Japan America Society of Southern California
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Ongoing Art Exhibits

Ongoing Art Exhibits sponsored by other organizations and supported by the Japan America Society.
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Upcoming events

    • Friday, April 25, 2014
    • Sunday, April 19, 2015
    • USC Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena, CA)

    Kawase Hasui, Botandai at Heijo, Korea, Japan, 1939, woodblock print on paper, Gift of Mr. George W. Housner, 1991.88.5

    Friday, April 25, 2014 through Sunday, April 19, 2015
    Open Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm

    USC Pacific Asia Museum
    The Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art

    46 North Los Robles Avenue
    Pasadena, CA91101
    Telephone: (626) 449-2742

    The last quarter of the 19th century brought profound changes in Japan as it transformed from a feudal society into a modern nation. Japanese artists went through equally fundamental changes as new theories were introduced from the other side of the world through books, magazines and increased travel by both Japanese and Westerners.

    In the field of woodblock prints, the traditional ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world) of the Edo and Meiji periods fell by the wayside, in favor of reinvigorated forms of printmaking as a means of artistic expression. Known as sosaku hanga (creative prints), artists in this group attempted to bridge "fine art," a newly introduced Western concept, and "craft." Breaking away from the so-called ukiyo-e quartet system involving artists, carvers, printers and publishers, the artists in this movement designed, cut and printed their own images. Artists in the sosaku hanga movement found great inspiration from magazines that introduced the theories and styles of movements such as Impressionism, Art Nouveau and Avant-garde. On the other side of the spectrum, the shin hanga (new prints) movement endeavored to revitalize traditional ukiyo-e by maintaining the quartet system.

    Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962), the driving force behind shin hanga, published prints by the artists he represented utilizing traditionally trained carvers and printers. Guided by this influential advocate, shin hanga artists embraced the past yet modernized their images to appeal to the Western audience and compete against the more Western-oriented sosaku hanga.

    Closely tracking with the significant developments in Japanese political and social spheres of the early 20th century, the exhibition presents examples of shin hanga and sosaku hanga side-by-side in order to bring their shared aspects into focus for visitors, as well as their distinguishing characteristics. Major artists of the shin and sosaku hanga movements, including Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, Ito Shinsui, Kiyoshi Saito and Munakata Shiko, are included in two complete six-month rotations.

    $10 General
    $7 Students & Seniors
    Free Children 11 and under

    For more information, visit USC Pacific Asia Museum's website.
    • Saturday, July 05, 2014
    • Sunday, October 12, 2014
    • LACMA (Los Angeles, CA)

    "Momoyogusa" (A World of Things), Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942), 1909/1910, Set of (three) woodblock printed albums; ink and colors on paper, 11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. each. Purchased with East Asian Art Council Fund. Collection of the LACMA

    On View

    Saturday, July 5 to Sunday, October 12, 2014
    Closed Wednesdays

    Pavilion for Japanese Art, Levels 3

    5905 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA, 90036

    Zuan, a form of elaborately printed Japanese design book, reflect an evolution in textile design that influenced the art of kimono in the 20th century.

    For example, the exhibition includes zuan design books produced in Kyoto that display startling color combinations, large-scale patterns, and edgy abstracts that pushed kimono fabric designers to new considerations that influenced both formal and informal kimono.

    Zuan were also referenced by decorative artists for media whose designs were more graphic in nature, such as fans, lacquer wares, ceramics with overglaze enamels, or cloisonné.

    The exhibition includes more than 50 books and prints dating from the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Admission to LACMA
    General Admission $15
    Seniors & Students $10

    For more details, visit LACMA's website
    • Saturday, July 05, 2014
    • Sunday, October 19, 2014
    • LACMA (Los Angeles, CA)

    On View
    Saturday, July 5 to Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Closed Wednesdays

    Pavilion for Japanese Art

    5905 Wilshire Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA, 90036

    A blend of the traditional and the modern characterized life and dress during Japan's Meiji (1868-1912), Taishō (1912-1926) and Shōwa (1926-1989) periods.

    During the early 20th century, a majority of Japanese women continued to wear traditional kimono.

    But, as demonstrated in the exhibition, the kimono evolved to reflect the introduction of vibrant synthetic colors, new modes of textile production, and bold abstract and figurative design motifs, often inspired by Western art movements and important current events, such as space exploration.

    Kimono for a Modern Age features more than thirty captivating examples from LACMA's permanent collection exhibited for the first time.

    Admission to LACMA
    General Admission $15
    Seniors & Students $10

    For more details, visit LACMA's website
    • Saturday, July 12, 2014
    • Wednesday, July 30, 2014
    • Giant Robot (Sawtelle, CA)

    Exhibit: Saturday, July 12-30, 2014

    Opening Reception with the Artist:
    Saturday, July 12, 2014 6:30-10:00 PM

    Giant Robot 2 (GR2)
    2062 Sawtelle Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90025

    Edwin Ushiro’s work contains a sense of nostalgia even for a person who didn’t grow up in Maui. The subjects of his works will range from beautiful, warm and comfortable. One piece will include a not-so-obvious homage to Super Sentai (like Power Rangers). Kids will be jumping off a car as if they’re embarking on a battle against a kaiju. A piece about a bridge built by Okinawan craftspersons encapsulates ideas of change as it has been a subject of demolition to widen a road for more traffic. Another piece features sparklers which scares off bad spirits.

