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One of Japan's Most Influential Postwar Photographers Shares Work and Life in a Rare New York City Appearance

A Night of Provocation with Eikoh Hosoe

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 6:30 pm at Japan Society

New York, NY – Eikoh Hosoe, one of the most renowned photographers to come out of Japan in the tumultuous period following WWII, is known for his dark, metaphorical and provocative images. First emerging as a member of the avant-garde, he produced Barakei (Ordeal by Roses), featuring author and right-wing activist Yukio Mishima in a series of dark, erotic poses, and later published Kamaitachi, showing butoh dance founder Tatsumi Hijikata in a series of supernatural images across the Japanese countryside.

In A Night of Provocation with Eikoh Hosoe,Hosoe makes a rare New York City appearance and speaks about his long and distinguished career. He presents highlights of his body of work from 1960-2009, and discusses his collaborations with other leading artists during the dynamic and uncertain postwar period. Presided by Japan Society Gallery Director Miwako Tezuka, the discussion takes place Wednesday, October 10, at Japan Society, and is followed by a reception.

Eikoh Hosoe was born in Yonezawa in northern Honshu in 1933. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography in 1954 and won the top honors in the Fuji Photo Contest that year. His work includes Otoko to Onna – Man and Woman (1961), Barakei – Ordeal by Roses (1961), Kamaitachi (1969), Embrace (1969) The Cosmos of Gaudi (1984), Luna Rossa (2000), Why Mother Why (2004), Butterfly Dreams (2006) and Deadly Ashes (2007). He is the honorary Professor of Photography at the Tokyo Institute of Polytechnics and has been honored with many awards including from the Royal Photographic Society and the Lucie Visionary Award. Hosoe has been exhibited around the world, most recently at Australia’s Art Gallery NSW (video brief). Following his appearance at Japan Society, he heads to Mexico to open the latest exhibition of his work.

Dr. Miwako Tezuka is an internationally recognized curator and expert in modern and contemporary Japanese art. Tezuka received her PhD from the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University in 2005 with the dissertation titled Jikken Kōbō (Experimental Workshop): Avant-Garde Experiments in Japanese Art of the 1950s.  In 2003, to connect scholars and art professionals who share the interest in contemporary Japanese art, Tezuka cofounded the global online network PoNJA-GenKon (Post-1945 Japanese Art Discussion Group/Gendai Bijutsu Kondankai). Prior to her appointment at Japan Society, Tezuka was Associate Curator at Asia Society in New York. In 2006, she co-curated Projected Realities: Video Art from East Asia, the first exhibition at Asia Society that thoroughly focused on video art. From 2007 she oversaw “In Focus,” a series of solo exhibitions, through which she realized the first solo museum exhibitions in New York of such important artists as Yuken Teruya from Okinawa, Suda Yoshihiro from Tokyo, and U-Ram Choe from Seoul. She curated Asia Society’s widely popular 2010 exhibition Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool. Other notable curatorial contributions include Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (2009) and Mariko Mori: Kumano (2010). She was appointed as Director of Japan Society Gallery in July 2012.

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A Night of Provocation with Eikoh Hosoe takes place Wednesday, October 10 at 6:30 pm.Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 and 7 subway at Grand Central or the E and V subway at Lexington Avenue). Tickets are $16/$12 Japan Society members, seniors and students. Tickets may be purchased in person at Japan Society, by calling the box office at 212-715-1258, or at www.japansociety.org. For more information, call 212-832-1155 or visit the website.

Lecture Programs at Japan Society are generously supported by Toyota Motor North America, Inc. Japan Airlines is the exclusive Japanese Airlines sponsor of Lecture Programs at Japan Society. United Airlines is the exclusive U.S. Airlines sponsor of Lecture Programs at Japan Society. Additional support is provided by Chris A. Wachenheim and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

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Shannon Jowett, 212-715-1205, sjowett@japansociety.org

Kuniko Shiobara, 212-715-1249, kshiobara@japansociety.org

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