Matthew Larking

For Matthew Larking's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Nino Caruso's monumental contribution

Art Jan 15, 2020

Nino Caruso's monumental contribution

More than 100 pieces, documents and designs have been selected for the Nino Caruso exhibition "Forms of Memory and Space — the world's first retrospective of the Italian ceramist-cum-sculptor's work since his death in 2017.

Art from the silver lining of life's dark clouds

Art Jan 2, 2020

Art from the silver lining of life's dark clouds

Threatening the precarious peace of everyday life are unforeseen incidents, disease and emotional turbulence. Such are the narrative threads running through "Song to Life, Struggles of the Soul" at Wacoal Studyhall Kyoto.

Nakamura Hochu: The Osakan Rinpa pioneer

Art Dec 4, 2019

Nakamura Hochu: The Osakan Rinpa pioneer

The Rinpa school of painting's initial phase was formed by the superlative talents of Honami Koetsu (1558-1637) and Tawaraya Sotatsu (c. 1570-c. 1630) in late 16th-century Kyoto. The aesthetics resonated with the grand and powerful ornamental inclinations of the Momoyama Period (1573-1603) — gold ...

Ryonosuke Shimomura: An eclectic rule breaker

Art / Events Nov 27, 2019

Ryonosuke Shimomura: An eclectic rule breaker

At school, Ryonosuke Shimomura conceived art techniques that led one teacher to think he was color blind. Yet his unusual approach led him to become a principal of the Pan Real Art Association — Japan's influential avant-garde Japanese-style painting groups.

Maruyama Okyo's legacy of drawing from life

Art Nov 13, 2019

Maruyama Okyo's legacy of drawing from life

In his 1808 book, "Chronicle of Audacity and Timidity" ("Tandai Shoshinroku"), scholar and poet Ueda Akinari satirized, "When Okyo came on the scene, sketching from life (shasei) became popular, and all the paintings in Kyoto began being done by the same method!" The realist impulse ...

The scrolls that keep immortal poets truly alive

Art Oct 29, 2019

The scrolls that keep immortal poets truly alive

The Kyoto National Museum brings together the largest number of fragments of the 13th-century scrolls "Satake Version, Thirty-Six Immortal Poets," since it was cut up into pieces and dispersed among the wealthy in 1919.

Shaun Tan's glimmers of hope in somber times

Art Oct 1, 2019

Shaun Tan's glimmers of hope in somber times

Tan's imaginative worlds are usually a little dark, featuring dystopias, alienation, suffering, bureaucracy and monsters — but the camaraderie between family, friends and strangers lead to hope and happy endings.

An enlightening buildup to Viennese modernism

Art Sep 17, 2019

An enlightening buildup to Viennese modernism

"Vienna on the Path to Modernism" at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, is essentially an illustrated history of sociopolitical developments leading to the city flourishing as one of the world's great cultural centers from the mid-18th century.