senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MOT), in collaboration with fellow MOT curator Mihoko Nishikawa and the curatorial team at the Shimonoseki City Art Museum (where the show traveled subsequently) to celebrate the centennial of the artist’s birth.

The installation at MOT, the show’s initial venue, in particular, created a space of hermeneutic pilgrimage, in which visitors could walk through five sections featuring the major phases of Katsura’s artistic career, thereby gaining insight into the motives of her stylistic transformations. The first two

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