Edo Avant-Garde is a feature length documentary film exploring the works of Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603–1868) and their inspirations. During the Edo era, while a pacified Japan isolated itself from the world, audacious Japanese artists innovated stylization, abstraction, minimalism, surrealism, geometric composition and the illusion of 3-D. Their elegant originality is most striking in images of the natural world depicted on folding screens and scrolls by Sotatsu, Korin, Okyo, Rosetsu, Shohaku and many others who left their art unsigned.
To capture the dynamism, scale and meticulous details of the art, Japan’s master cinematographer worked with Sony's cutting-edge 4K camera and filmed two hundred works of art in museums and private collections across the U.S. and Japan, along with remote temples and shrines and in bamboo groves, misted valleys and churning waves that inspired the artists centuries ago. Curators, restorers, collectors and scholars provide insights into the genesis of their mesmerizing, prescient visions.
Co-producer & stills photographer.
Director and producer: Linda Hoaglund.