Book Announcement: The Stakes of Exposure: Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art


The Stakes of Exposure

Anxious Bodies in Postwar Japanese Art

Author: Namiko Kunimoto

How would artistic practice contribute to political change in post–World War II Japan? How could artists negotiate the imbalanced global dynamics of the art world and also maintain a sense of aesthetic and political authenticity? While the contemporary art world has recently come to embrace some of Japan’s most daring postwar artists, the interplay of art and politics remains poorly understood in the Americas and Europe. The Stakes of Exposure fills this gap and explores art, visual culture, and politics in postwar Japan from the 1950s to the 1970s, paying special attention to how anxiety and confusion surrounding Japan’s new democracy manifested in representations of gender and nationhood in modern art.


Introduction: Gendered Bodies and the Minamata Disaster
1. Katsura Yuki’s Bodies of Resistance
2. Nakamura Hiroshi and the Politics of Embodiment
3. Tanaka Atsuko and the Circuits of Subjectivity
4. Heroic Violence in the Art of Shiraga Kazuo
Conclusion: Thresholds of Exposure in Postwar Manga…

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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