Songbook for “Song of the Milky Way” (Ginga no uta) from the film Milky Way (GINGA), 1931, printed by Noguchi Tsurukichi, published by ShŌchiku kinema gakufu shuppansha, color lithograph, inks and color on paper, 10 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.
Kirin Ornaments (Kirin okimono), ca. 1930, Sakaida Kakiemon XII, Japanese, 1878-1963, porcelain with transparent glaze, 13 x 12 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.
Table Clock with Rabbit Pounding Rice-cake on the Moon, ca. 1920s-1930s, Neya Chūroku, Japanese, 1897-1987, bronze on wood base, 9 7/16 x 14 1/4 x 7 1/16 in.
Deluded Demons Run Away (Roaring Lion Sculpture) (Kimi tōhoku), 1938, Tsuda Shinobu, Japanese, 1875 - 1946, bronze, 11 x 17 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.
Songbook for "Song of the Era of Erotic Feelings" (Erokan jidai no uta), 1930, Saitō Kazō, Japanese, 1887–1955, inks on paper, 16 x 20 in.
Dancer, or "Curved Line of the Instant" (Dansā, or Setsuna no kyokusen), 1932, Kobayakawa Kiyoshi, Japanese, 1899 - 1948, ink and color on paper, 24 x 20 in.
Songbook for "The Modern Song" (Modan bushi), 1930, K. Kotani, Japanese, ink on paper, 16 x 20 in.
Richard E. Fuller and his mother, Margaret E. MacTavish Fuller, at the entrance to the Seattle Art Museum in Volunteer Park in 1933. The building was their gift to the City of Seattle. Photography by Leonid Fink/Seattle Times
The center of night life is a vast crucible of electric flame. The throb of the jungle tom-tom; the symphony of lust; the music of a hundred orchestras; the swaying of bodies; the rhythm of abandon; the hot smoke of desire—desire under the floodlights; it’s all fun; it’s life. Joy, gin, and jazz.
–from the guidebook All About Shanghai and Environs (Shanghai: Shanghai University Press, 1934), 76.
"Dancers Shanghai, New Carlton Café" (Odori shanhai nyū karuton shoken), 1924, Yamamura Kōka, Japanese, 1888-1942, ink, mica, and pigment on paper, 20 x 16 in.
Obi with Boats and Bridge Design, ca. 1930s, unknown, printed silk, metallic thread, satin, 75 x 12 in.
Smoking Set with Lacquer Tray, 1931, Yamakawa Kōji, Japanese, 1884 - 1938, lacquered wood, shibuichi, silver, shakudō, 1 1/2 x 13 5/8 x 9 5/8 in.
Vase with Flying fish design, ca. 1930s, Isozaki Yoshitsugu (Bia), Japanese, 1884–1949, silver with gilding, 12 x 8 5/16 in.
To learn more about this fantastic exhibition, visit SAM Shop at the Asian Art Museum or SAM Books at the Seattle Art Museum to pick up a copy of the exhibition catalogue Edited by Kendall H. Brown. With rich descriptions of the objects and in-depth essays, it's a fascinating dive into Deco-era Japan.
The exhibition is drawn from The Levenson Collection and is organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Virginia. Support has been provided by The Chisholm Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation. His Excellency, Mr. Ichiro Fujisaki, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the United States of America is Honorary Patron of the exhibition.
The Seattle presentation is supported by
Katherine Agen Baillargeon EndowmentFreeman FoundationThe Japan FoundationParnassus Foundation / Jane and Raphael Bernstein
Official Airline Sponsor
All works in
Deco Japan: Shaping Art & Culture, 1920–1945 courtesy of the Levenson Collection.
The above Deco-era source material is borrowed from the exhibition catalogue: Kendall H. Brown, Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945 (Alexandria, Virginia: Art Services International, 2012), 47, 19, 248, 242, 7.
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