The Royal Academy gazed beyond its shores

Sep 25, 2014

The Royal Academy gazed beyond its shores

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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

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“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

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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'

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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

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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

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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.