LACMA's Japanese Art Acquisition Group is the rock star of Asian art councils. Perhaps no other U.S. museum support group has written checks for such transformative objects in such a short time. The decade-old group is responsible for the Maruyama Okyo Cranes screens (gifted by Camilla Chandler Frost in 2011) and the Soga Shohaku Oxen and Shepherds added in 2016 (by JAAG and the museum's Collectors Committee). Both are in the current exhibition, "Japanese Art at LACMA: Celebrating 10 Years of the Japanese Art Acquisitions Group." Here I'll mention just a few more recent purchases making their debut.
Scroll paintings feature flora and fauna, notably an Ito Jakuchu Turnip (detail below) in shades of watery soft gray. It brings to mind the artist's Vegetable Nirvana in Kyoto, which finds Buddha-nature in a radish.
There's a cartoonish Tani Buncho Tiger Family and Magpies (1807); a Fireflies at River's Edge by Shiokawa Burnrin, who specialized in nocturnes with fireworks or luminescent insects; and an early 20th century Wild Boar in the Snow by Konoshima Okoku.
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