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Art into everyday life: Department stores as purveyors of culture in modern Japan

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  • Title:
    Art into everyday life: Department stores as purveyors of culture in modern Japan
  • Author: Oh, Younjung
  • Contributor: Reynolds, Jonathan M. (advisor) ; Lee, Sonya (advisor) ; Bialock, David (committee member) ; Lippit, Miya (committee member)
  • Found In: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Subjects: Asian Studies ; Art History ; Asian Studies ; Art History ; Social Sciences ; Communication and the Arts ; Art ; Department Stores ; Everyday Life ; Japan ; Japanese ; Modernity
  • Publication Details: ProQuest Dissertations Publishing
  • Language: English
  • Description: This study examines the artistic practices of Japanese department stores, which have been obscured in the discursive realm of modern Japanese art history despite their pronounced and lasting manifestations in the praxis of modern Japanese art history. Since the turn of the twentieth century, when department stores first emerged in Japan, prominent artists of the day have engaged in various artistic projects of the stores, ranging from window displays to advertising to building design. The department stores also have constituted primary venues for displaying works of art since Mitsukoshi department store established its art section in 1907, motivated by the inauguration of the official annual salon Monbusho Bijutsu Tenrankai (Ministry of Education Art Exhibition) in the same year. From established artists to fledging ones, from central figures of the art establishment to avant-gardists challenging it, a diverse range of artists showcased their works at the department stores. Indeed, by stimulating...
  • Identifier: ISBN: 978-1-267-44419-6
  • Creation Date: 2012

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