Giant Japanese-designed public artwork divides opinion in Sydney

Jul 30, 2014

Giant Japanese-designed public artwork divides opinion in Sydney

A giant Japanese-designed public artwork that will straddle Sydney’s primary street was unveiled Tuesday, dividing opinion with supporters saying it will boost the city’s reputation and critics calling it “stupid.” The steel Cloud Arch, designed by Tokyo-based Junya Ishigami, will tower up to 50 ...

Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free-speech protest

Jul 15, 2014

Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free-speech protest

The arrest of a Tokyo artist on obscenity charges for distributing data that allowed recipients to make 3-D prints of her vagina has sparked protests over what supporters say is an attack on free expression. Megumi Igarashi, 42, who calls herself Rokudenashi-ko (“a no-good ...

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

Jun 28, 2014

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

by Christopher Sullivan

For the painters, musicians, sculptors and writers who have inspired this art-loving country for centuries, their works are the truest memorials, whether concertos of Antonio Vivaldi still regularly performed in the Venice church where he served as violin master or Michelangelo’s masterpieces that pack ...

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

Jun 25, 2014

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

by Makoto Sekiya

A growing number of people with disabilities are winning recognition artistically and commercially as their works of art and design find their way into more galleries and shops. Last November, the Hikarie shopping mall in Shibuya held an exhibition and sale of artworks produced ...

Picasso painting reveals hidden man

Jun 17, 2014

Picasso painting reveals hidden man

Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips ...

Israel desert ablaze with own version of Burning Man

Jun 10, 2014

Israel desert ablaze with own version of Burning Man

For the Bedouin Arab shepherds tending their flocks in Israel’s Negev desert last week, it was almost as if aliens had landed from outer space. Some 3,000 people set up a colorful encampment in the dusty moonscape, swinging from hoops by day and burning ...

Fans go nuts for Shiga banana carver

| Jun 6, 2014

Fans go nuts for Shiga banana carver

An electrician by day and banana artist by night, Keisuke Yamada has attained renown at home and abroad for his banana sculptures. Working with a spoon and toothpick, the 27-year-old resident of Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, carves comical faces or popular manga characters on bananas. ...