Best of the West tops this year's major shows

Dec 25, 2013

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

by C.B. Liddell

Japan occupies an odd niche in the art world. Its own indigenous artistic traditions are balanced against an almost fanboy fascination with certain aspects of the canon of Western art, while there is an often half-hearted attempt to stay plugged into the global contemporary ...

'Josef Koudelka Retrospective'

Nov 6, 2013

'Josef Koudelka Retrospective'

by Joseph Sievers

Josef Koudelka is one of today’s most well-respected photographers, known especially for the gritty and authentic depictions of everyday life in his two series documenting underprivileged classes: “Gypsies” and “Exiles.” His career began in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s, when he first gained attention for ...

<em>Nihonga</em>: without the hand over the eye

Sep 18, 2013

Nihonga: without the hand over the eye

by C.B. Liddell

At its essential level, art is a battle between the eye and the hand; the first representing sensory input, the second artistic habit and convention. When the hand outweighs the eye, art can become over-stylized, clichéd, and eventually dead. Asian art has been particularly ...

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

Jul 10, 2013

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

by Stuart Munro

Beside Stephan Balkenhol’s sculpture “Big Head with Three Part Relief” a note reads, “Nothing here is as it should be.” This figureless “head” set against a black void represents “Mr. Everyman,” that common figure, detached from his surround and considering his place in the ...