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Ichiro Hariu: From the Perspective of an Art Critic




At Miyagi Museum of Art


Ichiro Hariu (1925-2010, born in Sendai City), studied literature, thereafter made his debut as a literary critic. After participating in the avant-garde art movement led by Taro Okamoto and others in the late 1940s, he began writing as an art critic in 1953. At the time, when Japan was facing the task of recovery  after World War II, the art critics of the new age made their debut through the new art magazines coming into publication, with Hariu being a representative figure among them.


As art in the second half of the 20th century took to the pursuit of purity, Hariu discussed with consistency the artists’ work and means of expression from a social and humanistic perspective.


Continuously exploring the problems of realism within avant-garde art and the social themes addressed by modern art, Hariu’s ideas and work as a critic can be said to have carved out a presence in Japanese art history from 1945 to the present day.


This exhibition focuses mainly on the art movements and exhibitions Hariu was involved with from the 1950s to the 1970s and introduces some of the artists and works referenced in his writings, thus providing an opportunity to reexamine postwar Japanese art history through the perspective of an art critic. (quote from The Miyagi Museum of Art' s website)

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