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Painting American

ShiPu Wang

in Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter reviews Kuniyoshi's prewar works and their critical reception. It argues that despite being commended for his ability to assimilate Occidental artistic methods and traditions, the term ... More


Negotiating “Japaneseness”

ShiPu Wang

in Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on Kuniyoshi's efforts to demonstrat his allegiance to America following Pearl Harbor. Through a series of public statements he forcefully touted both his American allegiance and ... More


Picturing an Identity Crisis

ShiPu Wang

in Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.003.0003
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines Kuniyoshi's artistic production during the war years, a large part of which was creating war posters aimed at inspiring Americans to join the fight for freedom and democracy. As ... More


Epilogue: Becoming American?

ShiPu Wang

in Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This epilogue first describes the retrospective of Kuniyoshi's work at the Whitney Museum in 1948, in particular its ulterior propagandistic aims. It then discusses how Japanese collectors, scholars, ... More


Fighting the Battles Within

ShiPu Wang

in Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter analyzes two of Kuniyoshi's large-scale oil paintings produced during the war years: Somebody Tore My Poster and Headless Horse Who Wants to Jump. Departing from war imagery that was ... More


Introduction

ShiPu Wang

in Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book's main themes. This book offers the first book-length study of Yasuo Kuniyoshi's wartime work, both pictorial and textual, in relation to ... More


Wearing the Masks

ShiPu Wang

in Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter focuses on Kuniyoshi's postwar work, which reflected overwhelming depression and pessimism that undercut and contradicted the critical success he enjoyed. Kuniyoshi's disillusionment was ... More


Prelude: Surviving Pearl Harbor

ShiPu Wang

in Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter first describes a large canvas, titled Somebody Tore My Poster, that Kuniyoshi painted at the height of World War II in 1943. It then takes a closer look at the precarious wartime ... More


Becoming American? The Art and Identity Crisis of Yasuo Kuniyoshi

ShiPu Wang

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834180
eISBN:
9780824870393
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834180.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

On December 8, 1941, artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1953) awoke to find himself branded an “enemy alien” by the U.S. government in the aftermath of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The historical crisis ... More


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