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The Age of Okamoto Shinso

Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artist Shinso Okamoto (1894-1993) first garnered attention when his Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting graduation project was included in a Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai Exhibition, a show notoriously strict in its selection process. He became best-known for his modern re-interpretations of traditional ...

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The Doraemon Exhibition Tokyo 2017

Ever since Fujiko F. Fujio first published his manga about Doraemon — a blue, robot cat — in 1969, the unusual character has won fans both in Japan and abroad. Like Doraemon's magical pocket, from which he can pull bizarre objects from the future, this ...

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Nijo Castle in Kyoto is opening its doors to the public for an art exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of Taisei Hokan, the restoration of political authority to the Emperor. The art exhibition, known as Art Aquarium, combines vibrant lights, art and goldfish in ...

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Diego Rivera and His Contemporaries

During the 1920s, Diego Rivera (1886-1957) received worldwide acclaim for his contribution to the Mexican sociopolitical muralism movement. Though his public works are renowned for being influential, Rivera's repertoire also included portraits and genre paintings, which he continued to create throughout his career. In collaboration ...

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Saburo Murakami

Saburo Murakami (1925-1996), founder of the Zero Group of artists and a member of the Gutai Art Association, is best-known for his conceptual paintings and performances. His kami-yaburi (paper-breaking) works, for which he would burst through sheets of paper mounted on wooden frames, were an ...

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David Shrigley: Lose Your Mind

British artist David Shrigley is known for depicting everyday situations with a dark sense of humor through a variety of genres, including illustration, sculpture and photography. Though he has been acclaimed for political cartoons and public artworks, he has also blurred the lines between ...

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Fear in Painting

Terror and tragedy are widely considered entirely disagreeable in principle. But audiences have for millennia taken pleasure in the pain of narrative spectacles in the arts. Fear is popular because it arouses curiosity in addition to revulsion. So, too, does the assemblage of Western ...

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Kouga Hirano and Shobunsha

Between 1964 and 1992, Kouga Hirano was placed in charge of designing all book covers for Shobunsha, an unusual role for just one person at a publishing company. His designs, however, brought a new look and dynamic sense of style to publications, resulting in ...

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Natsuyuki Nakanishi

Before moving on to abstract painting, Natsuyuki Nakanishi (1935-2016) began his artistic career in 1959 by adopting Neo-Dadaist theories into object-based works. He was a co-founder of the experimental and anti-establishment Hi Red Center (1962-64) collective of artists, which included Jiro Takamatsu and Genpei ...

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teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live

"A Forest Where Gods Live” is a large outdoor collection of art installations titled scattered through Mifuneyama Rakuen, a 500,000-square-meter garden in Takeo, Saga Prefecture. While “A Forest Where Gods Live” could be called an “exhibition,” it’s also an immersive experience that requires interaction. It’s ...

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Insects in Art

Butterflies fluttering over flowers, cicadas buzzing on trees and dragonflies darting across rice fields — insects have long been symbols of different seasons in Japan. In China they are also considered lucky omens due to their delicate and mystical appearances. Chinese ideology and Western ...

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