The Saburo Hasegawa Reader

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Univ of California Press, May 21, 2019 - Art - 206 pages
At publication date, a free ebook version of this title will be available through Luminos, University of California Press's Open Access publishing program. Visitáwww.luminosoa.orgáto learn more.

The Hasegawa Reader is an open access companion to the bilingual catalogue copublished with The Noguchi Museum to accompany an international touring exhibition, Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan. The exhibition features the work of two artists who were friends and contemporaries: Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa. This volume is intended to give scholars and general readers access to a wealth of archival material and writings by and about Saburo Hasegawa. While Noguchi’s reputation as a preeminent American sculptor of the twentieth century only grows stronger, Saburo Hasegawa is less well known, despite being considered the most literate artist in Japan during his lifetime (1906–1957). Hasegawa is credited with introducing abstraction in Japan in the mid 1930s, and he worked as an artist in diverse media including oil and ink painting, photography, and printmaking. He was also a theorist and widely published essayist, curator, teacher, and multilingual conversationalist.
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This valuable trove of Hasegawa material includes the entire manuscript for a 1957 Hasegawa memorial volume, with its beautiful essays by philosopher Alan Watts, Oakland Museum Director Paul Mills, and Japan Times art writer Elise Grilli, as well as various unpublished writings by Hasegawa. The ebook edition will also include a dozen essays by Hasegawa from the postwar period, and one prewar essay, professionally translated for this publication to give a sense of Hasegawa’s voice. This resource will be an invaluable tool for scholars and students interested in midcentury East Asian and American art and tracing the emergence of contemporary issues of hybridity, transnationalism, and notions of a “global Asia."
 

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Contents

Master of the Controlled Accident
12
Notes on Painting unpublished essay
27
My House reprinted essay
29
Remembrances of Former Students
33
Remembrances of Former California College of Arts and Crafts Students Billy Al Bengston and Mel Strawn
35
Selected Letters to Isamu Noguchi
39
Selected Letters from Hasegawa to Isamu Noguchi 19501951
41
Selected Essays by Saburo Hasegawa
51
translated by Gaku Kondo
92
An Essay on the New Occident and the Old Orient 1951 translated by Gaku Kondo
93
An Essay on the New Occident and the Old Orient 1951
99
An Essay on the New Occident and the Old Orient 1951 translated by Gaku Kondo
103
Making the Katsura Imperial Villa Abstract 1951 translated by Gaku Kondo
110
Calligraphy and New Painting 1952 translated by Haruko Kohno
114
New Photography and Painting 1953 translated by Haruko Kohno
119
The Fate of American Artists 1955 translated by Gaku Kondo
127

On Sesshu 1934 translated by Gaku Kondo
53
Sesshu 1948 translated by Haruko Kohno
60
The New Art 1948 translated by Gaku Kondo
71
Conversations with Isamu Noguchi June 8 and 9 1950
79
Days with Isamu Noguchi 1950 translated by Reiko Tomii
80
Rambling Words on SongYuan FlowerandBird Painting 1950
84
PresentDay American Abstract Art 1955
133
Nationalism and Universalism in Japanese Art 1955
139
translated by Haruko Kohno 139
160
Notes
161
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About the author (2019)

Mark Dean Johnson is Professor of Art at San Francisco State University.

Dakin Hartáis Senior Curator of the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum.

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