Friday, June 29, 2012

John Szostak and the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Faculty member John Szostak recently traveled to Sydney, Australia, where he participated in a symposium on the Japanese artist and modern inheritor of the Rinpa tradition, Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942). John's paper was entitled "Neo-Rinpa and Other Historical Re-Visions in Contemporary Japanese Art." The paper was based on an essay he contributed to the exhibition currently on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The exhibition is the first in Australia (and in the southern hemisphere) to feature Sekka, an important figure in the history of modern Japanese painting and design.


  1. Sounds like a very interesting paper. Congrats to Dr. Szostak on this research, and on getting to travel to Australia to present!

    Some incredible Sekka paintings will be on display at the Metropolitan Museum (in NYC) beginning in September. I was generously given the opportunity to see a few of these pieces ahead of time, and was blown away.

  2. Travis, good to hear from you. I am glad to hear you are keeping up your interest in Japanese art - the Met is starting to feature some later Japanese art, so keep your eyes peeled for more at that institution.

    - john szostak