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Rising Sun, Melting Moon: Contemporary Art in Japan

December 16, 2005-June 10, 2006
Location: Nathan Cummings Building for Modern and Contemporary Art
Curator: Talia Amar
A major exhibition including new site-specific works and featuring prominent Japanese artists of different generations. These artists address both universal and specifically Japanese issues, in ways that are at times intimate, at times replete with a social criticism that employs – often with bittersweet humor – cultural icons, childhood heroes, manga, and animé. Quoting traditional Japanese masterpieces and popular Western and Japanese culture, and representing a wide variety of media – sculpture, painting, photography, animation, video, and installation – many of the works break down the barriers between genres. Traditional Japanese prints will also be presented alongside to spark an internal dialogue between old and new. Among the eighteen artists are Yoshitomo Nara, Nobuyoshi Araki, Yasumasa Morimura, Yoshihiro Suda, Tabaimo, and Chiho Oshima.