'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 ...

A round trip to Takeoka's world

Mar 8, 2016

A round trip to Takeoka's world

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“From a Pedestal into Space,” at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO), is Yuji Takeoka’s first major retrospective in Japan, featuring works from the 1980s to today. On entering the museum’s vast gallery space, you will find it populated with minimalist sculptures of ...

'Mariko Mori: Cycloid'

Mar 8, 2016

'Mariko Mori: Cycloid'

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March 11-April 23 New York-based contemporary artist Mariko Mori made a name for herself during the 1990s, creating works such as “Play With Me,” which incorporated the Japanese otaku (obsessive fan) influences of anime and cosplay into art. Her recent works, however, are in ...

'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 ...

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

Mar 1, 2016

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

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Weaver and dyer Fukumi Shimura’s (b.1924) inherited an interest in craft from her mother, Toyo Ono, who made inroads through the early 20th-century mingei (folk crafts) movement led by philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi. Introduced to the lacquer artistan Tatsuaki Kuroda in 1956, Shimura began to ...

Takashi Murakami collects more than just his thoughts

Feb 16, 2016

Takashi Murakami collects more than just his thoughts

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“Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection” is an exhibition of other people’s work, amassed as the result of one man’s phenomenally successful artistic career. It’s evidence that Murakami must have done something right, or wrong, depending on your view of culture. He’s sometimes portrayed as a ...

'Zakka: Goods and Things'

Feb 16, 2016

'Zakka: Goods and Things'

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Feb. 26-June 5 During Japan’s postwar economic boom, the term “zakka,” which literally means “uncategorizable things,” was usually used for mundane everyday tools and objects such as kettles, brooms and buckets. Since then, it has evolved to mean miscellaneous goods of a much broader ...