Oct 27, 2014

Avant-garde artist, writer Genpei Akasegawa dies

GENPEI AKASEGAWA Avant-garde artist Genpei Akasegawa died of blood poisoning at a Tokyo hospital Sunday morning. He was 77. Born Katsuhiko Akasegawa in Yokohama, he attended Musashino Art School, now Musashino Art University, in Tokyo, but dropped out before graduating. He started exhibiting at ...

Jul 20, 2013

Paying a price in Japan for showing up authority


After Japan’s defeat in World II, its art world fell into the same flux as the rest of the society, as the rules and values that had governed it for decades suddenly vanished. Styles and movements once censored and banned, from Soviet-style socialist realism ...