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Japan: The Deco Years

By Seth Sommerfeld May 1, 2014 Published in the May 2014 issue of Seattle Met


The often-overlooked pre–World War II period in Japan offers many surprising and refreshing discoveries, like the Japanese art deco movement that occurred between 1920 and ’45. While viewed as a Western style, the Japanese take on the sleek, cosmopolitan modernity seems even more ahead of its time. Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920–1945 at Asian Art Museum explores the trend through paintings, prints, jewelry, fashion, sculptures, and more. Asian Art Museum, seattleartmuseum.org

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