Asian art challenges Western museums' way of thinking

Feb 25, 2011

Asian art challenges Western museums' way of thinking

Art from Asia has enjoyed increased global interest in the past few decades, which has brought major changes to the way in which the art scene now views this hitherto neglected region. In a special symposium, “How is the World Engaging with Contemporary Asian ...

The man who popularized the Edo pleasure district

Nov 19, 2010

The man who popularized the Edo pleasure district

The Yoshiwara pleasure district of Edo (old Tokyo) has often been immortalized in word and image for the exquisite carnal pleasures it offered. It was also considered the center of Edo Period (1603-1867) cultural life. If anyone could be said to have put Yoshiwara ...

''Home Sweet Home' by Invader'

| Nov 12, 2010

'"Home Sweet Home" by Invader'

Gallery Target Closes Nov. 19 Since its origin in 1970s New York, when youths started “bombing” buildings and subway trains with stylized graffiti of their names and other messages, street art has morphed to encompass various media and subject matter. It has also become ...

What artists see in themselves

Oct 8, 2010

What artists see in themselves

Visitors to Florence in Italy have long been awed by the works in two of the city’s finest museums: the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace. But, perhaps preoccupied by prime examples of Raphael, Botticelli and other Renaissance artists, many visitors let their stay ...

Women of quiet strength

Sep 24, 2010

Women of quiet strength

Female artists play a significant role in Japan’s art world today, but a century ago, only a few women made a mark in the then male-dominated field. Shoen Uemura stands out as one of the most successful, a status she earned through the relentless ...

Shedding some light on shadows

Sep 17, 2010

Shedding some light on shadows

What follows you around nearly everywhere but you never notice? It may sound like a joke from a Christmas cracker but the answer is, of course, your shadow. Not only shadows of the human figure, but also shadows of trees, buildings and everyday objects ...

Oct 30, 2009

Verner Panton's colorful visions

Experimentation, playfulness, adventure. Through the example of maverick Danish designer Verner Panton, these words have entered the lexicon of many designers today. In the first half of the 20th century, design schools were rare, so Panton trained as an architect, as did many future ...

Unified by Art Nouveau

Oct 23, 2009

Unified by Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau’s birth at the end of the 1900s not only affected the art world but also radically transformed the public’s visual awareness, helping to propel product design, graphic design, typography and manufacturing into the 20th century. The Setagaya Art Museum’s “Art Nouveau et ...

Mexico's search for an artistic identity

Aug 14, 2009

Mexico's search for an artistic identity

What kind of art would best represent a rapidly developing country coming out of the social upheaval of a violent revolution — especially when it had, only a century before that, just thrown off the yoke of colonial rule? Twentieth-century Mexico faced just this ...

Allowing ourselves to be deceived by art

Aug 7, 2009

Allowing ourselves to be deceived by art

Whether enjoying the sight of shadow puppets against a wall or the suggestive placing of objects in an Austin Powers movie, people have long delighted in the playful use of images. “Visual Deception,” at the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo collects together almost ...