Black and White: Japanese Modern Art

  • 30 Sep 2017
  • 03 Jun 2018
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A), Avenue of the Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115


Black and White:
Japanese Modern Art

September 30, 2017 – June 3, 2018

Museum of Fine Arts, Japanese Print Gallery (Gallery 278A), Avenue of the Arts,
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

Centered around a newly acquired, large-scale calligraphy by Inoue Yūichi (1916–85), this exhibition showcases a selection of avant-garde works in the monochrome aesthetic shared widely in Japan and beyond during the postwar period. This sensibility is rooted in Zen Buddhism, which values simplicity and austerity, and remains influential today. The works in the exhibition are the results of transnational exchanges between Japanese artists like Inoue and their American Expressionist contemporaries, including Franz Kline and Jackson Pollock, who drew inspiration from Asian calligraphy for their gestural paintings. Among the nine works on view are prints, ceramics and sculpture, primarily drawn from the MFA’s collection.

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