Stitches in time make fashion sublime

Mar 29, 2016

Stitches in time make fashion sublime

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All artistic practices inevitably borrow from the past, but fashion, in particular, seems to revel in revivals. Whether skillfully appropriated or brazenly duplicated, the familiar frequently finds its way back to the runway, be it in 1940s wide pants, ’50s flared skirts, ’60s babydoll ...

Hiroshi Hamaya: images of an inner war

Oct 6, 2015

Hiroshi Hamaya: images of an inner war

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Most active in the mid-20th century, the photographer Hiroshi Hamaya (1915-99) is best known for his folkloric images of rural life in Niigata Prefecture — images that some consider to be symbolic of his passive resistance to militarism, but for more critical voices are ...

How Japan's art inspired the West

Aug 14, 2014

How Japan's art inspired the West

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In the decades after Japan was forcibly opened to large-scale international trade in the early 1850s, a fever spread across Europe for items from the exotic country: its textiles, ceramics, paper fans, woodblock prints and more. Meanwhile, the term “Japonism” was coined to describe ...

Edward Steichen's great American Dream

Mar 7, 2013

Edward Steichen's great American Dream

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“I don’t think that many people in Japan know who Edward Steichen is,” says curator Miki Tsukada in a surprisingly honest comment about visitors to the Setagaya Art Museum’s current exhibition.