Edwardian London Through Japanese Eyes: The Art and Writings of Yoshio Markino, 1897-1915

Book launch

By William S. Rodner

Published by BRILL

Edwardian London Through Japanese Eyes considers the career of the Japanese artist Yoshio Markino (1869-1956), a prominent figure on the early twentieth-century London art scene whose popular illustrations of British life adroitly blended stylistic elements of East and West. He established his reputation with watercolors for the avant-garde Studio magazine and attained success with The Colour of London (1907), the book that offered, in word and picture, his outsider’s response to the modern Edwardian metropolis.  Three years later he recounted his British experiences in an admired autobiography aptly titled A Japanese Artist in London. Here, and in later publications, Markino offered a distinctively Japanese perspective on European life that won him recognition and fame in a Britain that was actively engaging with pro-Western Meiji Japan. Based on a wide range of unpublished manuscripts and Edwardian commentary, this lavishly illustrated book provides a close examination of over 150 examples of his art as well analysis of his writings in English that covered topics as wide-ranging as the English and Japanese theater, women’s suffrage, current events in the Far East and observations on traditional Asian art as well as Western Post-Impressionism. Edwardian London Through Japanese Eyes, the first scholarly study of this neglected artist, demonstrates how Markino became an agent of cross-cultural understanding whose beautiful and accessible work provided fresh insights into the Anglo-Japanese relationship during the early years of the twentieth century.

Professor William S. Rodner

Professor William S. Rodner received his MA and PhD in modern British and Irish history from Pennsylvania State University where he also studied English art and architecture. As Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor at Tidewater Community College in Virginia, he teaches a range of courses on world history. He is also editor of Scotia: Interdisciplinary Journal of Scottish Studies,sponsored by Old Dominion University. He has published widely on early twentieth-century British political thought and history and on the art of the Industrial Revolution. His J.M.W. Turner: Romantic Painter of the Industrial Revolution (University of California Press) appeared in 1997. Professor Rodner’s recent investigations into the career of Yoshio Markino, first presented in the British Art Journal and now in Edwardian London Through Japanese Eyes, reflect a long commitment to exploring the global dimensions of British visual culture.

15 May 2012

6:00 – 7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8:00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Organised by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

BOOKING FORM

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Japan — 日本

JAPAN — 日本

Presso COMBINES XL  GALLERY,

via Montevideo, 9

Mostra fotografica e presentazione del libro – progetto realizzato lungo un viaggio durato 12 mesi in Giappone  .

Vernissage: 8 marzo 2012 ore 18.30 /22.30 – Cocktail by Midori

Sound Curated by Kisk (Apparel Music)

‎Combines XL Gallery , l’associazione atelier spazio Xpo’  e Spazi Possibili sono lieti di comunicare l’evento charity che inaugurerà l’8 marzo-2012.

Si tratta della mostra fotografica e presentazione del libro intitolato:

JAPAN — 日本

Autori e fotografi: Tina Bagué (Barcelona, 1974), Toru Morimoto (Akashi, Japan, 1972)

Testi di: Carlos Rubio, Tina Bagué,Toru Morimoto

Un momento importante di analisi e riflessione per immagini sul Giappone contemporaneo, a quasi un anno di distanza dalla prima catastrofe seguita in diretta con i canali web 2.0 da tutto il mondo tecnologicamente sviluppato.

Si tratta dell’ opening di una mostra fotografica di scatti realizzati durante un progetto itinerante che raccontano un Giappone inconsueto dai clichè. Scatti a colori e bianco e nero realizzati lungo un viaggio  affrontato dai due fotografi, durato 42.000 KM, per 12 mesi.

La mostra sarà introdotta da Christian Gancitano, esperto di culture “asian pop”, arte, costume  e società giapponesi che parlerà di questo interessante progetto di qualità ma anche dell’attuale situazione del Giappone, del movimento antinuclearista che sta crescendo in modo significativo, della percezione dei problemi che questa grande nazione ha considerato primari subito dopo il grande terremoto e la “grande onda” TSUNAMI, già prevista peraltro dalle stampe “Ukiyo-e” con il famoso soggetto de “la grande onda” di Hokusai. Una nazione che si pone il problema dell’approvvigionamento  energetico e di mantenimento dello sviluppo economico, che dopo le bombe atomiche subite durante la seconda guerra mondiale ha saputo divenire la seconda potenza economica mondiale, superata di recente solo dalla Cina.

Un fotografo giapponese e una fotografa di Barcelona, una relazione ideale tra lo sguardo orientale e occidentale che spesso si fondono e si confrontano, per raccontare con le immagini il Giappone attuale nella sua realtà ancora “fluttuante” e per molti aspetti tutta da scoprire.

Mostra fotografica e catalogo tradotto in 4 lingue (inglese, spagnolo, giapponese e francese)

Il 10% del ricavato della vendita delle fotografie andrà alla prefettura di Fukushima in beneficienza ai bambini rimasti orfani dopo la tragedia dello TSUNSAMI dell’11-marzo-2011.

Il libro-catalogo è stato presentato per la prima volta il 31 ottobre 2011
presso l’importante galleria di Konica Minolta Plaza a Tokyo, insieme alla mostra.

La seconda release è stata presso la Galleria “The Private Space” di Barcellona nel novembre 2011. Finalmente il progetto arriva in italia.

Presso COMBINES XL  GALLERY

Via Montevideo, 9 – Milano

opening: 8 marzo 2012 ore 18.30 /22.30

interverranno gli autori

esposizione dall’8 marzo al 14 aprile 2012

INFO: 02 8323229

Per maggiori informazioni sul progetto cliccare qui.

Japan Society Book Club: IQ84 – Volume 1 by Haruki Murakami

Monday 12 December at 7.00pm

5th View
Waterstones, Piccadilly
203-206 Piccadilly
London
W1J 9LE

 

 

Free for Japan Society Members

IQ84 follows the paths of four central characters: Aomame, Tengo, Komatsu and Fukaeri in 1984 Tokyo. The book has two distinct story lines. One follows Aomame and starts with assassinating a guest at a plush hotel. The other involves Fukaeri a young 17 year old girl and begins with her manuscript for a literary contest being re-written by up-coming novelist Tengo and his mentor Komatsu. As the book progresses these two unrelated plot lines and parallel worlds converge. IQ84 has many themes including murder, history, cult religion, violence, family ties and love which makes it an intriguing read. The book club will be reading and discussing volume 1 of this trilogy.

Haruki Murakami is a Japanese author and translator. He was won numerous awards including the Franz Kafka Prize and the Jerusalem Prize. Murakami writes both fiction and non-fiction.

The book club is held on the second Monday of the month. There is no restriction on the nationality of the authors read, but books should be available in translation in both Japanese and English. The discussion is conducted mainly in English, but you can choose the language in which you read the book. The intention is simple: to explore the themes of the book, express personal opinions on the style and content, discuss how the book has changed (or not) in translation and to have a relaxed discussion with others who have similar interests.

Please email the office if you would like to attend.