Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Radicalism in the Wilderness by Reiko Tomii

Innovative artists in 1960s Japan who made art in the "wilderness"-away from Tokyo, outside traditional norms, and with little institutional support-with global resonances.

1960s Japan was one of the world's major frontiers of vanguard art. As Japanese artists developed diverse practices parallel to, and sometimes antecedent to, their Western counterparts, they found themselves in a new reality of "international contemporaneity" (kokusaiteki dojisei). In this book Reiko Tomii examines three key figures in Japanese art of the 1960s who made radical and inventive art in the "wilderness"-away from Tokyo, outside traditional norms, and with little institutional support.

These practitioners are the conceptualist Matsuzawa Yutaka, known for the principle of "vanishing of matter" and the practice of "meditative visualization" (kannen); The Play, a collective of "Happeners"; and the local collective GUN (Group Ultra Niigata). The innovative work of these artists included a visionary exhibition in Central Japan of "formless emissions" organized by Matsuzwa; the launching of a huge fiberglass egg-"an image of liberation"-from the southernmost tip of Japan's main island by The Play; and gorgeous color field abstractions painted by GUN on accumulating snow on the riverbeds of the Shinano River. Pioneers in conceptualism, performance art, land art, mail art, and political art, these artists delved into the local and achieved global relevance.

Making "connections" and finding "resonances" between these three practitioners and artists elsewhere, Tomii links their local practices to the global narrative and illuminates the fundamentally "similar yet dissimilar" characteristics of their work. In her reading, Japan becomes a paradigmatic site of world art history, on the periphery but asserting its place through hard-won international contemporaneity.

Buy Radicalism in the Wilderness by Reiko Tomii from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780262535311
ISBN-10: 0262535319
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 178mm x 16mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 6-Mar-2018
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Radicalism in the Wilderness by Reiko Tomii

Book Reviews - Radicalism in the Wilderness by Reiko Tomii

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Radicalism in the Wilderness book by Reiko Tomii and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


A Preview for this title is currently not available.

Books By Reiko Tomii

Xu Bing by Reiko Tomii
Paperback / softback, September 2011
$72.42 $77.04
Radicalism in the Wilderness by Reiko Tomii
Hardback, April 2016
The World Goes Pop by Reiko Tomii
Hardback, November 2015
$103.45 $110.05
Making a Home by Reiko Tomii
Hardback, November 2007
$91.18 $97.00