Bringing the Modern to Tradition

 The Modern Song (Modan bushi) by K. Kotani,1930. (Detail.) The Japan Society (Credit: Exhibition organized and circulated by Art Services International, Alexandria, Va.)

The Japan Society is currently hosting an exhibition of Japanese art from the Art Deco period. The work presented shows us a country working to combine tradition with the modern western world whose influence had been felt in Japan for a while, but whose culture was only then beginning to be adapted. This can be seen most prominently in the depiction of the Japanese version of the "Flapper," or modern early 20th century woman, who was up-ending society in the west, as well.

The exhibition runs through June 10th at the Japan Society, NYC.