'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 ...

'Insects: Models for Design'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jul 16, 2019

'Insects: Models for Design'

by Yukari Tanaka

July 19-Nov. 4 Though insects are integral to environments and affect our everyday lives, due to their variety, surprisingly little is known about them. Their vibrant colors, physical features and other characteristics and habits, however, often go beyond our imaginations, making them a great inspiration ...

'All About Mariano Fortuny'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jul 2, 2019

'All About Mariano Fortuny'

by Yukari Tanaka

July 6-Oct. 6 Born in Granada, Spain, raised in Rome and Paris and based in Venice, Italy, the fashion designer Mariano Fortuny (1871-1949) was famed for his Delphos series of elegant and intricately hand-pleated lightweight silk gowns. First designed and introduced during the early 1900s, ...

'Ikat Textiles From the World'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 11, 2019

'Ikat Textiles From the World'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 14-Sept. 10 Across the world, ikat, resist-dyeing yarn before it is woven into a fabric, is one of the most practiced techniques of patterning textiles. There are three ways to produce ikat: warp ikat — dyeing lengthwise yarn; weft ikat — dyeing transverse yarn; ...

'The Art of Hayami Gyoshu'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 4, 2019

'The Art of Hayami Gyoshu'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 8-Aug. 4 Though known as a nihonga (Japanese-style) artist, Hayami Gyoshu (1894-1935) studied and advocated new painting styles, producing works that broke away from conventional perceptions of the genre. He introduced Western-style painting characteristics and continuously experimented and developed nihonga, helping it become a ...

'Plans for Tokyo 2019: Vol.2 Sachiko Kazama'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 28, 2019

'Plans for Tokyo 2019: Vol.2 Sachiko Kazama'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 1-July 13 Sachiko Kazama's monochrome woodcut prints are an exploration of the past from the viewpoint of the present. Her works, which often feature historical motifs within present-day landscapes, also allude to ominous possible futures. A graduate of the Musashino Art School, Kazama first began ...

'Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints'

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 21, 2019

'Retrospective of Munakata Shiko: Woodcut Prints'

May 25-July 7 Born in Aomori, Shiko Munakata (1903-1975) is internationally celebrated as a 20th-century master of Japanese woodcut prints, having won several awards, including first prize at the 1955 Sao Paulo Biennial and the Grand Prix at the 1956 Venice Biennale. Munakata moved to Tokyo ...