Charles Kessler reviews The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., on view through August 30, 2015.
Kessler notes that the show is "a major exhibition, indeed — 66 paintings and drawings covering [Kuniyoshi's] entire career; and it's the first comprehensive exhibition of his work in the United States in more than sixty years. This show is a revelation – Kuniyoshi should be more well-known… I think the time might be ripe for a revival. For many years now, art history has been going through a sweeping process of re-evaluating the canon of twentieth-century American art. There's been greater receptiveness to what Roberta Smith referred to as the 'vitally mongrel nature of American modernism,' and few artists of this era fits this new canon better than Kuniyoshi who drew from the Old Masters, Asian art, early European Modernism and American folk art."