Gain the courage to scream with Yoko Ono

Dec 29, 2015

Gain the courage to scream with Yoko Ono

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The conceit of “From My Window” — an exhibition that covers Yoko Ono as a conceptual artist from the 1950s onwards — is to focus on her connection with Tokyo. Since it’s at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Contemporary Art, maybe that’s to be ...

Smiling between the lines of ukiyo-e

Dec 15, 2015

Smiling between the lines of ukiyo-e

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Some art collectors enjoy the eclectic, picking up art pieces opportunistically — even randomly — usually when they find something at the right price. Others have more streamlined tastes and focus on a theme or genre, building up more consistent collections. The result of ...

'Prayers to Water'

Dec 15, 2015

'Prayers to Water'

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Dec. 16-Feb. 7 As an island, Japan has always been strongly influenced by water. Water has not only been revered in religion and culture, but also in the Japanese language, with references to it in idioms such as “mizu no shitataru,” which literally translates ...

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

Dec 8, 2015

Dressing up the fabric of time in Kobe

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A dazzling show of 100 detailed replicas of historical women’s garments, “Kimono: From the Kofun to the Edo Period” at the Kobe Fashion Museum takes us back in time in two ways. The first way is obvious. The time span of the costumes on ...

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2015'

Dec 8, 2015

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2015'

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Nov. 26-Dec. 20 This is the fourth edition of Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’s series of annual exhibitions showcasing Japan’s contemporary artists. As a group show to support up-and-coming artists, five exhibitions — “You Can See it (But You Can’t Feel it),” “Is it possible: ...

'Ishuretsuo: The Image of Ezo'

Dec 8, 2015

'Ishuretsuo: The Image of Ezo'

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Dec. 15-Feb. 7 Hakyo Kakizaki’s 1790 series of paintings “Ishuretsuzo,” which portrays the influential figures of Hokkaido’s Ainu people, was praised by the Emperor and feudal lords of its time and has since been copied and replicated many times. Usually housed at Museum of ...

There is a lot going on behind the closed doors of shunga

Dec 1, 2015

There is a lot going on behind the closed doors of shunga

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Japan’s first major shunga (literally, “spring pictures”) exhibition of erotic paintings and woodblock prints, is surprisingly hard work. As a venue for a ground-breaking assembly of images, which probably would not have been shown publicly if it were not for a highly successful shunga ...

'The Art of Furuya Usamaru'

Dec 1, 2015

'The Art of Furuya Usamaru'

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Dec. 1-Jan. 11 To commemorate the 20th year of Usamaru Furuya’s career as an manga author, the Vanilla Gallery is holding what will be the artist’s second exhibition of works in his lifetime. Known for his cult horror series “Lychee Light Club,” which has ...

The ripple effect of Tawaraya Sotatsu's waves

Nov 17, 2015

The ripple effect of Tawaraya Sotatsu's waves

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‘The most important Japanese artist you’ve never heard of.” That is how James Ulak, senior curator of Japanese art at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, describes Tawaraya Sotatsu, the focus of the gallery’s current magnificent exhibition. The show presents the first in-depth ...