IEAS Exhibit Series — Arts of Asia

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Painting to Live: Art from Okinawa's Nishimui Artist Society
生きるために描く: 沖縄の西森美術会の美術と美術品, 1948-1950

May 29 – June 14, 2007
Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm
IEAS Lobby, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th Floor

In the wake of World War II, a group of American physicians stationed during a military occupation in Okinawa happened upon a small artist colony near the ruins of Shuri Castle. Hungry for culture and community in a ravaged country, they began painting with the Okinawan artists and commissioning art in exchange for Lucky Strike cigarettes — one of the currencies of the day.

The artists of the Nishimui Artist Society — including Masayoshi Adaniya, Kanemasa Ashimine, Itoku Gushiken, and Seikichi Tamanaha — are now credited with founding Okinawa's modernist art movement. For the first time in the U.S., paintings, drawings, and Christmas cards by these artists will be shown, along with paintings by one of the Americans who befriended them, Stanley Steinberg. Painting to Live is an intimate record of Americans and Okinawans connecting with their collective humanity through art. The opening reception for the Painting to Live exhibit will be held on Thursday, June 14, 2007 from 4:00-6:00 pm.

Curated by Jane Dulay, from the private collections of Stanley Steinberg, MD, Dr. and Mrs. Walter H. Abelmann, Chosho Ashitomi, Jane Dulay, MD, David Frederick Dahlin, and David Holman Dahlin.

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