Perhaps surprisingly, experimental artists are also cast in terms of tradition in curated exhibitions. When we look at the way that the work of Asian artists has been framed it is most often as a break with tradition, which is in keeping with the not...
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... period (1185-1333), early 14th century, which illustrates at once the similarities and differences between the works. The artist has here replaced the sword with a rifle and a Japanese flag in a somewhat ambiguous statement of nationalism. Whatever his intention here we see his desire to locate this wrathful deity in today’s world of military aggression. Other works by this artist might also show clearer links to a graffiti and street culture aesthetic although I have chosen images that best relate to traditional antecedents.
There are of course many other artists who employ ideas of tradition in their works while an equal number choose not to work within obvious references to tradition, but it is my hope that by looking at these artists today we have gained some insight into some of the divergent ways that artists approach tradition in their work.
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