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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

From within the 'outsider' came a wealth of imagination

May 5, 2011

From within the 'outsider' came a wealth of imagination

“American Innocence, Welcome To The Realms of the Unreal” at the Laforet Museum brings together 64 paintings and some personal objects of the “outsider artist” Henry Darger, who was born in Chicago in 1892. Just before his 4th birthday, his mother died giving birth ...

The Centre Pompidou brings the surreal to Tokyo

Mar 11, 2011

The Centre Pompidou brings the surreal to Tokyo

In its passage from the art world into everyday speech, the word “surreal” has ended up as mere shorthand for the bizarre and the unusual. But it originally referred to something deeper. Coined by the French poet Guilaume Apollinaire from the words “sur” (“beyond”) ...

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 ...