CHIURA OBATA: AN AMERICAN MODERN

On January 18, 2019, the major retrospective of artist Chiura Obata (1885-1975), curated by Prof. Wang, will open at the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan. A "returning home" of sorts, for Obata was born in Okayama (but grew up in Sendai and studied in Tokyo), this will be the first survey of Obata's seven-decade career to go on display in Japan. The University of California Press has published a bilingual, English-Japanese exhibition catalog (the first book on Chiura Obata published by an academic press) that contains many never-published images and writings: https://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520296541.

This internationally-traveling exhibition, supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art, began at UC Santa Barbara's Art, Design and Architecture Museum (January 13 - April 29, 2018), the organizing museum. At its second venue, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (May 25 - September 2, 2018), it was viewed by more than 25,000 visitors, making it the museum's summer blockbuster in a decade. It will next travel to the Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art in Japan (January 18 - March 10, 2019), the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento (June 23 - September 29, 2019), and conclude with a 5 1/2 month display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. (November 1, 2019 - April 12, 2020).

CHIURA OBATA: AN AMERICAN MODERN has received positive press coverage. Click on the links to read recent reports and reviews.