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'Marimekko: Design, Fabric, Lifestyle'

Apr 12, 2016

'Marimekko: Design, Fabric, Lifestyle'

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April 23-July 11 Founded in 1951, the popular Finnish textile and clothing company Marimekko is well known for its bold colors and organic, vibrant designs, in particular its “Unikko” poppy print by Maija Isola. This exhibition, which first ran at The Museum of Art, ...

'The Posters of Ikko Tanaka'

Apr 5, 2016

'The Posters of Ikko Tanaka'

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April 5-June 19 Posters are designed to attract attention — the really good ones also tempt their viewers to buy or do something. Graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) was arguably one of the best graphic designers in Japan, creating unique posters with bold geometric ...

'Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey'

Mar 29, 2016

'Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey'

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April 2-May 15 Edward Gorey’s detailed pen-and-ink drawings often conveyed a macabre mysteriousness through their shadowy figures and dark backgrounds. His knack of combining the eerie and sometimes unsettling with underlying humor won him many fans, and he became well known for illustrating a ...

'Tomioka Tessai Retrospective'

Mar 8, 2016

'Tomioka Tessai Retrospective'

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March 12-May 8 Described as the last artist to paint bunjinga (literati painting, influenced by traditional Chinese culture) and as one of the first to pursue nihonga (Japanese style painting), Tessai Tomioka (1836-1924) left behind many masterpieces. These include shinkei-zu paintings of scenery that ...

'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

Feb 9, 2016

'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

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Feb. 6-March 27 British artist Aubrey Beardsley, a leader of the 19th-century aesthetic movement, was best-known for his bold — and, at times, erotic — black-and-white illustrations. Strongly influenced by art nouveau and Japonisme, it is perhaps unsurprising that Beardsley also inspired many Japanese ...

'Shimura Fukumi'

Feb 2, 2016

'Shimura Fukumi'

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Feb. 2-March 21 Living National Treasure Fukumi Shimura is a master of senshoku dyeing and weaving, who brings kimono to life with colorful designs using only natural dyes derived from plants. In 2014 she was awarded the 30th Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy ...