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” — ...

A contemporary mix of <em>nihonga</em> and manga

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” — ...

Jan 26, 2012

Japan's role in the 19th-century modernization of Chinese art

Last year was an excellent one for engaging Chinese art in western Japan. A series of exhibitions got underway with the airing of the Ueno Collection at the Kyoto National Museum in January, the superlative holdings of the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art and ...

Japan's role in the 19th-century modernization of Chinese art

Jan 26, 2012

Japan's role in the 19th-century modernization of Chinese art

Last year was an excellent one for engaging Chinese art in western Japan. A series of exhibitions got underway with the airing of the Ueno Collection at the Kyoto National Museum in January, the superlative holdings of the Osaka Municipal Museum of Art and ...

Jan 12, 2012

From picnic cups to vessels of the future

In the immediate decades after World War II, part of what it meant to be a contemporary artist in Japan was to belong to some kind of regular exhibiting institution. These organizations were different from the prewar institutions that continued, such as the government-sponsored ...

From picnic cups to vessels of the future

Jan 12, 2012

From picnic cups to vessels of the future

In the immediate decades after World War II, part of what it meant to be a contemporary artist in Japan was to belong to some kind of regular exhibiting institution. These organizations were different from the prewar institutions that continued, such as the government-sponsored ...

Kaori Watanabe: Preparing for the trials of adulthood

Dec 29, 2011

Kaori Watanabe: Preparing for the trials of adulthood

“Tradition,” and how one might relate to it, is often met with censure in contemporary art. It implies inheritance and repetition and is occasionally thought of as uncreative. None of this has to be true, but the tension between the tradition of nihonga (Japanese-style ...

Painting a picture of Yumeji Takehisa

Dec 15, 2011

Painting a picture of Yumeji Takehisa

A persistent and lingering myth is that Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934), who forwent conventional art training at a sanctioned institution and earned widespread popular appeal for all the things the arts were supposedly not, was unimportant to the fine arts. Originally, he had wanted to ...