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An Insider’s Introduction to Contemporary Japanese Art
Over the past few years, the highest-priced living female artist in the world has been 91 year-old Yayoi Kusuma, known for her polka-dotted pumpkins. Meanwhile, since the early aughts the so-called “Japanese Andy Warhol”, Takashi Murakami, has built a global brand and factory around his famous motifs. And yet, Japanese artists are not usually prominent in Museums of Contemporary Art. What explains the seeming contradiction between the small footprint and the huge impact? How does nationality or heritage play into the global successes of these artists? Enjoy a tour through the latest expressions of Japanese art with AJ Kiyoizumi who builds art collections and collectors globally.

• AJ Kiyoizumi, Post-War and Contemporary Art Specialist, Christie’s New York
• Ulrike Schaede, Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology, GPS UC San Diego
This Japan Zoominar @ UC San Diego series brings together new insights, knowledge and opinions on current events in Japan. Experts from around the globe are invited as speakers and contributors, with the goal to create a vibrant exchange and deepen our understanding of Japan’s role in the world. Learn more at jfit.ucsd.edu/zoominar

Jan 26, 2021 04:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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AJ Kiyoizumi
Post-War and Contemporary Art Specialist @Christie’s New York
AJ Kiyoizumi joined Christie’s in 2015, and has held various roles in private sales and on auction sale teams. She is presently a cataloguer in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department in New York, and is responsible for business-getting and appraising artworks produced from 1945 to present day. AJ holds a BA in Art History with Distinction from the University of California Berkeley.
Ulrike Schaede
Professor and Director of the Japan Forum for Innovation and Technology @GPS UC San Diego