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Kiyoshi Shimizu, Billiards, Chop Suey and Movies, c.1927 (Salons of America, 1927)

Kiyoshi Shimizu’s works often feature scenes of the city at
night, with countless billboards decorating the entrances to
movie theaters and people passing by.
The New York Shimpo wrote, “Kiyoshi Shimizu has a
wonderful ability to take such a mundane subject matter and make it look noble. If I may make one criticism of your work, it is that it lacks depth and does not suggest depth. It is so bare that it does not give the viewer room for creativity. I would like to see more haiku and zen in your work. (Torajiro Watanabe, “Impression of the Art Exhibition,” New York Shimpo, April 30, 1927).