Max Ernst: The artist who raised eyebrows with 'pictorial' texture

Jun 14, 2012

Max Ernst: The artist who raised eyebrows with 'pictorial' texture

Despite several major exhibitions of his work that have been held in Japan since the 1970s, Max Ernst is still widely considered here to be one of the most difficult and obscure of the Surrealists. Constantly exploring new ideas, methods and materials, his art ...

The shaping of a Post-Impressionist

May 24, 2012

The shaping of a Post-Impressionist

When the influential art critic Clement Greenberg described a particular painter as “the most copious source of what we know as modern art, the most abundant generator of ideas and the most enduring in newness,” it wasn’t, as some might expect, Pablo Picasso he ...

Apr 19, 2012

Looking beyond the giant canvases

The image of Jackson Pollock as the archetypal American artist, making big gestures on giant canvases, is firmly entrenched in the public consciousness. Dripping paint on canvases laid out on the floor, working in rather than working on his art, Pollock epitomizes the rebellious ...

Looking beyond the giant canvases

Apr 19, 2012

Looking beyond the giant canvases

The image of Jackson Pollock as the archetypal American artist, making big gestures on giant canvases, is firmly entrenched in the public consciousness. Dripping paint on canvases laid out on the floor, working in rather than working on his art, Pollock epitomizes the rebellious ...

A look into Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Dec 8, 2011

A look into Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

It is hard to think of fin de siecle Paris without recalling the dancing girls and dandies of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s colorful prints. It is equally difficult to imagine work by the artist not centered on the city’s hedonistic and decadent nightlife. While focusing ...

The rivaling schools of classic Japanese art

Nov 24, 2011

The rivaling schools of classic Japanese art

From its original base in Kyoto to its later establishment in Edo, present-day Tokyo, the Kano school held a firm grip on the Japanese art world from the middle of the Muromachi Period (1392-1573) to the Meiji Era (1868-1912) — a grip aided by ...

When the 'City of Water' was a font of culture

Oct 13, 2011

When the 'City of Water' was a font of culture

From the Byzantine times in the 9th century, Venice was a strategic trading center straddling Europe and the East. Venetian merchants traded wool and silk textiles for spices, grains and other commodities from Asia, making the city — and the Venetian Republic of which ...

'Jan & Eva Svankmajer: Films and their Surroundings'

Sep 8, 2011

"Jan & Eva Svankmajer: Films and their Surroundings"

Laforet Museum HarajukuCloses Sept. 19 Czech animator Jan Svankmajer is known mainly for his fantastic and macabre animations, such as “Alice” (1988), based on Lewis Carol’s novel, and his interpretation of “Faust” (1994). This new exhibition, however, explores the vast range and variety of ...

Rave faves Dub Squad to reunite for festival

Sep 1, 2011

Rave faves Dub Squad to reunite for festival

The launch of Metamorphose just over a decade ago helped bring more choice to Japan’s summer music festival season. The event’s focus was on electronic-music acts, but over the years it has lived up to its name and broadened its lineup. “When we started ...

Impressionists and friends: on the verge of the modern

Jun 23, 2011

Impressionists and friends: on the verge of the modern

There seems to be an exhibition of Impressionist art somewhere in Tokyo every year, such is its popularity in Japan. This summer,the National Art Center, Tokyo is presenting “Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art,” showing works from the celebrated Washington ...