Finding aid for the Yoshie Yoshida Papers LSC.2350

Finding aid prepared by Kelly Besser, 2021.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Online finding aid last updated 2021 January 11.
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Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Title: Yoshie Yoshida papers
Creator: Yoshida, Yoshie
Identifier/Call Number: LSC.2350
Physical Description: 2.6 Linear Feet (9 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1959-2005
Abstract: As an art critic and curator, Yoshie Yoshida (1929-2016) organized many exhibitions and events in Japan. After becoming a member of Art Critics Association, he was also engaged in supporting political and performance art. The collection ranges from monographs, serials and audiovisual material to scrapbooks, article clippings, exhibition programs, posters and correspondence.
Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
Language of Material: Materials are mostly in Japanese, with some in English and Portuguese.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: This collection contains processed audiovisual materials. All requests to access digital materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Property rights to the objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Yoshie Yoshida papers (Collection 2350). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Source of Acquisition

The acquisition was through the gift of the Yoshida family, with the assistance of Yoshiko Shimada (who compiled the archival materials into files) and William Marotti, in 2016. The "Kazuko Tsujimura" folder was donated by Tsujimura's brother to Yoshiko Shimada and added to the collection in 2017.

Processing Information

Physical processing performed by Wil Lin and Hannah Moshier and intellectual processing performed by Junko Tanaka, under the guidance of Courtney Dean, 2017-2018.
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UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9983164053606533 


Yoshie Yoshida, an art critic, curator, and event/exhibition organizer, was born in Japan in 1929. In the 1950s he carried Matsuki's Hiroshima Panels throughout Japan as a travelling exhibit. Upon publishing a book "Takiguchi Shuzo oboegaki" in 1961, he became a member of Art Critics Association. In 1965, he founded an artist-run gallery, Modern Art Center of Japan. Yoshida organized an art performance, Haisen Bansankai (Dinner Party Commemorating WWII Defeat, 1962) and Festival of Humans and Earth (1970). He also supported political art such as Akasegawa Genpei's 1000-yen Trial (1965-67) and anti-expo art movement (1969). He died in Tokyo, Japan, in 2016. Among his works are "Kaitaigeki no maku orite: 60-nendai zen'ei bijutsushi" (avant-garde art history in the 60s) in 1982, and "Matsuzawa Yutaka Pusai no hako" (1983) where Yoshida edited the portfolio of the artist.

Scope and Content

This collection was created by an art critic Yoshie Yoshida (1929-2016), and ranges from monographs, serials and audiovisual material to scrapbooks, article clippings, exhibition programs, posters and correspondence. Monographs center on exhibition catalogs, materials on surrealism, and books by/on particular artists (Shuzo Takiguchi, Genpei Akasegawa and Yutaka Matsuzawa). Serials chiefly consist of newsletters from art museums and institutes. An extensive amount of materials and documents are also found on Butoh (a Japanese avant-garde dance form). Other materials and documents cover social, political as well as artistic events/movements in which Yoshida was involved, such as Ningen to Daichi no Matsuri (Festival of Humans and Earth), Sanrizuka Struggle and Artist Union.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Art critics -- Japan -- Archives.
Arts, Japanese -- 20th century -- Archives.
Yoshida, Yoshie

box 1, folder 1

Scrapbook 1 1963-1964

box 1, folder 2-3

Scrapbook 2 1965-1968

box 1, folder 4

Scrapbook 3 1969-1971

box 1, folder 5-6

Scrapbook 4 1971-1976

box 1, folder 7, box 2, folder 1

Scrapbook 5 1977-1979

box 2, folder 2-3

Scrapbook 6 1979-1981

box 2, folder 4-5

Scrapbook 7 1981-1983

box 2, folder 6-7

Scrapbook 8 1983-1987

box 3, folder 1-2

Scrapbook 9 1988-2005

box 3, folder 3

Articles and exhibition programs 1963-1970

Scope and Content

Includes Anti-Expo statements by Yoshida and items on Modern Art Center of Japan.
box 3, folder 4

Court documents 1963-1972

Scope and Content

Includes documents on 1000-yen Note Trial and Utopia and Visions Exhibition Q&A.
box 3, folder 5-6

Artist Union 1975-1979

Scope and Content

Articles from "Artist Union" newsletters, articles on Artist Union, and programs of Artist Union Symposiums.
box 3, folder 7-8

Sanrizuka 1978-1982

Scope and Content

Flyers for assemblies, articles and newsletters relating Sanrizuka Struggle (a series of protests against the construction of Narita Airport in Tokyo). Includes items on Issaku Tomura (Protest Coalition leader) Exhibition, curated by Yoshida.
box 4, folder 1-4

Cosmos Exhibition 1973-1974

Language of Material: Some items in Portuguese.

Scope and Content

Articles, flyers and correspondence on Cosmos Exhibition held in Sao Paulo in 1974. Files composed by Yoshida. Includes Yoshida's journals during the exhibition and Brazilian trip.
box 4, folder 5-7

Festival of Humans and Earth (File 1) 1971

Scope and Content

Photographs, correspondence, programs, articles relating to the event organized by Yoshida. Contains documentation on the event.
box 4, folder 8, box 5, folder 1

Festival of Humans and Earth (File 2) 1971

Scope and Content

This file has "Ozaki" (event co-organizer) written on cover, and centers on correspondence and mail art.
box 5, folder 2-4

Correspondence 1978-2003

Scope and Content

Chiefly letters and postcards from artists.
box 5, folder 5

International Surrealism Exhibition 1975-1978

Language of Material: Items all in English.

Scope and Content

Articles, flyers and program on the Exhibition held in Chicago, 1978, organized by Yoshida.
box 5, folder 6

War-related materials 1975-1978

Scope and Content

A military artist directory and articles on war/military art.
box 6, folder 1-2, box 5, folder 7-8

Butoh 1977-2001

Scope and Content

Programs, flyers and newsletters related to Butoh (Japanese avant-garde dance form). Contains letters from Yoko Ashikawa (Tatsumi Hijikata's student and collaborator).
box 6, folder 3-4

Shuzo Takiguchi 1970-1979

Scope and Content

Photos, books and correspondence. Includes Liberty Passport from Takiguchi and photos by Mitsutoshi Hanaga.
box 6, folder 5-7

Zuisoroku by Hironae Yoshida 1945-1946

Scope and Content

Photocopy of a three-volume autobiography written by Hironae Yoshida (Yoshida's father).
box 6, folder 8

Kazuko Tsujimura 1965-1978

Scope and Content

Collection of Yoshida's portraits and correspondence with Yoshida, collected by Kazuko Tsujimura.
box 7

Audiovisual materials 1990-1998

Scope and Content

Ten VHS tapes, including Nobuyuki Oura's "Enkin o kakaete," Butoh performances, and videos featuring Isao Mizutani and Takami Sakurai.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

COLLECTION CONTAINS AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS: Audiovisual materials in this collection will require assessment and possible digitization for safe access. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
box 8

Posters 1963-1976

Scope and Content

Posters and photographs for exhibitions and events, including 1000-yen Note Trial 1965 Matsuzawa Yutaka "Pusai no itai ni tsuite" 1964 Photographs for the Festival of Humans and Earth posters 1971 Global Art Vision 1971 Urban Open Space in Hiroshima 1972 Hi-red Center 1966?
box 9, folder 1-4

Yutaka Matsuzawa 1951-1973

Scope and Content

Postcards, flyers and programs for exhibitions and events organized by Yutaka Matsuzawa. Also includes correspondence from Matsuzawa to Yoshida. Two issues of "Art & Project bulletin" are in English.