The connection between Japanese avant-garde calligraphy and European and American abstract art is one of the most fascinating examples of the early-postwar global art exchanges. It shaped an entire generation of artists across the globe, including Georges Mathieu, Pierre Alechinsky, Franz Kline, the Bokujinkai group, and the Gutai group.
Freer and Sackler Galleries fellow Dr. Eugenia Bognanova-Kummer joins us to discuss the perception of Japanese avant-garde calligraphy, in tandem with international abstract painting in the 1950s and early ‘60s, as well as the broader context of artistic and cultural exchange between Europe, Japan, and the United States during this era.
The JICC Seasonal Art Lecture Series from Emerging Scholars featuring a quarterly ‘Scholar Spotlight’ focuses on new research into the Fine Arts of Japan from rising scholars in the field of Japanese art. This series provides the public with new ideas and research on a wide variety of disciplines and art objects from the ancient to the contemporary, and encourages audience engagement with the research topics.
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