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'Shoko Uemura'

May 21, 2014

'Shoko Uemura'

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Shoko Uemura (1902-2001) was the eldest son of renowned nihonga (Japanese-style) painter Shoen Uemura (1875-1949). Like his mother, Shoko trained in nihonga, and he became widely acclaimed for his kachō -ga (paintings of flowers and birds). Known to challenge the refined compositions of traditional ...

'Watercolorist: Tojiro Oshita'

May 14, 2014

'Watercolorist: Tojiro Oshita'

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As a writer, editor, presenter and designer, Tojiro Oshita (1870-1911) possessed many talents that contributed to and influenced his more famous work as a painter. He is often referred to as the father of Japanese watercolor painting, and his 1901 publication “Suisaiga no Shiori” ...

'Cosmos: The world of Kitaoji Rosanjin'

Apr 30, 2014

"Cosmos: The world of Kitaoji Rosanjin"

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Rosanjin Kitaoji (1883-1959) pursued a wide range of art, including writing, seal carving, pottery and lacquerware. But even outside of art, he was also known for being a gourmet, and even opened a first-class Japanese restaurant in 1923 called Hoshigaoka Saryou. Believing that “plates ...

'The People by Kishin'

Apr 2, 2014

'The People by Kishin'

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Photographer Kishin Shinoyama’s perceptive insight and virtual disregard of social norms have made him both an admirable pursuer of avant-gardism and a target of conservative criticism. This traveling exhibition, which debuted in Tokyo, is the first major retrospective of Kishin’s photography in Japan. Up ...