Postwar art: What's wrong with controversy?

Aug 18, 2015

Postwar art: What's wrong with controversy?

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If you like controversy with your contemporary art “Postwar Art in Close Up” at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) may be the wrong exhibition to visit. Though it is tentatively presented as a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of ...

'Kuriki Tatsusuke: Retrospective'

Aug 18, 2015

'Kuriki Tatsusuke: Retrospective'

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Aug. 28-Sept. 27 Described by critics as modern and intelligent, the work of Tatsusuke Kuriki (1943-2013) focuses on the form of ceramics in relation to their decorative potential and the restrictions of clay as a material. Unlike traditional pottery that often highlights imperfection as ...

The spooky side of Sanyutei Encho

Aug 11, 2015

The spooky side of Sanyutei Encho

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For all sorts of reasons, summer is the season of ghosts in Japan. Accordingly, The University Art Museum in Tokyo is presenting an exhibition of work connected to Meiji Era (1867-1912) storyteller Sanyutei Encho (1839-1900). Encho practised the art of rakugo, a traditional and ...

'5th Anniversary Festival!!'

Aug 4, 2015

'5th Anniversary Festival!!'

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Aug. 10-30 Yoshimi Arts is celebrating its fifth anniversary with an exhibition that looks back on its history via the works of artists who have held opening shows there. The artists represented include Miki Sato, who was the first to hold an exhibition at ...

'Bakemono'

Jul 28, 2015

'Bakemono'

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Aug. 1-Sept. 13 “Bakemono” is a Japanese term to describe imaginary monsters, which in Japan have a long history in religion and culture. Traditional festivals, for example, feature creatures such as namahage demons, as well as rituals, including shishi-mai lion dancing, and the love ...

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

Jul 14, 2015

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

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Only a culinary visionary would declare in 1935: “If clothes make the person, dishes make the food.” He went on to explain, “Appropriate care must go into their selection, not only in terms of quality, but also to see that the size, depth, color ...

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

Jul 14, 2015

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

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On paper, “Manga * Anime * Games From Japan,” currently running at The National Art Center, Tokyo, sounds like a great show. The exhibition overview certainly makes a big pitch: “Transcending the boundaries of each individual medium to realize unparalleled artistic expression, Japanese manga, ...