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Obscure Visionary from Midcentury Japan

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 · No Comments

Today I had the good fortune of coming across the mind-blowing work of the Japanese artist, Keiko Minami, and I am absolutely in awe! I nearly fell out of my chair when I read that Minami was born in 1911 and died at the age of 93 in 2004! Who would ever guess by looking at her work that she was not a contemporary (i.e. living) artist?

Clearly Minami was a visionary in the world of modern art and design. Her work precedes the whole genre of feminine, child-like art by a good 50 years! More importantly, hers is one of the most beautiful examples of this style.

I was able to pick up bonheur, a book that chronicles Minami’s work, which Julia Rothman blogs about on book by its cover. My understanding is that the book is not easy to come by so if you’re curious I found it at Kinokuniya bookstore on 41st and 6th.

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