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The colorful combination of power and art

Aug 9, 2016

The colorful combination of power and art

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Each part of Italy has its own character, but Venice has always been something special and unique. While much of Italy was reduced to insignificant statelets, for much of the peninsula’s history Venice was quite the reverse. It projected power far across the Mediterranean ...

Aug 9, 2016

Foujita's struggle between Paris and Tokyo

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Few Japanese artists have received the extremes of acclaim and censure that Leonard Foujita (Tsuguharu Fujita, 1886-1968) has. Based in Paris from 1913 he became Japan’s only painter of international significance at that time, and by the 1920s, he commanded prices comparable to Picasso. ...

The earliest memes also had humor

Aug 2, 2016

The earliest memes also had humor

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The curators at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) have decided that Japan, a country well-known for its own print art, should know more about the print art of Europe. In this endeavor, they have chosen the work of Israhel van Meckenem (c. ...

'Erotopia Japan' exhibition mourns fading sex culture

Aug 1, 2016

'Erotopia Japan' exhibition mourns fading sex culture

A sex exhibition smack in the middle of one of Tokyo’s hippest areas is shining a nostalgic light on Japanese erotica — a culture the curator believes is dying out. Kyoichi Tsuzuki’s “Erotopia Japan” deals with Japanese sexuality and fantasies, the gallery located in ...

Harlem burgeons as an art gallery district

Jul 31, 2016

Harlem burgeons as an art gallery district

The opening of the Clara Francis Gallery on Wednesday in a renovated Harlem storefront was an exciting moment for Haile King Rubie. It was the first solo show for the 26-year-old painter, whose expressive works are all the more remarkable because he was born ...

Spooky beasts keep haunting Japan's art

Jul 19, 2016

Spooky beasts keep haunting Japan's art

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Seething masses of people crushed together in searing heat; empty-eyed wraiths, heads drooping in despair, shuffling to and fro — waiting for the time when they will be released their suffering. Tokyo can be hell in July and August. It isn’t all bad though; ...

The Renaissance rebranding of Italy

Jul 19, 2016

The Renaissance rebranding of Italy

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Every country tries to find an image that its people can believe in and unite around. Britain recently decided to become an island in its own right instead of a “Continental” country, tied mainly to the European Union. Japan, meanwhile, still seems caught between ...

The fall and rise of the Empire line

Jul 12, 2016

The fall and rise of the Empire line

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The Pola Art Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and as part of this, the Pola Museum of Art has organized an ambitious exhibition that aims to present a cross-disciplinary view of art, product design and women’s fashion of 19th- and early 20th-century ...

Japan's dark fantasies thrust back in the light

Jul 12, 2016

Japan's dark fantasies thrust back in the light

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In 1995, the multitalented Kyoichi Tsuzuki created a gorgeous, encyclopaedic book that visually documented the messy apartments of creative friends and acquaintances. The photography was beautiful, though Tsuzuki did not at the time consider himself a photographer, or have aspirations to be called an ...