    While we travail through our daily activities, Ushiro’s calming nature comes through in his work and you’ll be enchanted by its ethereal look. His pieces have a look that’s all its own. It spans from drawings taken to digital manipulation, and then back to hand painting for finishing — it’s a laborious process that’s all his own. Ushiro creates his work using the computer, paint and plexiglass - putting lots of detail and lots of color in all his art. His paintings reveal a youthful feeling, depicting stories from his upbringing in Maui, Hawaii from all different stages in his life.

    In collaboration with Ashton Kutcher’s Thrash Lab, Giant Robot’s Eric Nakamura profiled illustrative and narrative artist Ushiro in its Artists Series. Watch and hear why he creates his pieces and how the innocent nature of the young in his works are a part of his righting simple wrongs. Ushiro has been featured in over 10 exhibitions with Giant Robot, including Giant Robot Biennale and Oakland Museum of California’s SuperAwesome. A published monograph of his artwork, entitled Gathering Whispers, will be released in 2014 by Zero+ Publishing.

    About Edwin Ushiro
    Edwin Ushiro’s work resonates with the echoes of his boyhood in the “slow town” of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his paintings, he recalls the sun-struck days of youth, when the world was fresh and magical, but also explores the eerie folklore indigenous to dark country roads and the boundless depths of the childhood imagination. While structuring his work around the narrative tradition of “talk story” native to the Hawaiian islands, he interweaves the uncanny obake tales of his Japanese heritage. Working in a unique mixed media technique which involves laboring in ink and acrylic over sheets of Lucite printed with assemblages of his more traditional drawings and paintings, he creates reflections on the past that are luminous and nostalgic, like cherished memories burnished by the passage of time.

    After earning a BFA with Honors in Illustration from Art Center College of Design, he worked in the entertainment industry as a storyboard artist, concept designer and visual consultant. Ushiro has participated in over 10 Giant Robot shows. More recently, he has exhibited in venues worldwide, including Villa Bottini in Italy, the Museum of Kyoto, the Portsmouth Museum of Art and "Supernatural" with Audrey Kawasaki at the Japanese American National Museum. On August 13, Ushiro will present new artwork in the HI Society exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art. A published monograph of his artwork, entitled Gathering Whispers, will be released in 2014 by Zero+ Publishing. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

    About Giant Robot

    Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994. Over the past 20 years, the Giant Robot brand has expanded to include retail stores and galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York, a restaurant, museum and gallery exhibitions, and a popular website. Considered by many as influential in Asian Popular Culture and in pop culture circles in general, it has become an important outlet for a generation of emerging artists, several of whom have achieved mainstream success.

    For more information about Edwin Ushiro contact:

    Eric Nakamura at
    eric@giantrobot.com or 310-445-9276 or visit Giant Robot website

Past events

Friday, June 27, 2014 Exhibition: Japanese Design Today 100
Friday, March 07, 2014 Art Exhibit: Enduring Connection Beyond Time, Space, and Culture
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 Hiroshi Sugimoto: Past Tense
Saturday, February 01, 2014 Exhibit: The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection
Saturday, January 25, 2014 Exhibit: Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi
Friday, April 19, 2013 New Contemporary Exhibition: Takashi Tomo-oka
Saturday, April 13, 2013 Japanese Prints: Hokusai at LACMA
Friday, April 05, 2013 Focus on the Subject: The Art of the Harari Collection
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 Japan’s Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto
Monday, January 28, 2013 Tanka After the Tsunami
Saturday, January 19, 2013 LACMA Installation: Cranes by Maruyama Okyo
Sunday, January 06, 2013 Idealization of Realty
Friday, November 23, 2012 Eiichiro Porcelain Arts Exhibition 2012
Saturday, November 03, 2012 Exhibit: SHADOWS: For the Sake of the Children
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Genji's World in Japanese Woodblock Prints
Friday, August 10, 2012 Art Exhibition/Reception: The Los Angeles Nagoya Sakura Children's Art Exhibition
Saturday, August 04, 2012 Exhibition: Ohie Toshio and the Perfection of the Japanese Book
Sunday, June 03, 2012 Art Exhibition/Reception: Back to Earth by Kaoru Kaplan and Kazumi Onoue
Friday, May 04, 2012 Masterpieces of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Friday, April 20, 2012 Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting
Friday, April 20, 2012 SAKURA Manga Poster Traveling Exhibit
Thursday, April 12, 2012 Japanese Paintings: Paths to Enlightenment
Saturday, April 07, 2012 LACMA Photo Exhibition: Fracture: Daido Moriyama
Friday, March 30, 2012 Kimono in the 20th Century
Saturday, March 10, 2012 FOLDING PAPER: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami
Sunday, March 04, 2012 MOVING FORWARD: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake
Sunday, November 13, 2011 100 Years: The Imagination of Robert Crowder, Vralati and Shoji Kuroda
Saturday, June 18, 2011 Masterpieces from the Price Collection
Saturday, April 16, 2011 Itō Jakuchū Exhibition: A Man with No Age
Monday, March 21, 2011 Art Exhibition "Meiji: Japan Rediscovered"
Thursday, January 27, 2011 Felice Beato: A Photographer on the Eastern Road
Saturday, January 01, 2011 DREAMS & DIVERSIONS: 250 Years of Japanese Woodblock Prints
Saturday, January 01, 2011 Art Exhibition: "Japan in Blue and White"
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