The Great Depression and the New Deal
In March 1917, there was an exhibition of the New York Japanese Art Association at the Yamanaka Gallery. The exhibition featured 75 oil paintings, watercolors, architectural drawings, and photographs by I. Kagawa, T.K. Gado, T. Wake, S. Shimotori, K. Ashiwara, T. Ono. S. Hamachi, M. Uwagawa, M. Tsuchiya, I. Takanosu, T. Kikuchi.
he venue, Yamanaka Shokai, was founded by Sadajiro Yamanaka in Osaka, Japan, and was a prominent Japanese antique art gallery. Clients include Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Charles Lang Freer, Isabella Stewart Gardner of Boston, Ernest Fenollosa, H.O. Havemeyer, and other collectors who laid the foundation for Japanese Art collection in the museums in the United States from late 19th to 20th century. Therefore, one can imagine that the 1917 exhibition of the New York Japan Art Association included works devoted to the East Asian art style.