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 ...

Illustrators draw from pop culture for 3/11 exhibition

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 ...

Feb 9, 2012

Finding a piece of mind in contemporary art

“Yayoi Kusama: Eternity of Eternal Eternity” at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, presents the “late” style of the internationally renowned artist. The works are nearly all new — the product of a surge of activity from 2004 that resulted in two series: “Love ...

Feb 9, 2012

Finding a piece of mind in contemporary art

“Yayoi Kusama: Eternity of Eternal Eternity” at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, presents the “late” style of the internationally renowned artist. The works are nearly all new — the product of a surge of activity from 2004 that resulted in two series: “Love ...

Feb 2, 2012

A contemporary mix of nihonga and manga

Nobuya Hoki’s work oscillates between two of the major trends in Japanese contemporary art since the 1990s: manga-inspired themes and the revival of nihonga (Japanese-style painting). His own painting practice is termed “double-line painting” — which in Japanese also reads as “ni-hon ga” — ...