Raoul Dufy's true colors outshone many of his peers

Jun 18, 2014

Raoul Dufy's true colors outshone many of his peers

No painter's works look as good in a newspaper or advertising poster as they do when seen directly. Some painters works, however, suffer more from the process of being transferred to print than others. Raoul Dufy is one.

How Japan crafted its modernization

Jun 4, 2014

How Japan crafted its modernization

When Japan ended its isolation in the mid-to-late-19th-century, it had lots of disadvantages compared to the other major powers. But one distinct advantage that its isolation had preserved was its craft industries and the skills of its craftsmen.

Nicolas Buffe's show is a dream come true

May 28, 2014

Nicolas Buffe's show is a dream come true

Being swallowed by an enormous anime canine is the kind of experience you are only likely to have in a dream — perhaps after eating too much cheese before bedtime — and this is the theme of Nicolas Buffe's exhibition, a surreal dream that ...

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

May 14, 2014

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

It must be something of a Faustian bargain buying a Post-Impressionist painting for a record-breaking price. In 1987, Yasuo Goto, president of Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., bought Van Gogh’s “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers” (1888) for $39 million. Perhaps due to that daring ...

A powerful look at 'exotic' and 'primitive' artworks

Apr 30, 2014

A powerful look at 'exotic' and 'primitive' artworks

The “Power of Images” exhibition at the National Art Centre Tokyo is nothing less than an assault on the senses — a barrage of exotic and vivid anthropological oddities from the collection of the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka. Garish, fantastic, ghoulish and ...

Art on the brink of fragmentation

Apr 9, 2014

Art on the brink of fragmentation

You can’t go wrong by calling a show “Fragments,” as the curators of this year’s “MOT Annual” exhibition have done. With a name like that, whatever bits and pieces visitors encounter at the annual group show of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, they can’t ...

Mar 26, 2014

On light, wind — and good sake

Tokyo Station Gallery is one of the more interesting art venues in the city. Occupying part of the renovated Tokyo Station Building, it combines daring modern design with the building’s early 20th-century, red-brick charm. This also makes it a rather suitable venue for “Hakubakai ...