Exploring Japan's ancient capital inside and out

Oct 16, 2013

Exploring Japan's ancient capital inside and out

by Rhiannon Paget

Beneath Kyoto, the destination par excellence of tourists, aesthetes, and historians, are the scars and ashes of a much older capital of Japan. Founded in 794 as the seat of imperial authority, after a devastating civil war from 1467 to 1477, the city was ...

Kansetsu Hashimoto's Chinese rebellion

Sep 25, 2013

Kansetsu Hashimoto's Chinese rebellion

by Matthew Larking

From the end of the Edo Period (1603-1867), Japanese art began to shift its fundamental cultural orientation from China to Europe. Kansetsu Hashimoto, however, (1883-1945) initially abjured, and this had much to do with his upbringing Born in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, his father was ...

<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 ...

'Hashimoto Kansetsu Retrospective'

Sep 11, 2013

'Hashimoto Kansetsu Retrospective'

by Jordan Sievers

In honor of the 130th anniversary of nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artist Kansetsu Hashimoto’s birth, the Hyogo Museum presents around 70 of his most famous works. As a scholar of Chinese culture and history, Hashimoto’s artistic style mirrors that of traditional Chinese folklore, featuring elegantly ...

The different brush strokes of Tani Buncho

Jul 17, 2013

The different brush strokes of Tani Buncho

by Rhiannon Paget

The latest exhibition at the Suntory Museum of Art commemorates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Tani Buncho — a painter, connoisseur and art historian of formidable energy and with an insatiable drive for knowledge. Of samurai lineage, Buncho underwent foundational art training ...

Art that bloomed with the Feinbergs

Jun 27, 2013

Art that bloomed with the Feinbergs

by C.B. Liddell

As a simple matter of economic convenience, some of the best art collections in the world started out going against established taste. By avoiding what was already highly valued — and therefore expensive — collectors could build up impressive collections that could then help ...