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, ...

Apr 26, 2012

Mavo, the movement that rocked Japan's art scene

In an Aug. 31, 1923, edition of the Shin-aichi newspaper, a clipping shows a photo of artists milling around paintings propped up against a tree in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. Another image in the previous day’s Asahi Graph shows a girl looking over an apparently ...

Mavo, the movement that rocked Japan's art scene

Apr 26, 2012

Mavo, the movement that rocked Japan's art scene

In an Aug. 31, 1923, edition of the Shin-aichi newspaper, a clipping shows a photo of artists milling around paintings propped up against a tree in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. Another image in the previous day’s Asahi Graph shows a girl looking over an apparently ...

Ceramics as a blossoming form of art

Apr 5, 2012

Ceramics as a blossoming form of art

In 1981, Etsuko Tashima (b.1959) completed the postgraduate ceramic course of Osaka University of Arts, where she is now professor. Her graduation work, “Censored” (1981), was a series of legs cast from her own body and arranged so that they appeared to grow out ...

Mar 22, 2012

Rich tales of Inka Essenhigh

Inka Essenhigh’s earlier body of work fused a personal take on Surrealism with motifs that seem borrowed from animation. Works such as “Mob + Minotaur” (2002), with such strong anime and manga characteristics, had some critics refer to it as a kind of pop-Surrealism ...

Rich tales of Inka Essenhigh

Mar 22, 2012

Rich tales of Inka Essenhigh

Inka Essenhigh’s earlier body of work fused a personal take on Surrealism with motifs that seem borrowed from animation. Works such as “Mob + Minotaur” (2002), with such strong anime and manga characteristics, had some critics refer to it as a kind of pop-Surrealism ...

Mar 8, 2012

Illustrators draw from pop culture for 3/11 exhibition

“March 11 seen through the eyes of comic artists from all over the world: Magnitude Zero” at the Kyoto International Manga Museum is a commemorative tribute to the ways the world and the Japanese dealt with the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear ...