'Born Here, Yet to Be Born Here'

Oct 23, 2014

'Born Here, Yet to Be Born Here'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

On Oct. 29, Nakamuraya, a restaurant founded in 1901 in Shinjuku that became famous for Indian curry as well as Western- and Japanese-style confectionery, is opening a new building that will include the Nakamuraya Salon Museum on the third floor. Its inaugural exhibition, “Born ...

'Millet, Barbizon and Fontainebleau'

Oct 16, 2014

'Millet, Barbizon and Fontainebleau'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This traveling Jean-Francois Millet (1814-1875) exhibition has finally reached Tokyo’s Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo, bringing his masterpiece “The Sower” to the city for the first time in 30 years. “The Sower” is the first painting recognized in art history to feature agriculture as its ...

The Royal Academy gazed beyond its shores

Sep 25, 2014

The Royal Academy gazed beyond its shores

by C.B. Liddell

If last week’s Scottish independence referendum achieved anything, it raised awareness of Britain and Britishness. But for a few hundred thousand votes, here is a nation that could have ceased to be. But just what is Britishness? A visit to “Genius and Ambition: The ...

Taking a pictorial trip to Normandy

Sep 18, 2014

Taking a pictorial trip to Normandy

by C.B. Liddell

“Normandie — L’Estuaire de la Seine: L’Invention d’Un Paysage” (“Normandy — The Seine Estuary: The invention of a Landscape” is an exhibition at the Sompo Japan Museum of Art that recently changed its name to Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art. Just as the ...

Tomoo Gokita's painterly coup

Sep 11, 2014

Tomoo Gokita's painterly coup

by Taro Nettleton

In a 2000, Gokita likened the relationship between fine artists and illustrators to that of martial artists and professional wrestlers. "These days, though, wrestlers beat martial artists in MMA matches," he noted. "If I could do that in art, then I'm fine being an ...

'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 ...