Modern Japanese Art and the Meiji State - The Politics of Beauty . Sato

Getty Publications -
Publication date:
07 Jul 2011
Getty Publications
376 pages: 275 x 200 x 38mm

This is an insightful and intelligent re-thinking of Japanese art history & its Western influences. This broad-ranging and profoundly influential analysis describes how Western art institutions and vocabulary were transplanted to Japan in the late nineteenth century. In the 1870-80s, artists and government administrators in Japan encountered the Western 'system of the arts' for the first time. Under pressure to exhibit and sell its artistic products abroad, Japan's new Meiji government came face-to-face with the need to create European-style art schools and museums - and even to establish Japanese words for art, painting, artist, and sculpture. "Modern Japanese Art" is a full re-conceptualization of the field of Japanese art history, exposing the politics through which the words, categories, and values that structure our understanding of the field came to be while revealing the historicity of Western and non-Western art history.

Doshin Sato is professor of Japanese art history at the Tokyo University of the Arts. The original Japanese edition of this book, published in 1999, was the winner of the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities.