Japan Is America

  • Photograph 1 from Japan Is America exhibition.
  • Photograph 2 from Japan Is America exhibition.
  • Photograph 3 from Japan Is America exhibition.
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  • Photograph 6 from Japan Is America exhibition.
  • Photograph 7 from Japan Is America exhibition.
  • Photograph 8 from Japan Is America exhibition.
  • Photograph 9 from Japan Is America exhibition.
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  • Photograph 12 from Japan Is America exhibition.

Fergus McCaffrey is pleased to present Japan Is America, an exhibition exploring the complex artistic networks that informed avant-garde art in Japan and America between 1952 and 1985. Starting with the well-documented emergence of “American-Style Painting” that ran parallel to the Americanization of Japan in the 1950s, Japan Is America endeavors to illustrate the path and conditions from Japanese surrender in 1945 to that country's putative cultural take-over of the United States some forty years later.

Artists in the show include: Yuji Agematsu, Ruth Asawa, James Lee Byars, John Cage, Joe Goode, Sam Francis, Marcia Hafif, Noriyuki Haraguchi, Tatsuo Ikeda, Shigeo Ishii, Ishiuchi Miyako, Jasper Johns, Alison Knowles, Nobuaki Kojima, Tomio Miki, Sadamasa Motonaga, Hiroshi Nakamura, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Senga Nengudi, Yoko Ono, Ken Price, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Ushio Shinohara, Fujiko Shiraga, Kazuo Shiraga, Jiro Takamatsu, Anne Truitt, and Toshio Yoshida.

Please note: Group tours are by appointment only and cannot exceed 15 persons. To arrange a group tour, please contact: info@fergusmccaffrey.com.

Selected Works

  • Tatsuo Ikeda
    Portrait (Kinukosuri), 1952
    Oil on silk
    9 34 × 7 58 inches (24.8 × 19.4 cm).
    © Tatsuo Ikeda
  • Jasper Johns
    Souvenir, 1964
    Encaustic and collage on canvas with objects
    28 34 × 21 inches (73 × 53.3 cm).
    © 2019 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
  • Jasper Johns
    High School Days, 1964
    Sculp-metal on plaster and shoelace with mirror
    4 38 × 12 18 × 4 12 inches (11.1 × 30.8 × 11.4 cm).
    © 2019 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
  • Telescope and Cine-film, April 1966/2019
    Oil on canvas
    44 18 × 64 inches (112 × 162.5 cm).
    © Hiroshi Nakamura
  • Natsuyuki Nakanishi
    Compact Object, 1962-68
    Mixed media sculpture
    10 × 6 34 × 6 34 inches (25.5 × 17 × 17 cm).
    © Estate of Natsuyuki Nakanishi
  • Estate of Fujiko Shiraga
    Untitled, c. 1955
    Japanese paper
    42 12 × 30 12 inches (108 × 77.5 cm).
    © Estate of Fujiko Shiraga
  • Estate of Kazuo Shiraga
    Chiyosei Mochakuten, 1960
    Oil on canvas
    51 12 × 76 34 inches (131 × 194 cm).
    © Estate of Kazuo Shiraga
  • Untitled, 1980s
    Mixed media
    67 34 × 30 1116 × 18 1116 inches (172 × 78 × 47.5 cm).
    © Nobuaki Kojima