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For Mark Jarnes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ei-Q 1935-1937: Seeking the 'Real' in the Dark

Nov 15, 2016

Ei-Q 1935-1937: Seeking the 'Real' in the Dark

Nov. 22-Feb. 12 Hideo Sugita— also known as Ei-Q — made a stunning debut in the art world with his photo-dessins, a technique in which objects such as string and mesh are placed on photosensitive paper and exposed to light. Later in his career, ...

Art Begins from the Forest, Mori no DNA

Nov 8, 2016

Art Begins from the Forest, Mori no DNA

Nov. 18-Feb. 26 Since it was founded in 1966, the Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music has fostered many students who have been inspired by the rich forest that surrounds the institution. The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art now celebrates the university’s ...

Seven Daring Years: Odano Naotake and Akita Ranga

Nov 1, 2016

Seven Daring Years: Odano Naotake and Akita Ranga

Nov. 16-Jan. 9 Odano Naotake, a samurai and retainer of Satake Shozan, an 18th-century daimyo of what is now Akita Prefecture, was a central figure of a style of painting that emerged during the mid-Edo Period (1603-1868) and later became known as Akita Ranga ...

Maruyama Okyo: Opening Up New Terrain in Japanese Painting

Nov 1, 2016

Maruyama Okyo: Opening Up New Terrain in Japanese Painting

Nov. 3-Dec. 18 Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795) was a pioneer of bringing together Chinese and other East Asian techniques with the realism of Western naturalism within his Japanese-style painting. Though neither a simple reflection of realism nor naturalistic sketching, Okyo’s work was originally criticized for ...