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Japanese Art Movements

These are the important Japanese movements, styles, tendencies, groups, and schools that we currently cover. More are on the way!

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Japanese: 10 of 108 Total Movements
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Started: Mid 1960s

The practice of Conceptual art became popular after the 1960s and presented people with an idea about art, which was more significant than the completion of a tangible and traditional work of 'art'. The aim was to create a concept that obliged people to consider the nature of art itself, and decide for themselves whether what was present was a work of art.

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Started: 1959

Ended: 1978

Fluxus was an international network of "intermedia" artists of the 1960s who worked in fields ranging from music to performance to the visual arts. Taking their name from the Latin "to flow," Fluxus artists adopted an often anarchic and satirical approach to conventional forms of art, and their ideas paved the way for Conceptual art.

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Started: 1954

Ended: 1972

The Gutai was a Japanese artistic movement that was founded by Jiro Yoshihara in 1954. The group was preoccupied with beauty that is born from things that are damaged or decayed. Members believed the destructive process revealed the inner life of materials and objects.

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Started: 1854

Ended: 1920

Japonism (Japonisme in French) describes the influence of Japanese art, especially woodblock prints, on French artists in the second half of the nineteenth century. Many Post-Impressionists were influenced by the flat blocks of color, the emphasis on design, and the everyday subject matter.

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Started: 1882

Nihonga artists preserved the heritage of classical Japanese painting while reinvigorating it for modern, global exposure and artistic influence.

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Started: Origins in 1910s, Movement in 1960s

Performance art is a modern form of art that emphasizes the experiential and the relationship between performer and audience. It developed in the 1960s with such artists as Yves Klein, Joseph Beuys, Marina Abramovic and Allan Kaprow. Not to be confused with the performing arts (dance, theater and music), Performance art is closely related to Conceptual art, in which any inherent meaning is in the eye of the beholder.

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Started: 1904

Ended: 1960s

The Japanese Sosaku-hanga movement transformed cheap prints previously made for the masses into original and creative works of high art.

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Started: 2000

Superflat is a postmodern art movement founded by Takashi Murakami, that is named for the flattened forms found in prevalent and historic Japanese graphic art, animation, pop culture, and fine arts. Superflat uses the juxtaposition of old and new techniques to explore subjects such as consumerism and sexual fetishism.

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Started: 1672

Ended: 1880s

The major Japanese art movement Ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) often featured images of beautiful women, landscapes, kabuki theater, and scenes from history. They were very influential and inspirational for the Impressionist and later Western modernists.

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Started: 1876

Ended: 1955

Yoga art, or Western-style painting was a major Japanese movement made in accordance with European conventions and ideas from the 1870s to the 1950s.

Japanese: 10 of 108 Total Movements

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