Idem Paris: Worlds apart and yet so close

Jan 12, 2016

Idem Paris: Worlds apart and yet so close

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Before photography became a relatively affordable pastime at the beginning of the 20th century, lithographic prints were touted as the democratic image-making medium that could reach all classes of society. At the same time, because the design was drawn directly onto stone, it could ...

'Tsukuhae'

Sep 15, 2015

'Tsukuhae'

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Sept. 19-Nov. 3 When Tokyo Station was established in 1914, three art students — Kyokichi Tanaka, Shizuo Fujimori and Koshiro Onchi — launched a magazine called Tsukuhae, which means reflection of the moon. In keeping with its title, the magazine featured the three artists’ ...

Art's 20th-century identity crisis

Apr 7, 2015

Art's 20th-century identity crisis

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The 20th century is rather like the teenager who never grew up — a century that saw itself as perpetually young, as the “modernist” culmination of history rather than part of the historical process. In short, an age guilty of “chronocentricism.” But, like all ...

'Discover, Discover Japan'

Sep 11, 2014

'Discover, Discover Japan'

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In October 1970, Japanese National Railways launched its Discover Japan advertising campaign in the hopes of keeping and cultivating the increased number of railway users that it had gained during the Japan World Exposition, which had finished a month earlier. With Wakao Fujioka of ...

'Jean Fautrier'

May 21, 2014

'Jean Fautrier'

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After being detained by the Gestapo for his involvement with the Resistance during World War II, Jean Fautrier (1898-1964) began working on the series “Hostages” as a response to the horrors that took place in German-occupied France. In expressing this dark theme, he developed ...

'Shohachi Kimura'

Mar 28, 2013

'Shohachi Kimura'

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Shohachi Kimura (1893-1958) developed an early interest in foreign novels and other facets of Western culture. He first aspired to become a writer, but changed his mind at age 18 to pursue art and painting. Still interested in literature, however, he often contributed illustrations ...