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2023 Made in Japan: 20th-Century Poster Art (Mar-Sep 10) Japanese Poster Design Reflects Country’s Rich Visual Culture & Printmaking TraditionNEW

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2023 Made in Japan: 20th-Century Poster Art (Mar-Sep 10) Japanese Poster Design Reflects Country’s Rich Visual Culture & Printmaking Tradition
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Date: Wednesday, 31 May, 2023       Time: All Day
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Poster House, New York
119 W. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
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Japanese poster design reflects the country’s rich visual culture and printmaking tradition, and was used throughout the 20th century to represent the country to domestic and international audiences. Two world wars in addition to rapid industrialization, urbanization, and the rise of mass media fundamentally transformed modern Japan, and its specific journey as both an aggressor and a victim of war reinforced the nation’s efforts to revamp its image. Within this context, posters became an essential commercial art form that fused modern identity with consumerism, mirroring and shaping the social, political, and ideological values of the time.

During the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-45) and World War II (1939-45), posters were designed to inspire patriotism, circulate propaganda, and encourage consumer restraint in support of the war effort. During the postwar period, however, unparalleled growth in the manufacturing sector catapulted the Japanese economy to the position of second largest in the world, creating limitless opportunities for poster advertising as Japanese corporations became household names and global brands. Following the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and the 1970 Osaka World Expo, Japan’s international standing shifted again, emboldening Japanese artists and designers to conceive new forms of graphic media that mixed aspects of traditional Japanese aesthetics with Western design idioms. Between the 1980s and the early 21st century, Japanese posters functioned beyond the realm of the merely commercial, allowing designers to address such social issues as pollution, climate change, sustainability, nuclear disarmament, and global peace and reconciliation.

This exhibition explores the cultural and political shifts within modern Japan that influenced the functions and messaging of its advertising posters, and how those posters were subsequently received by the public.

This exhibition comes to Poster House through a generous loan from the Merrill C. Berman Collection and is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Press
“…a rare exhibition of advertising and promotional posters that spans 100 years…”
- SHUKAN NEW YORK SEIKATSU, MARCH 29, 2023

“Designers used posters to address major cultural issues from climate change to nuclear disarmament…”
- THE GUARDIAN, MARCH 27, 2023

“‘It felt like we were stepping inside of a poster.’”
- FAST COMPANY, MARCH 27, 2023

“A new exhibition is exploring how poster art shifted the image of Japan during the 20th century.”
- CREATIVE REVIEW, MARCH 17, 2023

“The 73 posters presented in this exhibition document the country’s evolving identity through advertisements and art.”
- AIR MAIL, MARCH 16, 2023

“Poster House unveils shows focused on imagery of Black Panthers, 20th. C Japan.”
- AUCTION CENTRAL NEWS, MARCH 4, 2023

“This season’s main exhibitions take on particular importance in the wake of increased violence toward Black and AAPI communities, whose contributions to design history are often ignored.”
- GRAPHIC DESIGN USA, MARCH 2, 2023

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