'Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Sep 3, 2019

'Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba'

by Yukari Tanaka

Sept. 10-Nov. 24 With a history of more than 800 years of making pottery, Tamba in Hyogo Prefecture is recognized as one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan. One of the first to promote and extol the simplistic beauty of Tamba-ware was the art ...

'Utagawa Toyokuni: A Man Who Surpassed Sharaku'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Aug 27, 2019

'Utagawa Toyokuni: A Man Who Surpassed Sharaku'

by Yukari Tanaka

Sept. 3-29 Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769-1825), one of the leading ukiyo-e artists of the Edo Period (1603-1868), was known for outshining Toshusai Sharaku (active 1794-1795), equalling Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) with his bijinga (portraits of beautiful women) and producing woodblock prints that rivaled those of Katsushika ...

'Flapping Colors'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Aug 20, 2019

'Flapping Colors'

by Yukari Tanaka

Aug. 23-Sept. 29 The paintings of Tokyo-based artist Hideki Tarui, a graduate of the Tama Art University, have won various awards, including the 2010 Tokyo Wonder Wall and Tokyo Wonder Seeds 2014 and 2016. This exhibition follows Tarui's 2018 Hiromart Gallery solo exhibition "Charm Point" and ...

'Kishida Riusei: A Retrospective'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Aug 13, 2019

'Kishida Riusei: A Retrospective'

by Yukari Tanaka

Aug. 31-Oct. 20 Born in Ginza, Tokyo, Ryusei (Riusei) Kishida (1891-1929), the son of Kishida Ginko (1833-1905), a Meiji Era (1868-1912) journalist and pioneering businessman, is known to have established a unique style of modern painting in Japan. As a young, self-taught watercolor artist, Kishida was ...

'Hand as Form, Hand as Power'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Aug 6, 2019

'Hand as Form, Hand as Power'

by Yukari Tanaka

Aug. 9-Sept. 21 One of the most expressive features of the human body, hands have played various symbolic roles in art throughout the history of humankind. For the past eight years, a research team led by Yoshiharu Kamino, a museum careers professor at the Musashino Art ...

'Tokyo 2021'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jul 30, 2019

'Tokyo 2021'

by Yukari Tanaka

Aug. 3-Oct. 20 Organized by Toda Corp., "Tokyo 2021" takes place in the construction company's Toda Building headquarters before preparations to rebuild it into a skyscraper begin. As Tokyo readies itself for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toda looks toward 2021 and beyond, challenging ...

'Hiroshi Kobatake: Called by Wood'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jul 16, 2019

'Hiroshi Kobatake: Called by Wood'

by Yukari Tanaka

July 20-Sept. 8 The son of a Western-style painter father and a Japanese-style painter mother, sculptor Hiroshi Kobatake (1935-96) studied at Tokyo University of the Arts. After graduation, he taught art at several universities, until he established his own art school, Kobatake Sculpture Studio, in ...