Delve into the radical experiments of artists from 1960s Japan who made groundbreaking contributions to the development of international postwar art in defiance of existing conventions. Little known in the U.S., artist Yutaka Matsuzawa and the two collectives The Play and GUN challenged established norms to expand the definition of visual art through language, performance, mail art, land art, and political art. Radicalism in the Wilderness surveys the range of their projects, at times colorful, imaginative, and playful, but also inextricably linked to complex social, political, and cultural issues of the turbulent and innovative 1960s.
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Join exhibition guest curator Reiko Tomii in conversation with Michio Horikawa and Tadashi Maeyama of the artist collective GUN, whose radical environmental, protest and mail art projects during the 1960s defined the cutting edge of global contemporary art. Learn how Japanese practitioners during this turbulent and innovative era forged new paths in re-imagining the artistic landscape as a "wilderness" where experimentation and risk became the norm.
Another Story of an Olympian: Building a Japanese Art Collection
[Gallery Lecture] March 17, 11 AM
American collector Avery Brundage's gifts to the city of San Francisco led to the establishment of the Asian Art Museum, while his tenure as head of the International Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1972 positioned him to have a profound influence on U.S.-Japan relations in the postwar era. Robert Mintz, Deputy Director, Arts and Programs, Asian Art Museum San Francisco, explores how Brundage used Japanese art to facilitate the U.S.-Japan relationship and to express his deep-seated belief in the potential for art to impact the world.
For centuries, Japanese potters have transformed humble materials—clay, ash and fire—into magnificent works of art, a tradition that continues to this day with the work of some of Japan’s most innovative artists. Join clay arts expert and gallery Joan Mirviss for this hands-on seminar navigating the intricacies of Japan’s functional and sculptural ceramic arts. Master topics as diverse as the history and development of ceramics, cutting-edge contemporary design and production, and the refined arts of handling, presentation, care and storage.
Artist's Vision: Alfredo Jaar on Japanese Conceptual Art & Artists
[Gallery Talk] April 18, 6:30 PM
Alfredo Jaar is a New York-based artist, architect and filmmaker whose work has been shown extensively around the world. Jaar has participated in the Venice Biennale, São Paulo as well as Documenta in Kassel. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship (1987) and a MacArthur "genius" grant (2000), and was awarded the Hiroshima Art Prize in 2018. Jaar will speak about his work and vision in relationship to the exhibition Radicalism in the Wilderness.