Prof discusses latest in wartime Japanese art history

Prof. Asato Ikeda

An upcoming talk on Japanese wartime art history by Asato Ikeda will offer a rare opportunity for the York community to hear about the latest study in the field of Japanese art history.

Asato Ikeda
Asato Ikeda

Ikeda is a professor in the Art History and Music Department at Fordham University and the Bishop White Postdoctoral Fellow of Japanese Art at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The Japanese Art of Fascist Modernism: Yasuda Yukihiko’s Arrival of Yoshitsune/Camp at Kisegawa (1940-41) will take place on Friday, Nov. 21, at noon at 305 York Lanes, Keele campus.

Ikeda’s talk will widely encompass historical, political and cultural issues in wartime Japan, and would be of interest to students and faculty from different disciplines. More specifically, she will discuss The Arrival of Yoshitsune/Camp at Kisegawa (1940-41), which was produced by the Japanese-style painter Yasuda Yukihiko. Situating Yukihiko’s painting within the history of Japanese-style painting in the first half of the 20th century, she will show how the painting exemplifies the state’s appropriation of modernism.

Ikeda specializes in Japanese art produced during the Second World War. Her publications can be found in the Review of Japanese Culture and Society, Disclosure and Japan Focus. Most recently, she edited, with Ming Tiampo and Aya Louisa McDonald, an anthology titled Art and War in Japan and its Empire, 1931-1960 (Leiden: Brill, 2012).

This event is co-presented by the Department of Visual Arts and Art History and the York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR). For more information, visit