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Japan

Flowers For Wounds

yuri mitsuda

LEIKO IKEMURA, Alpenindianer, 1989, acrylic on canvas, 127 x 88.5 cm. Photograph Yoshitaka Uchida, courtesy Satani Gallery.

The artists I am introducing in this essay have been chosen not because they share conceptual or stylistic tendencies, but because they are all women who began to exhibit professionally in the 1980s. For forty years after the war it was impossible not only for a woman but also for a man to make a living as a contemporary artist in Japan. Women were regarded as earnest hobbyists or…

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