The cutting edge of Kyoto swordmaking

Art Oct 16, 2018

The cutting edge of Kyoto swordmaking

by Matthew Larking

Showcasing 170 blades, 19 of which are National Treasures and 61 are Important Cultural Properties, "Swords of Kyoto: Master Craftsmanship from an Elegant Culture" is the largest sword exhibition in the Kyoto National Museum's 120-year history.

Banksy canvas sells for $1.4 million — before self-destructing

Art Oct 7, 2018

Banksy canvas sells for $1.4 million — before self-destructing

Art prankster Banksy has struck again. A work by the elusive street artist self-destructed in front of startled auction-goers Friday, moments after being sold for £1.04 million ($1.4 million). In an Instagram post Saturday, Banksy claimed the dramatic artistic payoff had been years in the ...

A master of Zen wisdom and dad jokes

Art Oct 2, 2018

A master of Zen wisdom and dad jokes

by John L. Tran

Among Sengai's many depictions of tubby old men enjoying themselves is one outlier titled "An Old Man's Excuse," which shows a crotchety grump saying, "If it comes time for you to die, then it's good for you to die, but it's even better if ...

The art of architecture and photography

Art Sep 18, 2018

The art of architecture and photography

by John L. Tran

The current exhibition at Archi-Depot, "A Gaze into Architecture: Phases of Contemporary Photography and Architecture" features the work of 13 artists, of whom more than half are Japanese. All the work is exceptional.