Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

Ron Miyashiro

Ron Miyashiro

Ron Miyashiro in front of one of his paintings, ca. 1961. Courtesy of the artist and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. © Ron Miyashiro

Ron Miyashiro (born 1938) is a Honolulu, Hawaii, native who moved to California when he was 20 years old to attend Chouinard Art Institute. While still a student, Miyashiro’s work was featured in War Babies, an exhibition organized by Henry Hopkins in 1961 at his Huysman Gallery. Along with the work of Ed Bereal, Larry Bell, and Joe Goode, the exhibition created a controversy over the artists’ overt use of cultural stereotypes as a critique of contemporary politics. The sculptures that Miyashiro produced during the early 1960s are restrained, but potent assemblages that resemble weaponry, machinery, and body parts, and make reference to violent events of the 20th century.

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Works of Art

  • Concord #9

    Concord #9, 1963, Ron Miyashiro. Wood, cardboard, and acrylic. 10 5/8 x 15 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Cardwell Jimmerson. © Ron Miyashiro

  • Concord #8

    Concord #8, 1963, Ron Miyashiro. Wood, cardboard, and enamel. 11 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 6 1/4 in. Collection of Diana Zlotnick. © Ron Miyashiro. Photo courtesy of Cardwell Jimmerson and the artist

  • Concord #11

    Concord #11, 1964, Ron Miyashiro. Wood, cardboard, papier-mâché, and enamel. 15 x 12 1/2 x 12 ½ in. The Buck Collection, Laguna Beach, California. © Ron Miyashiro. Photo courtesy Cardwell Jimmerson and the artist

Explore the Archive

  • Video: Joe Goode, Larry Bell, Ron Miyashiro, and Jerry McMillan

    Video: Joe Goode, Larry Bell, Ron Miyashiro, and Jerry McMillan speak about the exhibition War Babies, 2010–11

  • Video: Ron Miyashiro

    Video: Ron Miyashiro speaks about his work, June 2010

  • Ron Miyashiro and Rani Singh

    Rani Singh, Getty Research Institute, conducts an oral history interview with Ron Miyashiro in 2010. Art © Ron Miyashiro

  • Poster for "War babies" exhibition

    Poster for the exhibition War Babies at Huysman Gallery in Los Angeles, May 29–June 17, 1961. Poster created by Jerry McMillan and Joe Goode. Photo © Jerry McMillan. Design © Joe Goode. The Getty Research Institute, 2006.M.1.5. Image courtesy of Jerry McMillan and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica