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Deutsche Bank sets the right standard

Nov 3, 2015

Deutsche Bank sets the right standard

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There is an image in the Deutsche Bank Collection exhibition at the Hara Museum that, at first sight, seems slightly out of place. It is a street scene in New York that glows in the warm light of a sunset. Office workers can be ...

Kyoto's Rinpa school is moving in many ways

Nov 3, 2015

Kyoto's Rinpa school is moving in many ways

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At this moment, the Kyoto National Museum is showcasing some extraordinarily breathtaking work. Three sets of “Wind God” and “Thunder God” screens by three major Rinpa (also known as Rimpa) artists are being displayed together in the same location for the first time in ...

Hiroji Kubota's lens is a witness to history

Oct 24, 2015

Hiroji Kubota's lens is a witness to history

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Photographer Hiroji Kubota believes that “everyone has a great drama to tell.” With the release of his retrospective photo book, simply titled “Hiroji Kubota Photographer,” now it’s his turn to tell his. As the sole Japanese member of Magnum Photos, the international collective founded ...

Monet's experiments meet his masterpieces

Oct 20, 2015

Monet's experiments meet his masterpieces

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To anyone familiar with art exhibitions in Japan, it is clear that Impressionism is one of the most well-known and most-loved of all the “isms” and movements of Western art. The name of the movement is believed to have come from a 1872 painting ...

New York's Met showing 150 newly donated Japanese art treasures

Oct 20, 2015

New York's Met showing 150 newly donated Japanese art treasures

An exhibition of 150 important Japanese artworks is being held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It includes a statue of the Buddhist deity known as Fudo Myoo by sculptor Kaikei, who lived in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The ...

Pow! Wow! to pack a punch in Tokyo

Oct 13, 2015

Pow! Wow! to pack a punch in Tokyo

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Inspiration comes in many forms: It could be a piece of artwork that changes your vision of the world, or it could be a phone call from a friend that spawns an international art phenomenon. In 2010, artist Jasper Wong was running a small ...

Usugrow feels the art of skulls in his bones

Oct 13, 2015

Usugrow feels the art of skulls in his bones

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With shows four times a year, Diesel Art Gallery in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward is one of the best free art venues in Tokyo and is well worth checking out. Located in the basement of the clothes brand shop, it puts on consistently good shows ...

Hiroshi Hamaya: images of an inner war

Oct 6, 2015

Hiroshi Hamaya: images of an inner war

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Most active in the mid-20th century, the photographer Hiroshi Hamaya (1915-99) is best known for his folkloric images of rural life in Niigata Prefecture — images that some consider to be symbolic of his passive resistance to militarism, but for more critical voices are ...

First impressions of the late impressionists

Oct 6, 2015

First impressions of the late impressionists

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Any great story tends to focus on a limited number of characters, with everybody else either reduced to anonymity or the status of extras. In literary fiction or movies this is never a problem, but when the narrative is a historical one, it can ...

The changing views of landscape painting

Sep 29, 2015

The changing views of landscape painting

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There are many ways in which an art exhibition can make a positive impression, but the two main ones are through the quality of the artworks and the narrative that ties these together. The present exhibition at Bunkamura The Museum is rather weak on ...

What lies behind the bright lights of the city

Sep 29, 2015

What lies behind the bright lights of the city

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When visitors enter The Container, the micro-gallery housed inside Bross hair salon in Tokyo’s Nakameguro neighborhood, they’ll be faced with a faintly illuminated photograph that divides the space into two. The artwork, which forms the center of Suzanne Mooney’s solo show, titled “A Few ...