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The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art During WWII
- Asato Ikeda (Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Fordham University)
Ikeda will be presenting from her latest book The Politics of Painting: Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2018). The book examines a set of paintings produced in Japan during the 1930s and early 1940s that have received little scholarly attention. Ikeda views works by prominent artists of the time through the lens of fascism, showing their seemingly straightforward paintings of Mount Fuji, samurai, beautiful women, and the country side supported the war by reinforcing a state ideology that justified violence in the name of the country’s cultural authenticity.
Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Fordham University
Starting out as an undergraduate student at Temple University Japan in 2003, Ikeda received B.A. from the University of Victoria (2005), M.A. from Carleton University (2008), and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia (2012). She was a postdoctoral fellow at Freer | Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution (2013) and the Royal Ontario Museum (2014-2016). She is the co-editor of Art and War in Japan and its Empire (Brill, 2012) and the co-author of A Third Gender: Beautiful Youth in Japanese Prints (Royal Ontario Museum/Hotei, 2016). She has also published in Japan Focus, Transgender Studies Quarterly, and modernism/modernity. Currently, she is Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Fordham University, New York.