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'Nakamura Kazumi'

Mar 12, 2014

'Nakamura Kazumi'

by Sang Woo Kim

The oil paintings of Kazumi Nakamura — sometimes visually simple as the works of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, and at other times as complex as a Jackson Pollock — are the result of an exploration of the ultimate question of artists: “What is ...

'Edo and Kyo: The Townscape  in Asia'

Mar 12, 2014

'Edo and Kyo: The Townscape in Asia'

by Sang Woo Kim

Downtown Kyoto was once known as Rakuchu or Rakuyo-jo (Castle of Luoyang), its name derived from a Han Dynasty capital of China. As the name suggests, Kyoto not only has a unique history involving China, but its urban planning was modeled after Chinese capitals: ...

'Island View:  Why Artists Focus on Islands'

Feb 12, 2014

'Island View: Why Artists Focus on Islands'

by Hanna Lange

More of an observation than a scholarly title, this exhibition, organized by Tokyo Wonder Site gallery with the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, explores a recent trend of young artists choosing “islands” as a topic for their work. Some of the artists ...

'Hina Dolls of  the Mitsui Family'

Feb 5, 2014

'Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family'

by Hanna Lange

In Japan, girls are traditionally given hina doll sets, which are put on display throughout the Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Festival) season in March each year. Usually, each girl of the family will receive her own set, which she keeps throughout her life. This exhibition displays ...

Jan 29, 2014

'Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal'

by Hanna Lange

When most people think of Pop Art, they visualize the colorful Marilyn Monroe portrait by Andy Warhol. But how many of us get the opportunity to see the original? As the largest Warhol exhibition ever to be presented in Japan, “15 Minutes Eternal” is ...

'Pre-Raphaelites:  Victorian Avant Garde'

Jan 22, 2014

'Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde'

by Hanna Lange

In London, 1848, a group of young pioneering artists began to shake the mid-19th-century British art world by combining rebellion and revivalism with scientific precision and the imagination. They took inspiration from early Renaissance painting and willfully challenged artistic conventions, calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite ...