We Were Always Here: Japanese-American Post-War Pioneers of Art
“The artists featured in the show forever altered and enriched the artistic landscape in the United States through their work. It is especially fitting to present this exhibition in San Francisco, a city graced with a history of substantial cultural contributions made by Japanese Americans,” said James Carona, founder of Heather James Fine Art.
Exhibition highlights include Seashore of Rotterdam, 1988, a dot-motif painting by Yayoi Kusama; Untitled, c. 1950s, an intricate wire sculpture harnessing the power of the line while simultaneously expressing its transparency by Ruth Asawa; Miracle of the Door, 1964, a conceptual diagrammatic canvas by architect and artist Arakawa; and 31 Flavors Invading Japan, 1982, an Ukiyo-e inspired woodcut with hand watercolor on paper infused with humorous references to American pop culture by Masami Teraoka.
The exhibition also includes works by Nakatomi Hajime, Tadasky (Tadasuke) Kuwayama, Ueno Masao, George Miyasaki, Sadamasa Motonaga, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, Kikuo Saito, Kay Sekimachi, Kumi Sugai, Honda Syoryu, Masako Takahashi, Nakamura Tomonori, and Teruko Yokoi, among others.
While some Japanese and Japanese-American artists advanced divergently from the same influences, others converged onto similar paths. By putting these artists in dialogue with each other, the exhibition seeks to explore a richer history of Post-War art through new contexts.