Chiura Obata: An American Modern

Item # 159654.

Edited by ShiPu Wang.

Chiura Obata (1885–1975) was one of the most significant Japanese American artists working on the West Coast in the last century. Born in Okayama, Japan, Obata emigrated to the United States in 1903 and embarked on a seven-decade career that saw the enactment of anti-immigration laws and the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Prominent in the Northern California artistic communities, Obata served both as an art professor at UC Berkeley for nearly twenty years and as a founding director of art schools in the internment camps.

This catalogue is the first book surveying Chiura Obata’s rich and varied body of work that includes over 100 beautiful images, many of which have never been published. It also showcases a selection of Obata’s writings and a rare 1965 interview with the artist. Hardbound: 192 pp.




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