Driving past Newark Art Museum yesterday, I noticed sign promoting one of their current exhibits From Meiji to Modern, Japanese Art Goes Global, 19th to 21st Centuries...
"During the Meiji Restoration Period (1868-1912) the Japanese government re-oriented its economy from farming and fishing to one increasingly based on industrialization and international trade—mirroring national transformations created by Gilded Age Americans and Victorian Brits. The arts of Japan catapulted to the world stage through international expositions in Europe and the United States heralding the first truly global artistic age. This exhibition celebrates Japanese artistic preservation, re-invention and transformation from an elaborate Edo aesthetic to Victorian excess, through sleek Art Nouveau and structured Art Deco to modern minimalism and the complexities of contemporary art and craft."
"This exhibition features a unique work entitled Central Park, New York City by artist Motoi Oi. Explore the fine details of this work through the virtual scroll."
Japan in my 'backyard' for Tokyo Thursdays # 261
(* Illustration: Dragon and Crystal Ball, Signed: Koreyoshi, Late 19th century, Silver and rock crystal
H: 7” W: 10” D: 6.75”, Bequest of Joseph S. Isidor, 1941, 41.236a,b...courtesy of Newark Museum)