George Miyasaki’s Non-Western American Painting — Hyperallergic

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George Miyasaki: Abstract Expressionist California (Paintings and Lithographs, 1955-61), Ryan Lee Gallery, Chelsea, Manhattan — until June 15

— by John Yau: The relationship between Asian art, Asian artists, gestural and calligraphic mark-making, Abstract Expressionism, and post-painterly abstraction is an entangled web marked by many nationalist and racial prejudices in the guise of objective criticism. In his well-known essay, “American Type Painting” (1955, revised 1958), Clement Greenberg made the extravagant claim that “not one of the original ‘abstract expressionists’ — least of all [Franz] Kline — has felt more than a cursory interest in Oriental art. The sources of their art lie entirely in the West.” If you believe that this narrow, racially charged viewpoint is no longer given any credence, you are dead wrong…

Image: George Miyasaki, “Untitled ‘The Path’” (1961), courtesy of Ryan Lee Gallery

May 26, 2019

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