Japanese pop art in Tate Modern, London
On 17 September 2015 the exhibition The World Goes Pop was opened at the Tate Modern in London and Shinohara Ushio’s Doll Festival (1966) was chosen for the front cover of the exhibition catalogue.
Tomii describes the emergence of Pop in Japan and that “ ‘Pop in Japan’ has long been an elusive category, frequently subsumed into other practices, especially the dominant vanguard movement of Anti-Art (Han geijutsu)” (p. 95). She discusses amongst other the work of Shinohara Ushio (1932). He is well known for his pop versions of oiran, Japan’s high class courtesan’s of old times, which were frequently depicted in Japanese prints (Ukiyo-e). According to Tomii Ukiyo-e can be seen as a form of proto-Pop. Another important series of works by Shinohara is Imitation Art. In this series Shinohara copied the installation Coca Cola plan (1958) by Robert Rauschenberg and through such works Shinohara wanted to question the matter of originality in art.
The second part of The World Goes Pop catalogue consists of an interview section of interviews held with pop artists in 2014-2015. Shinohara, Tadanori Yokoo (1936), Tanaami Keiichi (1936) and Matsumoto Toshio (1932) were among the Japanese artists who were interviewed.
For more information on the exhibition, visit the Tate website. Until 24 January 2016.