The emotional cadence of Nambata's abstract score

Feb 9, 2012

The emotional cadence of Nambata's abstract score

When you visit Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (TOCAG), you half expect to get a concert, simply because of its name. But such conflation is not as crazy as it sounds. The aural and visual arts have many affinities, and the language of painting ...

Feb 2, 2012

The rootless woodblock prints of Kuniyoshi

There have been several exhibitions of the 19th-century ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi in recent years. In 2009, there was “Woodblock Prints of Eccentricity and Laughter” at the Fuchu Art Museum and last year we had “Utagawa Kuniyoshi: Unparalleled Ukiyo-e Artist” at the ...

The rootless woodblock prints of Kuniyoshi

Feb 2, 2012

The rootless woodblock prints of Kuniyoshi

There have been several exhibitions of the 19th-century ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi in recent years. In 2009, there was “Woodblock Prints of Eccentricity and Laughter” at the Fuchu Art Museum and last year we had “Utagawa Kuniyoshi: Unparalleled Ukiyo-e Artist” at the ...

Jan 26, 2012

Witnessing China's new cultural revolution

Chinese culture is on the long, slow rebound. Back in 1989, the Chinese government was shocked by the sudden appearance in Tiananmen Square of an icon of Western culture. This was a ten-meter-tall statue created by protesting students that was modeled on the Statue ...

Witnessing China's new cultural revolution

Jan 26, 2012

Witnessing China's new cultural revolution

Chinese culture is on the long, slow rebound. Back in 1989, the Chinese government was shocked by the sudden appearance in Tiananmen Square of an icon of Western culture. This was a ten-meter-tall statue created by protesting students that was modeled on the Statue ...

Jan 19, 2012

Left alone with Henri Le Sidaner

There are several points at which the conventional language of art criticism breaks down. The French painter, Henri Le Sidaner, the obscure but distinguished subject of an exhibition at the likewise relatively obscure but distinguished Museum of Modern Art Saitama, is one of these. ...

Left alone with Henri Le Sidaner

Jan 19, 2012

Left alone with Henri Le Sidaner

There are several points at which the conventional language of art criticism breaks down. The French painter, Henri Le Sidaner, the obscure but distinguished subject of an exhibition at the likewise relatively obscure but distinguished Museum of Modern Art Saitama, is one of these. ...

'Noguchi Rika: The light reaching the future'

Dec 15, 2011

'Noguchi Rika: The light reaching the future'

Izu Photo Museum Closes March 4 One of the main reasons painting moved away from the representational and figurative in the 20th century was because of the invention of photography, the previous century. But now photography, too, seems to be moving away from the ...

Issues that covered up Japan's nudes

Dec 1, 2011

Issues that covered up Japan's nudes

In his popular anecdotal encyclopedia of Japan, “Things Japanese,” the 19th-century British Japanologist, Basil Hall Chamberlain, included the comment that “the nude is seen in Japan but not looked at.” This reflected a reality in 1890, when the book was published: Nudity was not ...