Linda Inoki
Sep 24, 2000
The powerful influence of Japan
Western artists of the mid-19th century were both entranced and distracted by their turbulent times. Many sought fresh ways to see the world around them, "savoir voir" as distinct from "savoir faire."
Jun 29, 2000
Fresh ideas keep old traditions alive
"A hundred people must have told me it was impossible," said Sarah Cummings as we sipped sake in the stylish Kurabu restaurant in the village of Obuse.
Jun 18, 2000
Japan's premier graphic designer revisited
Jun 4, 2000
Victorian passion, Pre-Rafaelite dreams
In postwar Britain the reputation of high Victorian art fell to an all-time low, and a Pre-Raphaelite painting of Ophelia sold in 1950 for a paltry 20 pounds. Times have changed; this summer auctioneers will sell the same painting for around 2 million pounds.
May 7, 2000
Jewels of the printmaker's art
"I call these my jewels," said Joanna H. Schoff, as we bent to catch a gleam of silver in the softly lit museum. Treasures indeed, but instead of the brilliance of diamonds we were looking at far gentler beauties: rare gems of Japanese printmaking from the 1800s.
Apr 30, 2000
A century of Japanese-style painting
"Glue painting?" Rather unattractive.
Apr 16, 2000
Picasso, magic and childhood
You may not like Picasso very much. You may even agree with the American who said, "If I can do it, it ain't art!" But you would have to be very thick-skinned to remain unmoved by "Picasso's World of Children."
Apr 2, 2000
Parisian revolution in graphic art
Fashionable and pretty, a shapely young woman lifts her long skirts above the pavement, stranded by puddles of rain. In 1893 it was irresistible, and on the strength of this one print alone a hundred middle-class Parisians bought the first issue of l'Estampe originale. This was a novel project by the...
Apr 1, 2000
Something Royal this way comes
"Stars, hide your fires. Let not light see my black and deep desires." True to the play's dark imagery, the Royal Shakespeare Company's new production of "Macbeth" is steeped in visions of the night.
Mar 26, 2000
Impressions of an overlooked artist
In February 1866, three young artists tramped along the frosty paths of Fontainebleau, declaring that nature would ever be their muse. One, handsome, rich and carefree, would follow that muse until he lost everything except the respect of his friends. He died in poverty, in a home stacked with unsold...
Mar 12, 2000
'50 Masters' help to retune the eye
Compelling textures, mysterious forms and incredible skill: These are the vivid impressions of a visit to the exhibition "50 Masters of Contemporary Japanese Crafts," at Mitsukoshi's Nihonbashi store. Here are a hundred works in ceramics, textiles, lacquer, metal, wood, bamboo and the newer field of...
Mar 5, 2000
Treasures of the House of Orange
Four hundred years ago, in spring 1600, a Dutch ship made landfall in Kyushu, the sole survivor of five that had set out on the hazardous journey from Rotterdam two years before.
Feb 27, 2000
Artistic exchange leaves a rich legacy
"Yokohama does not improve on further acquaintance," wrote Isabella Bird in 1878. "It has a dead-alive look. . . . I long to get away into real Japan." She quickly left and went in search of authenticity, complete with its dangers and delights. Bird was a purist to the point of eccentricity, but most...
Feb 20, 2000
All of life in Daumier's cartoons
A picture is worth a thousand words, and no one knows that better than Honore Daumier. His life story reads like a strand in a novel by Victor Hugo. The poor son of a failed poet and glazier, young Daumier chanced his luck as an artist in Paris in the 1830s. He studied the new technique of lithography,...
Feb 13, 2000
At the cultural crossroads of art
Paris in the '20s, a journey on the Orient Express: "Art Deco and the Orient," now at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, conjures up the Jazz Age, when everything from ocean liners to coffee cups was touched by the glamour of Art Deco.
Jan 29, 2000
Marubeni Collection not to be blinked at
Department store exhibitions are the butterflies of the art scene: blink and they're gone!
Jan 23, 2000
Eye to eye with 20th-century face
When photography was born and proclaimed the "mirror of nature," the death of portrait painting was announced.
Jan 16, 2000
Stitched with love by mothers' hands
Teenagers rarely go to museums by choice, but Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum in Shinjuku is a special case. On a recent lunchtime visit groups of lively students came into the galleries and fell into quiet, appreciative murmurs over the needlework of Indian villagers and Japanese grandmothers.
Jan 9, 2000
Buy the best, keep for 1,600 years
The first Emperor of Japan ascended the throne perhaps 1,600 years ago, and after his direct descendent, the present Emperor, inherited the office 12 years ago, he donated 6,000 heirlooms to the nation. Nearly 200 are being exhibited together for the first time at the Heiseikan galleries in Ueno.
Oct 2, 1999
Grains of water and drops of sand
Every day, when the beach is quiet, a small figure can be seen walking on the sands of Hayama, gazing at the waves. She is Reika Iwami, an artist whose work is in museums in Britain and America, and who is only now, at the age of 72, becoming better known at home.


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