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Bachelor JapanistsJapanese Aesthetics and Western Masculinities$
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Christopher Reed

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175753

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175753.001.0001

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Sublimation and Eccentricity in the art of Mark Tobey

Sublimation and Eccentricity in the art of Mark Tobey

Seattle At Midcentury

(p.201) 3 Sublimation and Eccentricity in the art of Mark Tobey
Bachelor Japanists

Christopher Reed

Columbia University Press

Follows the career of artist Mark Tobey, whose long-standing interest in Japan exemplifies twentieth-century Western trends toward fascination with Zen Buddhism, rustic Japanese pottery, and calligraphy. Tobey’s career intersects in illuminating ways with very well known figures – the artist John Cage, the potter Bernard Leach, the critic Clement Greenberg – allowing this chapter to explore the impact of World War and Cold War on Japanism. The chapter concludes with an argument connecting initiatives to integrate Japanese-Americans into the cultural mainstream with the end of Japanism as a structure of dissent.

Keywords:   Seattle, Art, Pottery, Zen, Abstract Expressionism, World War II, Cold War, Japanese-Americans

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