IMAYŌ: JAPAN’S NEW TRADITIONISTS is on view at
The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
October 2 – December 2, 2016
Honolulu Museum of Art
October 13, 2016 – January 8, 2017
The curator and project director of Imayō: Japan’s New Traditionists is John Szostak, professor of Japanese art history at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Szostak’s primary area of research is Japanese neo-traditional painting of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and also harbors an interest in Japan’s contemporary art. He has published essays on a wide range of subjects and themes including modern Japanese painting, propaganda prints, Japanese aesthetics, Korean painting during the Japanese colonial period, and modernist Buddhist art. In 2013 he published Painting Circles: Tsuchida Bakusen and Nihonga Collectives in Early 20th Century Japan, a book on the Kyoto-based painting collective, the Kokuga Society, and its leader Tsuchida Bakusen (1887–1936). He is currently working on a book entitled Tradition Redux: Art Historical Re-Visions in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Art.
A full-color catalogue for Imayō: Japan’s New Traditionists will feature an essay, artists’ profiles, and entries for approximately thirty artworks selected from the exhibition, all authored by curator John Szostak.
Photo by Jonel Jugueta