Shinkichi Tajiri

Universal Paradoxes

Edited by Helen Westgeest

Shinkichi Tajiri

Edited by Helen Westgeest

Distributed for Leiden University Press

208 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 8 1/3 x 10 1/4 | © 2015
Cloth $42.50 ISBN: 9789087282325 Published October 2015 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Japanese artist Shinkichi Tajiri (1923–2009) led a life and created a body of work that are both rich in paradox. Born in America to Japanese parents, he began his career in Paris, then lived in the Netherlands for half a century. This collection presents six essays that offer various perspectives on the ways that Tajiri’s complicated, overlapping personal identities were transformed through his art into seemingly universal themes.
Contents
Preface
Kris Schiermeier

Introduction
Helen Westgeest

The Fabric of Our Lives
Giotta and Ryu Tajiri

The Knot and the Warrior as Universal Paradoxes
Helen Westgeest

Image section I: Tajiri’s Warriors / Sentinels

Shinkichi Tajiri and the Paradoxes of Japanese American Identity
Greg Robinson

On Exile: Tajiri’s America
Paul M. Farber

Image section II: Tajiri’s Knots

The Berlin Wall as Metaphor
Florian Ebner

Lof van de Onaangepastheid
Herman Pleij

In Praise of Non-conformity (English summary)
Herman Pleij

Image section III: Printed Matter / Exhibitions / Castle Scheres

Appendices:
Biography of Shinkichi Tajiri
Selected solo exhibitions
Selected group exhibitions
Bibliography
Biographies of the authors

Acknowledgements and Photo Credits
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