The many reinventions of Masamu Yanase

Mar 12, 2014

The many reinventions of Masamu Yanase

by Jeff Michael Hammond

If ever an artist was in a constant state of reinvention, it was Masamu Yanase (1900-1945), now the subject of a full-scale exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama. “Yanase Masamu: A Retrospective 1900-1945″ brings together more than 500 of the artist’s works, ...

'Nakamura Kazumi'

Mar 12, 2014

'Nakamura Kazumi'

by Sang Woo Kim

The oil paintings of Kazumi Nakamura — sometimes visually simple as the works of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, and at other times as complex as a Jackson Pollock — are the result of an exploration of the ultimate question of artists: “What is ...

Long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Utamaro found

Mar 3, 2014

Long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Utamaro found

A long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro completed in the early 19th century has been discovered in Japan and will be put on public display for the first time in 66 years, a museum said Sunday. The painting, titled “Fukagawa no Yuki” (“Snow ...

'The Masterpieces of Nihonga'

Jan 22, 2014

'The Masterpieces of Nihonga'

by Hanna Lange

This exhibition of nihonga (Japanese-style painting) is divided into various themes and comprises works from the late 19th century to today, collected from 60 different locations in Japan. Highlights include a display of six designated Important Cultural Properties, one of which depicts the Buddhist ...