Meet Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953). Kuniyoshi was a Japanese-born American painter, printmaker and photographer who was born in Okyama, Japan and who lived and worked in Woodstock and New York, N.Y. During his life he defined himself as an American artist—regardless of
citizenship—despite being classified as an “enemy alien” during World
War II. He enjoyed an international reputation. The Whitney organized a retrospective of his in 1948. In 2015, we celebrated his life with the exhibition, Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art. His papers are digitized and available on our website. Have a look for yourself.
hello I am half japanese, and I've constantly been afraid of saying that japanese art influences me, since I'm so used to it being looked down upon. Literally every time I referenced the folktales/etc that I grew up with, I'd see people eyeroll around me in college, so I just try not to talk about it anymore.