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The Other American Moderns -

The Other American Moderns

Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, Hayakawa

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In The Other American Moderns, ShiPu Wang analyzes the works of four early twentieth-century American artists who engaged with the concept of "Americanness": Frank Matsura, Eitaro Ishigaki, Hideo Noda, and Miki Hayakawa. In so doing, he recasts notions of minority artists' contributions to modernism and American culture. Wang presents comparative studies of these four artists' figurative works that feature Native Americans, African Americans, and other racial and ethnic minorities, including Matsura and Susan Timento Pose at Studio (ca. 1912), The Bonus March (1932), Scottsboro Boys (1933), and Portrait of a Negro (ca. 1926). Rather than creating art that reflected "Asian aesthetics," Matsura, Ishigaki, Noda, and Hayakawa deployed "imagery of the Other by the Other" as their means of exploring, understanding, and contesting conditions of diaspora and notions of what it meant to be American in an age of anti-immigrant sentiment and legislation. Based on a decade-long excavation of previously unexamined collections in the United States and Japan, The Other American Moderns is more than a rediscovery of "forgotten" minority artists: it reconceives American modernism by illuminating these artists' active role in the shaping of a multicultural and cosmopolitan culture. This nuanced analysis of their deliberate engagement with the ideological complexities of American identity contributes a new vision to our understanding of non-European identity in modernism and American art.

Product code: 9780271077734

ISBN 9780271077734
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H254xW203xS20
No. Of Pages 196
Publisher Pennsylvania State University Press
On Sale Date 14/07/2017
Examines the works of four early to mid-twentieth-century American artists of Asian descent. Focuses on their critical engagement with notions of American modernism, and illuminates a transcultural positioning in modern American culture that predates our contemporary discourse on race and identity.