Bizarre photo collages are foremost in the oeuvre of Toshiko Okanoue, an avant-garde artist who enjoyed a peak of activity in the 1950s before she gave art a backseat to her family life.

“Toshiko Okanoue, Photo Collage: The Miracle of Silence” at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum provides a thorough introduction to Okanoue’s various areas of creativity. This is only the artist’s second solo show in a major public museum in Japan. It follows, but is more complete than, an exhibition last year at the Museum of Art Kochi, in her hometown.

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