Book Talk by Asato Ikeda at the Japanese Art Society of America

Uemura Shoen, Lady Kusunoki, 1944

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 – 6:00pm

Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue
Between 83rd and 84th Streets
New York, NY 10028

Asato Ikeda will be presenting from her new book, “The Politics of Painting:
Fascism and Japanese Art during the Second World War” (Honolulu: University of Hawaii, 2018). The book examines a set of paintings produced in Japan during the 1930s and early 1940s that have received little scholarly attention. Ikeda views works by prominent artists of the time through the lens of fascism, showing that their seemingly straightforward paintings of Mount Fuji, samurai, beautiful women, and the countryside supported the war by reinforcing a state ideology that justified violence in the name of the country’s cultural authenticity. Asato Ikeda is an Assistant Professor at Fordham University. Her research interests lie in modern Japanese art in particular and Asian art in general, and the topics of imperialism/colonialism, war, fascism, museums, sex, gender, and sexuality. Ikeda has co-edited the first English-language anthology on the topic of Japanese war art, “Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960,” and has curated the exhibition A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada/ Japan Society, NYC.

Registration is first come first served. If you would like to attend, please register by clicking the button and filling out the registration form: JASA Politics of Painting. 

Please contact Cheryl Gall, membership coordinator, via email: or phone: 978-600-8128 with any questions.

Please note: Marymount is a landmarked building and not wheelchair accessible.