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Curated by Shinji Nanzuka, founder of Tokyo-based art gallery Nanzuka Underground, an elaborate and unique show which explores the history of Japanese contemporary art from the 1960s to the present opens today at Jeffrey Deitch gallery in New York City. The exhibition, aptly entitled Tokyo Pop Underground, presents the works of fourteen artists who emerged from pop and underground culture. The selected artists reflect the strains in contemporary Japanese culture as it rebuilt itself after the ruins of war and confronts numerous natural disasters. Their work reflects a crazy cross-cultural exchange between the West, the East and the Far East, and eventually shaped a new international artistic language. The participating artists represent a variety of creative disciplines, and include Makoto Azuma, Haroshi, Akiyoshi Mishima, Masato Mori, Tetsuya Nakamura, Yoshirotten, Toshio Saeki, Hajime Sorayama, Keiichi Tanaami, Makoto Taniguchi, Hiroki Tsukuda, Kazuki Umezawa, Harumi Yamaguchi and Yuichi Yokoyama. As an extension of the showcase, a solo exhibition of new work by legendary artist Keiichi Tanaami will be presented at the gallery’s satellite venue (2) just around the corner (both shows are open through Nov 2). Location (1): Jeffrey Deitch, 18 Wooster Street (Soho). Location (2): Jeffrey Deitch, 76 Grand Street (Soho).

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