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'Vallotton: Fire Beneath the Ice'

Jun 11, 2014

'Vallotton: Fire Beneath the Ice'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In 1914, Swiss artist Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) was rejected by the French army because of his age. Unable to fight, he chose to express his feelings about World War I in what became one of his most-famous works, the wood-print series “This is War.” ...

'Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume'

Jun 11, 2014

'Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Russian ballet group Ballets Russes, founded by renown impresario and art critic Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) was not an ordinary troupe. It collaborated with many young individuals from various disciplines, including artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, composer Igor Stravinsky and designer Coco ...

'Go-Betweens: The World Seen Through Children'

May 28, 2014

'Go-Betweens: The World Seen Through Children'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

A pioneer of social-documentary photojournalism, Danish American social reformer Jacob Riis (1849-1914) used photography to help reveal the plight of impoverished immigrants in New York during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He used the term “go-betweens” to describe the children of the ...

'Jean Fautrier'

May 21, 2014

'Jean Fautrier'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

After being detained by the Gestapo for his involvement with the Resistance during World War II, Jean Fautrier (1898-1964) began working on the series “Hostages” as a response to the horrors that took place in German-occupied France. In expressing this dark theme, he developed ...

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

May 21, 2014

'Izumi Kato: Soft Vinyl Sculptures'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

As someone who liked to play with plastic Ultraman superhero and Kaiju monster toys as a child, Izumi Kato has been long familiar with soft vinyl, and since 2010, the artist has been using it to create sculptures. Unlike wood, which is often limited ...