While Tatsumi Hijikata and Eikoh Hosoe reflected the countercultural mood of Japan’s postwar avant-garde, the trauma of World War II is inscribed in both artists’ aesthetics.
I made the bold decision to venture into the NY Art Book Fair presented by Printed Matter at MoMA PS1. There were throngs of people examining books, chatting about books, buying books, and having books thrust upon them.
In East Asia, sprawling, dynamic, constantly changing Tokyo has a long history as a seductive subject and muse for innovative camera artists, but that tradition and the remarkable, often unexpected images it has produced are still not so widely known in the West outside a relatively small but growing community of collectors, curators and photography buffs.
Aljira: A Center for Contemporary Art, has a delightful summer show, titled “Interstice & Emphasis: Artists from the Aljira Collection.” The exhibition, now on view till September 24, features artwork acquired over the institution’s 27-year tenure. The work on view is neither groundbreaking nor provocative, but it is appealing and downright charming at some moments, with the overall tenor of the show being low-key. As the song goes, it’s summertime and the living is easy.