Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG) announces the opening of Resounding Spirit: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1960s, the first major group exhibition in Canada of Japanese avant-garde art of the 1960s. CUAG is the only Canadian stop on the exhibition’s limited tour.

Minister Masataka Tarahara, Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Japan in Canada, will be guest speaker at the opening. The show opens Monday, February 5th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and continues until April 15th.

Diana Nemiroff, CUAG’s director, says: “We are thrilled to be presenting this exhibition, which is an important and dynamic exploration of a fascinating period in Japanese art history.”

Resounding Spirit is organized and circulated by The Roland Gibson Gallery, at the State University of Potsdam in New York. It profiles the Gibson Gallery’s remarkable collection of Japanese modern art, the only collection of its kind in North America.

Resounding Spirit challenges the accepted Western history of 20th-century art, presenting modern Japanese art as an innovative and independent force that was in dialogue with international currents. Covering the period between the late 1950s and the early 1970s, the exhibition features close to 50 paintings and works on paper by 45 Japanese artists including Atsuko Tanaka, Kazuo Shiraga, and Jiro Yoshihara, internationally respected members of the Gutai, the best-known group of Japanese avant-garde artists. It also features a video of Gutai art activities from the 1960s, which demonstrates the intersection of painting and performance art that was so important to these artists.

CUAG’s presentation of Resounding Spirit was accomplished in collaboration with a curatorial seminar of undergraduate and graduate art history students led by Carleton professor Dr. Ming Tiampo, who together designed an innovative installation of the works in the exhibition. An illustrated catalogue that includes essays by art historians Reiko Tomii and Ming Tiampo accompanies the exhibition.

In conjunction with Resounding Spirit, CUAG will present a one-day Live Art Festival on Saturday, March 10th. The morning features talks by scholars Reiko Tomii (New York) and Ming Tiampo (Ottawa), and a guided tour of the exhibition. The afternoon features performances by acclaimed Japanese artists Takesada Matsutani (Paris), Sadaharu Horio (Kobe), and Ushio Shinohara (New York). Parking is free and admission is pay-what-you-can. For a detailed schedule of events, please consult

Resounding Spirit and the Live Art Festival are presented with the generous support of the School for Studies in Art and Culture (Art History) and the Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis at Carleton University, the Embassy of Japan in Canada, Laser Zone Print and Copy, Les Suites Hotel, Ottawa, and the Japan-Canada Fund, a gift to the Canada Council for the Arts from the Government of Japan.


For more information or to arrange a free exhibition tour:

Sandra Dyck, Exhibition Coordinator
Carleton University Art Gallery
(613) 520-2600, ext. 1357

Carleton University Art Gallery
St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
(613) 520-2120

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