Meet Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953). Kuniyoshi was a Japanese-born American painter, printmaker and photographer who was born in Okyama, Japan and who lived and worked in Woodstock and New York, N.Y. During his life he defined himself as an American artist—regardless of
citizenship—despite being classified as an “enemy alien” during World
War II. He enjoyed an international reputation. The Whitney organized a retrospective of his in 1948. In 2015, we celebrated his life with the exhibition, Artist Teacher Organizer:  Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art. His papers are digitized and available on our website. Have a look for yourself.

In 1948, Yasuo Kuniyoshi was the subject of the Whitney’s first (!) retrospective of a living artist, despite his having been legally barred, because of his national origins, from receiving US citizenship. 

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Meet Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953)….