'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'

Aug 28, 2014

'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Though already established in Japan as an artist with exceptional drawing skills, Tomoo Gokita gained a strong cult following after the 2000 publication of “Lingerie Wrestling,” a book of charcoal and ink drawings. He is also known for CD cover designs, such as his ...

To perceive is to see Felix Vallotton's genius at work

Jul 17, 2014

To perceive is to see Felix Vallotton's genius at work

by C.B. Liddell

The art of the Swiss painter Felix Vallotton is both deceptive and loaded with revelation. On the surface it has the knowing sophistication and social references of other fin-de-siècle art — Vallotton was active from the 1880s until his death in 1925 — but ...

The evolution of Seiki Kuroda

Jun 25, 2014

The evolution of Seiki Kuroda

by Matthew Larking

In all too-common sophomoric slight to artists is: "A child could have done that." Seiki Kuroda (1866-1924), the most significant Western-style painter in Japan's early modern history, however, shows that even some young adults can not accomplish what takes years to hone.

'Koji Suzuki'

Jun 18, 2014

'Koji Suzuki'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

“Where the Wild Things Are,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Where’s Waldo?” — these world-renowned children’s books feature some of the most vivid and unforgettable illustrations that retain places in the hearts of readers all the way into adulthood. In Japan, Koji Suzuki is ...

Picasso painting reveals hidden man

Jun 17, 2014

Picasso painting reveals hidden man

Scientists and art experts have found a hidden painting beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces, “The Blue Room,” using advances in infrared imagery to reveal a bow-tied man with his face resting on his hand. Now the question that conservators at The Phillips ...

'Vallotton: Fire Beneath the Ice'

Jun 11, 2014

'Vallotton: Fire Beneath the Ice'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In 1914, Swiss artist Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) was rejected by the French army because of his age. Unable to fight, he chose to express his feelings about World War I in what became one of his most-famous works, the wood-print series “This is War.” ...

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

May 14, 2014

Before the vividness of France came the simplicity of Holland

by C.B. Liddell

It must be something of a Faustian bargain buying a Post-Impressionist painting for a record-breaking price. In 1987, Yasuo Goto, president of Yasuda Fire & Marine Insurance Co., bought Van Gogh’s “Vase with Fifteen Sunflowers” (1888) for $39 million. Perhaps due to that daring ...