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'Miyagawa Kozan Retrospective'

May 10, 2016

'Miyagawa Kozan Retrospective'

Until July 31 As a leading ceramist during the Meiji and Taisho years, Miyagawa Kozan is most famous for developing a new technique called taka-ukibori (sculptural relief). These works, which were designed to appeal to Western visitors to Japan, introduced a decorative three-dimensional aspect ...

'Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibition'

Apr 19, 2016

'Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibition'

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April 27-June 26 To mark the 55th anniversary of the sister-city affiliation between Detroit, Michigan, and Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition of works from the Detroit Institute of Arts. Among the 52 European masterpieces of this ...

'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 ...