Mar 26, 2014

On light, wind — and good sake

by C.B. Liddell

Tokyo Station Gallery is one of the more interesting art venues in the city. Occupying part of the renovated Tokyo Station Building, it combines daring modern design with the building’s early 20th-century, red-brick charm. This also makes it a rather suitable venue for “Hakubakai ...

The many reinventions of Masamu Yanase

Mar 12, 2014

The many reinventions of Masamu Yanase

by Jeff Michael Hammond

If ever an artist was in a constant state of reinvention, it was Masamu Yanase (1900-1945), now the subject of a full-scale exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama. “Yanase Masamu: A Retrospective 1900-1945″ brings together more than 500 of the artist’s works, ...

'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 ...

Long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Utamaro found

Mar 3, 2014

Long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Utamaro found

A long-lost painting by ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro completed in the early 19th century has been discovered in Japan and will be put on public display for the first time in 66 years, a museum said Sunday. The painting, titled “Fukagawa no Yuki” (“Snow ...