Noi Sawaragi

Languages: English日本語

Institute for Art Anthropology, Research Member, Tama Art University
Professor, General Education, Faculty of Art and Design, Tama Art University


Born in Chichibu City in 1962, Sawaragi graduated from the Culture Department in the Faculty of Literature at Doshisha University and began work as a critic in Tokyo. His first collection of critical essays, Shimyureshonizumu (Simulationism) (Enlarged edition, Chikuma Arts and Sciences Library) prompted broad discussion as a work that guided cultural trends in the 90s. People like Takashi Murakami, Kenji Yanobe and Norimizu Ameya curated challenging exhibitions at the same time.
In his most famous work, Nihon gendai bijutsu (Japan, Modernity, and Art) (Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd.), Sawaragi refers to post-war Japan a “bad place” and questions the fundamentals of Japanese art history and art criticism. He has authored numerous other publications including Senso to Banpaku (War and the World’s Fair) (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha,
Co., Ltd.), a critical re-examination of the 1970 Osaka World’s Fair. Sawaragi is recently re-examining Taro Okamoto and taking a new look at his war paintings. He resided in Great Britain from 2007 to 2008 working as a guest researcher at the Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) Research Centre at the University of the Arts, London.


Han a-to nyumon (An Anti-Introduction to Art) (Gentosha, Inc., 2010)
Senso to banpaku (War and the World’s Fair)(Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, Co., Ltd., 2005)
Shimyureeshonizumu (Simulationism)(Enlarged edition, Chikuma Arts and Sciences Library, 2001)
Nihon gendai bijyutsu (Japan, Modernity, and Art) (Shinchosha Publishing Co., Ltd., 1998)