The contemporary art in Japan (1970-2005) . . en français
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The contemporary art in Japan is naturally influenced by the world contemporary art. But the power of the Japanese traditions, the oppressive presence of a dense urban environment and the various traumatism undergone by Japan for 60 years (defeat of 1945, Hiroshima, earthquakes, economic crisis, etc.) involve a production very rich, original and little known.

Some examples, paintings, sculptures, photographs, classified very arbitrarily by broad topics: All the artists

- A modern vision of the traditional arts of Japan

- A rather classic geometrical abstraction

- Land-Art, Minimal-Art

- A popular art influenced by mangas and vidéos

- The obsessional presence of the city and the technique

- The big fears of Japan

- The difficult search for an identity


At first, "kawaii" means "cute".I

The culture in Japan of taking delight in cuteness has dimensions that go far beyond infantilism or immaturity.
When people call character goods 'kawaii,' they are not just admiring the products, but they are also releasing a 'signal' through which they are trying to connect with others.
Kawaii is a magic word, which can lighten up the air.

This "cute" tendency is marked by the pink colour, which prolongs the universe of the dolls, the candies and the flowers.
But the ambiguity is constant and the border is very thin with the prosperous industry of the sex which uses the same colours and the same fantasies

Takashi Murakami (born 1962 Tokyo)

The artwork of Takashi Murakami draws from the language of popular and traditional Japanese culture to comment on their relationship to contemporary life.
Virtual Gallery of Murakami


The story of " DOB "

Minako Nishiyama ( b 1965, Hyogo)

She is a striking representative of the tendency " kawaii " of the Japanese popular art from 1990.

Nice Little Girl's Wonderful Dressing-up Room

Aya Takano (綾 タカノ)

Aya Takano is born 1976 in Saitama.
Cette tout jeune artiste est diplomée en 2000 du Departement of Fine Art, Tama Art University.
Elle commence à exposer dès 1997 à Tokyo et connait très tôt le succès dans ses expositions à Tokyo, Kanazawa, Los Angeles, Nagoya, MinneaPolis, Seattle.


Naoko Yurikusa (尚子 百合草)

Naoko Yurikusa is born in Nagoya, 1975.

Sako Kojima (サコ 児嶋)

Sako Kojima is born 1976 in Kyoto.
She is graduate from Kyoto City College of Arts in 1999.
Short time exchanges student London Royal College of Arts communication class. In 2001, completion of Kyoto City College of Arts master course of painting class.
Since2002, Sako has been using a variety of medium including sculpture, performance, photography and drawing to explore the face of modern society. At present Sako is interested in the psychology of sexual distraction and cure but after time the work resonates with a sense of irony pain and sadness of individual human experience.

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