'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

Feb 9, 2016

'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

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Feb. 6-March 27 British artist Aubrey Beardsley, a leader of the 19th-century aesthetic movement, was best-known for his bold — and, at times, erotic — black-and-white illustrations. Strongly influenced by art nouveau and Japonisme, it is perhaps unsurprising that Beardsley also inspired many Japanese ...

Japan's picture ID before World War II

Feb 2, 2016

Japan's picture ID before World War II

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Last year, the number of tourists coming into Japan outnumbered those going out for the first time in 45 years. In absolute terms, it may be the first time that tourism has properly taken off for this country, despite numerous attempts by various ministries ...

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

Jul 28, 2015

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

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Why would anybody want to go to war? For some of us it’s incomprehensible. For others, there will be circumstances that make war justifiable — or even desirable. History tells us that the former demographic is usually added to by members of the latter, ...

'Line in the Sand: Paul Davis'

Jan 29, 2015

'Line in the Sand: Paul Davis'

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Social satire and ironic humor are the trademarks of British illustrator Paul Davis, whose characters are usually portrayed in scribbled lines and accompanied by handwritten phrases or dialog. With clients as big as IBM, Sony and Mercedes Benz, Davis has won various awards for ...

Offbeat satire that finds the bizarre in the banal

Jan 15, 2015

Offbeat satire that finds the bizarre in the banal

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Sometimes the pen really is mightier than the sword — not only when it is deployed to capture in words the loftiest philosophical ruminations, but also when, through pictures, it causes heroes to tremble and fall. For skilled satirists, trenchant humor is a potent ...

'Bologna Illustrators Exhibition'

Aug 21, 2014

'Bologna Illustrators Exhibition'

Since 1978, the Otani Museum has held annual exhibitions of prize-winning books from the Bologna Book Fair’s illustration competition. This year there were 75 competition winners from 23 different countries, including 15 artists from Japan. This exhibition showcases winning books and features as its ...

'Koji Suzuki'

Jun 18, 2014

'Koji Suzuki'

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“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Where’s Waldo?” — these world-renowned children’s books feature some of the most vivid and unforgettable illustrations that retain places in the hearts of readers all the way into adulthood. In Japan, Koji Suzuki is ...

'The Snowman Fantasy World'

Dec 11, 2013

'The Snowman Fantasy World'

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This exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of the animated version of Raymond Briggs’ popular children’s book “The Snowman.” Originally written in 1978, the picture book was adapted for the screen by Dianne Jackson in 1982, and it has since captivated audiences worldwide. The story ...

'Alfons Mucha Unknown'

Oct 16, 2013

'Alfons Mucha Unknown'

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Alphonse Mucha, born in Moravia (now a part of the present-day Czech Republic) is best known for his theatrical decoration, oil paintings, posters and stamps. He began his career in Paris as an illustrator, where his poster design for the 1894 play “Gismonda,” starring ...

'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'

Jun 20, 2013

'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'

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Leo Lionni was an accomplished painter, sculptor and graphic designer, but he is best known as the acclaimed author and illustrator of popular children’s books such as “Swimmy” and “Frederick.” His illustrations are colorful and detailed, mixing a variety of mediums including oil paint, ...