A fine line separates calligraphy and what's called 'art'

Nov 15, 2012

A fine line separates calligraphy and what's called 'art'

The late 19th and 20th centuries witnessed a series of flip-flops among scholars as to whether calligraphy could be considered a fine art. Compared to painting and sculpture, wrote painter Koyama Shotaro in 1882, calligraphy did not attain the level of an art based ...

Kyoto painting schools pushed <em>nihonga</em> to the limit

Nov 8, 2012

Kyoto painting schools pushed nihonga to the limit

Japan, as elsewhere, has never had a singular art world but a plurality of formations. This is as true of pre-modern art as it is for Modernism and contemporary art — think of Takashi Murakami, his “factory” Kaikai Kiki and Geisai the art fair ...

Fanning the flames of art

Sep 6, 2012

Fanning the flames of art

Shingo Tanaka (b. 1983) has installed his panels so seamlessly into Kyoto’s eN arts gallery that the works first appear to be done on the walls. Though having trained as an oil painter, the soft scumblings and wisps of smoke and licks of fire ...

Expressions that lie between functionality and art

Jun 28, 2012

Expressions that lie between functionality and art

“Function Dysfunction” at the Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kyoto, brings together the ceramic works of three Americans: ceramicists Adam Silverman and Ani Kasten, and sculptor Alma Allen. Silverman, who felt that their works shared an aesthetic DNA, brought the three together, explaining that their pieces, ...

Painting in awe of nature and the act of creation

Jun 21, 2012

Painting in awe of nature and the act of creation

Makito Okada, in his solo show at the imura art gallery, Kyoto, is concerned with rehabilitating the 18th- and 19th-century preoccupation with the Romantic aesthetic concept of the sublime. Instead of man being seen as in harmony with the natural world, obtaining aesthetic delight ...

An artistic way with words

Jun 14, 2012

An artistic way with words

“Shoichi Ida, Prints (1941-2006)” focuses on works bequeathed to The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, by the artist’s studio and family. Though mostly forgotten today, Ida could count among his acquaintances such renowned artists as modernist painter Robert Rauschenberg and minimalist sculptor Carl ...

Apr 27, 2012

Representing Japan at Art Kyoto

In the wake of the recently held Art Fair Tokyo, Kyoto is following up with its own alternative in Art Kyoto. Organizers will, however, eschew the international art fair model seen in Tokyo and do what Kyoto does best — represent Japan. Keigo Ishibashi, ...

Representing Japan at Art Kyoto

Apr 27, 2012

Representing Japan at Art Kyoto

In the wake of the recently held Art Fair Tokyo, Kyoto is following up with its own alternative in Art Kyoto. Organizers will, however, eschew the international art fair model seen in Tokyo and do what Kyoto does best — represent Japan. Keigo Ishibashi, ...