There’s Yayoi Kusama and Mariko Mori; Chiharu Shiota and Chiho Aoshima. Mainstream female artists in Japan are undeniably making a mark on the art scene both in Japan and beyond. But when it comes to emerging female artists the playing field is anything but level. The historical perception that women weren’t suited to become artists is still having an effect on Japan’s art world. “The number of practicing freelance female artists in Japan is still eclipsed by the number of men,” says TokyoDex, who have curated Blossom Blast: a new exhibition that showcases the amazing talent of female artists based in Japan.
“Prices paid for artwork created by women are lower than that of their male counterparts, reflecting a problematic trend around the world,” says the creative agency that curated the show in tandem with International Woman’s Day (March 8). Fifteen different female artists are represented in the show, and include a wide spectrum of genres: everything from calligraphy and graphic design to traditional painting, sculpture and performance.
The exhibition just opened and is on view at UltraSuperNew Gallery in Harajuku through March 16, 2016. A special party is happening on 3/8 for International Women’s Day.