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PORTRAITURE NOW: ASIAN AMERICAN PORTRAITS OF ENCOUNTER

ASIA SOCIETY  TEXAS CENTER

Houston, Texas

November 9, 2012 to April 14, 2012

Seven visual artists including Roger Shimomura, a third generation American of Japanese descent,  will present their view of  portraiture with Asian and American eyes – beyond stereotypes.  The show includes artists born in Korea, China, Vietnam and America.

It is time that we come full circle from the time of the Portuguese landing in Japan in 1543 with the first foreigners -missionaries and traders – called Southern barbarians. Remember nanban art – referring to Japanese art of the 16th and 17th century influenced by nanban, the Southern  barbarians. An exhibit with  Orientalist paintings would complete the circle depicting East Asian and Middle Eastern subjects and imitating art and architecture  by Westerners. Two books come to mind- one controversial. Orientalism by Edward W. Said, 1979; and Orientalism in Art, by Christine Peltre
Below is a painting by Shimomura called Crossing the Delaware, and part of a screen by a Kano artist showing foreigners with their  long noses.
Cheers,
Elisabeth
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