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A Colossal World: Japanese Artists and New York, 1950s – Present

Spanning the entirety of WhiteBox’s two-leveled exhibition space, the show features the video, sculpture, murals, installation, and two-dimensional media works by over 50 Japanese artists who emigrated to New York during the formative stages of their careers.aWhiteBox is excited to present “A Colossal World: Japanese Artists and New York, 1950s – Present,” a group exhibition curated by Kyoko Sato. Spanning the entirety of WhiteBox’s two-leveled exhibition space, the show features the video, sculpture, murals, installation, and two-dimensional media works by over 50 Japanese artists who emigrated to New York during the formative stages of their careers.

“A Colossal World” investigates the reciprocal channels of influence established between multiple generations of Japanese artists and the city of New York. While these artists absorbed elements of New York’s culture into new artworks, they also impacted and enriched New York’s culture itself. This exhibition, though not claiming to be a historical or academic in-depth study, aims to help trace the evolution of this vibrant exchange from Japan’s post-World-War-II economic boom to the present, from mid-century avant-gardes to emerging contemporary artists pushing new boundaries.

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