Art Services International Exhibitions

DECO JAPAN: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920 - 1945

New York March, 1929, color lithograph, the Levenson collection. The first exhibition held outside Tokyo dedicated to Japanese Art Deco, "DECO JAPAN" provides dramatic examples of the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated with Japan and conveys the complex social and cultural tensions during the Taishô and early Shôwa epochs (1912-1945).  In these pre-war and war eras, artists and patrons created a Japanese modernism that signaled simultaneously the nation's unique history and cosmopolitanism.  The vitality of the era is further expressed through the theme of the moga, or modern girl, the emblem of contemporary urban chic that flowered along with the Art Deco style in the 1920's and 1930's.

Selected by Professor Ken Brown, the nearly 200 works shown here highlight the Levenson collection  -- the world's premier collection of Japanese art in the Deco style.  These pieces include spectacular examples of metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, glass, wood furniture, jewelry, textiles, graphic design on paper, painting and woodblock prints; they range from fine art objects made to impress the public at national art exhibitions to goods mass produced for the modern home.

Support for the exhibition has been provided by The Chisholm Foundation.

Tsuishu Yôzei XX, Tobacco Box and Tray Set with Egyptian Motifs, 1916, wood, lacquer, the Levenson collection. Chikueidô Eishin II, Okimono of Pair of Origami Cranes, c. 1930s, gilt silver, the Levenson collection.
Futagi Seihô, Standing Screen with Banana Plants, 1936, wood lacquer, the Levenson collection.
Takamura Hyôe, Moriki with Great Phoenix Pattern, c. 1932, wood, lacquer, gold, silver, the Levenson collection.

Dates:  March 2012 - January 2016




March 16 - June 10

July 14 - January 20, 2013


February 9 - April 21

June 15 - October 20

November 22, 2013 - January 19, 2014


February 8- April 20

May 10 - October 19

November 8 - January 18, 2015


February 7 - July 19


January 29 - April 24

June 11, 2016 - January 1, 2017


February 23 - May 21         

The Japan Society Gallery (New York, NY)

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota, FL)


Albuquerque Museum of Art and History (Albuquerque, NM)

Tyler Museum of Art (Tyler, TX)

The Society of the Four Arts (Palm Beach, FL)


Columbia Museum of Art (Columbia, SC)

Seattle Art Museum (Seattle, WA)

Dayton Art Institute (Dayton, OH)

Brigham Young University Museum of Art (Provo, UT)

Middlebury College Museum of Art (Middlebury, VT)                    

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens (Washington, DC)

Morikami Museum and Gardens (Delray Beach, FL)


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Art Services International Exhibitions