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The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art During WWII

Tuesday, July 16, 2019   19:30 - 21:00

  • Asato Ikeda (Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Fordham University)

Ikeda will be presenting from her latest book The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2018). The book examines a set of paintings produced in Japan during the 1930s and early 1940s that have received little scholarly attention. Ikeda views works by prominent artists of the time through the lens of fascism, showing their seemingly straightforward paintings of Mount Fuji, samurai, beautiful women, and the country side supported the war by reinforcing a state ideology that justified violence in the name of the country’s cultural authenticity.

Date & Time:
Tuesday, July 16, 2019   19:30 - 21:00 (Doors open at 19:00)
1F Parliament student lounge, Azabu Hall
Temple University, Japan Campus
2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo

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Robert Dujarric (ICAS Director)
Registration is encouraged (e-mail to icas@tuj.temple.edu), but not required. 登録なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Asato Ikeda

Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Fordham University

Starting out as an undergraduate student at Temple University Japan in 2003, Ikeda received B.A. from the University of Victoria (2005), M.A. from Carleton University (2008), and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (2012). She was a postdoctoral fellow at Freer | Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution (2013) and the Royal Ontario Museum (2014-2016). She is the co-editor of Art and War in Japan and its Empire (Brill, 2012) and the co-author of A Third Gender: Beautiful Youth in Japanese Prints (Royal Ontario Museum/Hotei, 2016). She has also published in Japan FocusTransgender Studies Quarterly, and modernism/modernity. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Fordham University, New York.