This material was published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title. As mentioned in the foreword by Alanna Heiss and Glenn D. Lowry, ten award winners were chosen from over a thousand applicants of an open-submission art award in two screenings. ‘First Steps’ was organized with the intention of giving the ten winners an opportunity to show outside Japan. Yuko Hasegawa gives an outline of Japanese contemporary art, which is well represented by the generation of Takashi Murakami, Kenji Yanobe, Yutaka Sone, Makoto Aida, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, who finally overcame the inferiority toward the borrowed words, ‘Contemporary Art,’ and discusses about each exhibiting artist. Artists’ biographies are available.
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