"An Overflow of Images: The Works of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction After Anti-Art in Japan" Exhibition
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The Showa 40s (1965-1974) saw the birth of the so-called "information society." Various visual images became available to people, especially through printed media. This exhibition presents about 600 posters, books, illustrations, paintings and prints by eight artists.
Twenty years after the WWII, the Japanese government laid out the Income Doubling Plan, which successfully brought a rapid economic growth in Japan. The Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and the Osaka Expo in 1970 are often considered to be symbols of Japan's rapid economic development. This was also the time many protests against the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty occurred. However, after the oil crisis in 1973, such political upheavals became less visible, and the economy struggled. This is the social background of the works on display at this exhibition.
During this time, avant-garde art began to receive attention, and the anti-art movement that denied preexisting notion of painting and sculpture also emerged and resulted in stoic expressions with limited use of colors and representation. On the other hand, printed media gave birth to a wide range of expressions. Experimentation with colors and images was performed within art subcultures such as graphic art and manga. Due to the technological development of printed media, as well as the establishment of the printing industry, new trends were born and new talents emerged. The eight artists featured in this exhibition flourished in this particular time period and produced visual images that reflected the time.
[Image: Tadanori Yokoo "A La Maison De Civeçawa" (1965) Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka]