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Tokyo Tremors: Four New Waves of Japanese Contemporary Art

A Talk and Discussion with Adrian Favell, UCLA at Royal/T in Culver City

Wednesday, June 11, 2008
7:00 PM
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Royal/T, the new playful collision of spaces– café/shop/art space– and Los Angeles’ first Japanese inspired maid café presents its inaugural public programming event, a lecture and discussion with Adrian Favell titled, Tokyo Tremors: Four New Waves in Japanese Contemporary Art.

The global success of Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara has opened up a new visibility for Japanese contemporary art. As “otaku” impresarios, they have brilliantly channeled the groundswell of creative talent in Japan that emerged out of the economic collapse of the early 1990s, as young people have searched for alternatives to corporate lifestyles and traditional family roles. While some of this new generation have followed the influences of the “superflat” fusion of high art and pop culture and its provocative methods, others are charting quite different paths, drawing on popular girls culture, avant garde movements, and the opening of Japan to transformative pan-Asian and global currents.

Favell will present a guide to four new waves of Japanese contemporary art, which bring contrasting perspectives on Japanese culture and society. Along the way, he will present and discuss the work of Mika Kato, Erina Matsui, Toshiyuki Konishi, Mika Ninagawa, Mikiko Hara, Miwa Yanagi, Pyuupiru, Tatzu Nishi, Chiharu Shiota, Tabaimo, Kei Takemura, and Kohei Nawa, among others. Selected works by Mika Ninagawa from the recent UCLA exhibition and event, Sweet & Bitter: Contemporary “Girl Photography” From Japan will also be on show.


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