Katsura Yuki and the Stakes of Exposure

When 7 Oct 2021
6:00PM - 7:00PM
Where Burke Center, Columbia University
826 Schermerhorn Hall, 1190 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10027
United States

This is an online event.

Virtual talk by Namiko Kunimoto, Associate Professor of Art History, The Ohio State University, for the Burke Center at Columbia University.

This presentation examines the work of Katsura Yuki (1913–1991), a Tokyo-based painter and assemblage artist. Katsura enacted political resistance by representing contentious issues such as self-sacrifice in times of war, the United States Castle Bravo nuclear test, and the status of women in Japan. This presentation will focus specifically on her paintings from the 1930s–1960s, as well as her illustrations of the James Baldwin novel, Another Country. Katsura’s body of work evaded the overdetermined masculine heroics of abstract expressionism that had taken Japan by storm in the postwar period, forging an innovative mode of expression that was whimsical and strange in its tone, but nonetheless bore a critical political thrust.

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