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Ryan McGinley: youth laid bare

Jun 7, 2016

Ryan McGinley: youth laid bare

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In 1980s America the art scene fawned over the infamous “Brat Pack” group of writers that included Bret Easton Ellis, Jay McInerney, Donna Tartt and Tama Janowitz. They portrayed American (privileged) youth in that decade like it was — with all their nitty gritty ...

Japan's conflicted art of World War II

Jun 7, 2016

Japan's conflicted art of World War II

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The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art’s current exhibition, “1945±5: The Works that Survived through the Turbulent and Reconstruction Era,” showcases modern Japanese art five years either side of the pivotal end of World War II. It addresses oil painting and mostly follows a conventional ...

Looking back on Cy Twombly

May 31, 2016

Looking back on Cy Twombly

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For “Cy Twombly Photographs: Lyrical Variations” Chiba Prefecture’s Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art brings together exactly 100 photographs, chronologically arranged to span the length of the artist’s career. A selection of prints, paintings and sculptures are also being shown, to be reconsidered in ...

A liberating walk through the woods

May 31, 2016

A liberating walk through the woods

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Painters and trees have a lot in common. Both are light-catchers: the painter looks at the world around him and tries to capture it, while a tree catches the light in order to grow. Trees are also part of the world that many artists ...

There's history in the making of these dolls

May 28, 2016

There's history in the making of these dolls

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An artist based in Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido is in demand for her remarkably lifelike clay figurines of famous historical figures. Mika Takayama, 47, who lives in Sapporo, calls the 15-centimeter-tall figurines made of oven-bake clay chima chima ningyō (tiny little dolls). Takayama ...

Caravaggio: Art that has been through the wars

May 17, 2016

Caravaggio: Art that has been through the wars

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“In Italy, for 30 years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? ...

The many portraits of an artist as a young, and older, man

May 17, 2016

The many portraits of an artist as a young, and older, man

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As photographer Yasumasa Morimura has predominantly made his name since 1985 in eccentric self-portraiture involving impersonations of famous people, his current exhibition is conceptually and structurally all autobiography. It is a tale serially told through chapters with a beginning, middle-stage developments and a seemingly ...

The Medici loved trinkets of power

May 10, 2016

The Medici loved trinkets of power

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For over three centuries the Medici family dominated Renaissance Florence and much of its economic, political and cultural life. In the arts, the wealthy family is largely remembered for its patronage of painting, sculpture and grand architecture, but a new exhibition at the Tokyo ...

Ito Jakuchu: Quite the rare bird

May 10, 2016

Ito Jakuchu: Quite the rare bird

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The best time to see Ito Jakuchu’s work was back in 2000 or 2006, when there were two major exhibitions that aimed to re-evaluate the underappreciated 18th-century Kyoto painter. Now that re-evaluation has picked up plenty of steam we are currently experiencing a powerful ...