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Japan's dark fantasies thrust back in the light

Jul 12, 2016

Japan's dark fantasies thrust back in the light

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In 1995, the multitalented Kyoichi Tsuzuki created a gorgeous, encyclopaedic book that visually documented the messy apartments of creative friends and acquaintances. The photography was beautiful, though Tsuzuki did not at the time consider himself a photographer, or have aspirations to be called an ...

Kyoto's Shokado museum showcases nature, tea ceremony, art

Jul 6, 2016

Kyoto's Shokado museum showcases nature, tea ceremony, art

The Shokado Garden Art Museum in a suburban Kyoto neighborhood offers a respite to visitors with its distinct seasonal variations of flora as well as recreated tea ceremony houses, calligraphy works and brush paintings — all associated with medieval Japanese Buddhist monk Shokado Shojo. ...

The embellished world of Kozan Miyagawa's ceramics

Jul 5, 2016

The embellished world of Kozan Miyagawa's ceramics

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In 1954-55, three Kyoto ceramists of the Sodeisha group of artists began a revolution by creating objects that fulfilled no practical role. Kazuo Yagi, Osamu Suzuki and Hikaru Yamada took away the mouths of vases or added several more to them, played with vessels’ ...

Paris' Pompidou waves the flag of French art

Jun 28, 2016

Paris' Pompidou waves the flag of French art

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Seven decades of art history; one masterpiece for every year, each created by a different artist from France or closely connected with the country; and all from the collection of an iconic Paris art institution — that’s the premise of the current exhibition at ...

Admiring the tarnished silver screen

Jun 28, 2016

Admiring the tarnished silver screen

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Old chewing gum, cheap carpet sticky from spilled drinks, sagging seats pitted with cigarette burns: Satoshi Chuma’s photographs of old cinemas on show at the National Film Center are fantastically evocative of the decline and fall of celluloid. Having spent several years working in ...

Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published in November

Jun 17, 2016

Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published in November

A sketchbook of drawings by Dutch post-impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered and will be published in November, the French publisher Seuil announced Thursday. “This sketchbook was known only to the owners, myself and the publisher,” Seuil official Bernard Comment said, calling ...

Renoir's true colors could rescue him from the haters

Jun 14, 2016

Renoir's true colors could rescue him from the haters

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It’s been a few years since the last big Pierre-Auguste Renoir exhibition in town. The last one, if I remember correctly, was “Renoir: Tradition & Innovation” at the National Art Center Tokyo (NACT). That brought over the French impressionist’s “Dance at Bougival” (1883), an ...

Three artists wondering in the darkness

Jun 14, 2016

Three artists wondering in the darkness

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Hajime Sawatari is 76 and alone. He’s technically still married, but found that photography and chasing skirt didn’t sit well with being in a monogamous relationship. “I want to be free to photograph what I want. I’m very self-centered,” he tells me, disarmingly. In ...