It's time to wise up to academic art

Jul 24, 2014

It's time to wise up to academic art

by C.B. Liddell

For too long the fine academic art of the 19th-century has lingered in the shadow of the Impressionist movement. The French Academy, with its rules and standards, has often been cast as the villain in the story of the period, standing in opposition to ...

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 ...

'16th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition'

Dec 18, 2013

'16th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition'

by Marie Omata

This is the 16th annual show of up-and-coming Japanese artists who have studied on the Overseas Study Program for Artists, funded by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. This program has offered young, promising artists in all genres overseas opportunities since 1967, and the “Domani” ...

Divided opinions on Divisionism

Nov 6, 2013

Divided opinions on Divisionism

by C.B. Liddell

By the time you get to the end of the Divisionism exhibition, now showing at the National Art Center Tokyo, you realize that this strand in the history of art is more about the journey than the destination. It’s like traveling through a world ...

Jun 27, 2013

'Andreas Gursky'

by Natasha Vik

Hailing from Germany, Andreas Gursky has long been one of the most revered names in contemporary photography. In his images, Gursky captures the repeated patterns of cityscapes on such a massive scale that they almost appear abstract. This exhibition, which is Gursky’s first solo ...