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Tokyo remodels the 'design event'

Oct 10, 2017

Tokyo remodels the 'design event'

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If Akio Aoki had his way, there would be one new word included in dictionaries across the globe: "Designart." The Tokyo-based designer is one of a team of high-profile creators united in their desire to transcend the boundaries of all things art and design with ...

It's the season to see Japan's best ceramics

Oct 10, 2017

It's the season to see Japan's best ceramics

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This autumn, there are not one, but two extraordinary ceramic art exhibitions showing in Tokyo. The first highlights the solo works and private collection of Tokyo's Seimei Tsuji (1927-2008) at The National Museum of Modern Art Crafts Gallery, while the other is a dual-exhibition ...

In the right light, every detail counts

Oct 3, 2017

In the right light, every detail counts

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At the tail end of an unexpectedly long conversation, the last question I ask photographer Keizo Kitajima is why it's important for him to have even lighting across the image. The photographs he is showing at the Photographers' Gallery in Shinjuku are part of ...

Kyoichi Sawada: Vietnam and home

Sep 26, 2017

Kyoichi Sawada: Vietnam and home

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Kyoichi Sawada's 1965 photo of a Vietnamese family fleeing the bombing of their village in Binh Dinh province, during the war between North Vietnam and South Vietnam and the U.S. and its allies, has become a landmark image of 20th-century history. A mother, grandmother, ...

The bigger picture is in the details

Sep 19, 2017

The bigger picture is in the details

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Tetsu Fusen (1891-1976) was regarded as an unusual though gifted painter in his own time. In the decades since, however, he has largely been forgotten, mostly known to specialists or devoted connoisseurs of his technically brilliant, imaginative and emotional landscapes. Much of his work was ...

Modern lacquer recalls past splendor

Sep 12, 2017

Modern lacquer recalls past splendor

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Celebrated domestically and internationally for tea ceremony caddies in lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay, as well as rather more substantial fittings such as kimono display hangers, artisan Tatsuaki Kuroda (1904-82) has finally been honored with the first Kyoto retrospective exhibition of his work. The exhibition focuses ...

A somber prelude to riots of color

Sep 5, 2017

A somber prelude to riots of color

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Koji Kinutani's entire career — from his student work to his metaphysical portraiture, which inaugurated a manga trend in contemporary art; his Styrofoam sculptures; the "Goddess of the Silvery Peak" (the basis for the official 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games poster); and his sometimes ...

Brave new world of the post-human

Aug 29, 2017

Brave new world of the post-human

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Tobias Klein's "Augmented Mask," an installation that incorporates an elaborate 3-D printed mask, colorful projection mapping, a virtual reality headset and references a popular Chinese opera, looks a lot like future art as imagined in science fiction. Appearing at the small The Container venue in ...