Early days for Sejima's Hokusai museum

Dec 6, 2016

Early days for Sejima's Hokusai museum

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At some point in the future, the new Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo will be considered with great affection by a lot of people. Like Tokyo Tower and Starck’s Asahi Beer Hall — which have had their fair share of criticism but are now ...

The Anatomy of Colors

Oct 18, 2016

The Anatomy of Colors

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Oct. 22-Dec. 18 This exhibition showcases the complicated process of creating colored pigments by taking a close look at the materials used to produce the vibrant woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1603-1868). Around 100 works, including original and replica kuniezu (provincial maps of ...

'Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e'

Aug 2, 2016

'Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e'

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Aug. 2-Aug. 28 The game kimodameshi can be a scary way to chill your bones on a hot summer night. It involves daring a friend to venture into a supposedly haunted place and return with some kind of souvenir to prove their courage. The ...

Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record €745,000 in Paris

Jun 23, 2016

Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record €745,000 in Paris

A Japanese woodblock print from the Edo Period fetched €745,000 ($841,000) at auction in Paris, setting a world record for both the genre and the artist, Kitagawa Utamaro, the auctioneer said. The work by the 18th-century artist, titled “Deeply Hidden Love” (“Fukaku Shinobu Koi”), ...

'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

Feb 9, 2016

'Aubrey Beardsley and Japan'

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Feb. 6-March 27 British artist Aubrey Beardsley, a leader of the 19th-century aesthetic movement, was best-known for his bold — and, at times, erotic — black-and-white illustrations. Strongly influenced by art nouveau and Japonisme, it is perhaps unsurprising that Beardsley also inspired many Japanese ...

'Katsukawa Shunsho: Master of Hokusai'

Feb 2, 2016

'Katsukawa Shunsho: Master of Hokusai'

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Feb. 2-March 27 To celebrate the 290th anniversary of Katsukawa Shunsho, the Ukiyo-e Memorial Museum of Art is holding a special exhibition of this leading 18th-century ukiyo-e woodblock-print artist’s work. Katsukawa, who is known in particular for his realistic portrayals of kabuki actors and ...