'Hishida Shunso: A Retrospective'

Sep 18, 2014

'Hishida Shunso: A Retrospective'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To celebrate the 140th year since the birth of Shunso Hishida (1874-1911), the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is presenting more than 100 of the modern Japanese painter’s masterpieces. Though Hishida died at the age of 36 and was an active artist for ...

'Tomotaka Yasui: Silence'

Sep 18, 2014

'Tomotaka Yasui: Silence'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Tomotaka Yasui is the fifth artist to be featured in The Hakone Open-Air Museum’s series of exhibitions showcasing young contemporary sculptors. His signature works are statues of ordinary-looking bob-haired girls in colorful dresses, not a likely subject when considering contemporary sculpture. However, these girls’ ...

'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'

Aug 28, 2014

'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Though already established in Japan as an artist with exceptional drawing skills, Tomoo Gokita gained a strong cult following after the 2000 publication of “Lingerie Wrestling,” a book of charcoal and ink drawings. He is also known for CD cover designs, such as his ...

'Iwasaki Collection: From Confucius to Ukiyo-e'

Aug 28, 2014

'Iwasaki Collection: From Confucius to Ukiyo-e'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To commemorate its 90th anniversary, Toyo Bunko, Japan’s largest Asian studies library, is exhibiting in its museum the Iwasaki Collection, originally collated by founder Hisaya Iwasaki (1865-1955), Mitsubishi’s third president. Displayed works include Japanese, Chinese and English writings, such as the Important Cultural Property ...

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

Jun 25, 2014

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

by John L. Tran

Perhaps in the wake of this attack on seriousness, many artists have since taken refuge in childishness, whimsy or playfulness, though these values have been carefully rationed in "Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children," with the emphasis being more on showing childhood as a ...

The evolution of Seiki Kuroda

Jun 25, 2014

The evolution of Seiki Kuroda

by Matthew Larking

In all too-common sophomoric slight to artists is: "A child could have done that." Seiki Kuroda (1866-1924), the most significant Western-style painter in Japan's early modern history, however, shows that even some young adults can not accomplish what takes years to hone.