Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s
GUN, Events to Change the Image of Snow (detail), 1970. Documentary photograph of performance art. Photo © Hanaga Mitsutoshi.

Radicalism in the Wilderness: Japanese Artists in the Global 1960s

March 8—June 9, 2019

Delve into the radical experiments of artists from 1960s Japan who made groundbreaking contributions to the development of international postwar art in defiance of existing conventions. Little known in the U.S., artist Yutaka Matsuzawa and the two collectives The Play and GUN challenged established norms to expand the definition of visual art through language, performance, mail art, land art, and political art. Radicalism in the Wilderness surveys the range of their projects, at times colorful, imaginative, and playful, but also inextricably linked to complex social, political, and cultural issues of the turbulent and innovative 1960s.

This exhibition is part of our Japan in the Global 1960s series.

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Radicalism in the Wilderness

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Guest Curator Reiko Tomii’s award-winning book Radicalism in the Wilderness (2016) is available for purchase at the Welcome Desk or at shop.japansociety.org for $25. A limited number of copies signed by the author and members of GUN, which include a set of GUN postcards, are available at $30 while supplies last.