The Louvre's spin on art history

May 12, 2015

The Louvre's spin on art history

by C.B. Liddell

The futuristic-looking National Art Center Tokyo (NACT) seems like a rather unusual venue for an exhibition of mainly 17th- and 18th-century European art sourced from Paris’s famous Louvre Museum. But while the Louvre’s collections are very much rooted in the past, the French institution ...

'Rene Magritte'

Mar 19, 2015

'Rene Magritte'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 25-June 29 It’s been 13 years since the last large-scale Rene Magritte (1898-1967) exhibition was held in Japan. Regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Magritte made the familiar unfamiliar by using ordinary subjects in unusual and thought-provoking ...

'17th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow'

Dec 11, 2014

'17th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

For the past 47 years, Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs has run overseas study programs for young artists, providing opportunities for them to experience new environments and gain different perspectives. Having given more than 3,000 artists such opportunities, the program’s annual Domani exhibition highlights ...

'Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume'

Jun 11, 2014

'Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Russian ballet group Ballets Russes, founded by renown impresario and art critic Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) was not an ordinary troupe. It collaborated with many young individuals from various disciplines, including artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, composer Igor Stravinsky and designer Coco ...

'Nakamura Kazumi'

Mar 12, 2014

'Nakamura Kazumi'

by Sang Woo Kim

The oil paintings of Kazumi Nakamura — sometimes visually simple as the works of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko, and at other times as complex as a Jackson Pollock — are the result of an exploration of the ultimate question of artists: “What is ...

The Powers behind American Pop Art

Aug 28, 2013

The Powers behind American Pop Art

by J.M. Hammond

Brash, bold and unabashedly low-brow, much of Pop Art took inspiration from the imagery of popular culture to forge what many consider to be the preeminent art form of the mid-20th century. Starting from the 1960s, art buyers John and Kimiko Powers amassed what ...