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Ikat Textiles From the World

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; and double ...

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Ryo Fujimoto: 'Where is the Cloud Focus?'

Inspired by intangible themes, such as truth and distance, Ryo Fujimoto blurs the line between reality and the imagination with photography and installation works. He uses unusual techniques, such as obfuscation, to create photographs that, with an element of optical illusion, appear painterly or ...

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Christian Boltanski: Lifetime

Conceptual artist Christian Boltanski was first recognized for short films he made in the late 1960s. He moved on to photography in the ’70s, before working with light as a medium and creating installations during the ’80s. Driven by an interest in cultural anthropology and ...

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The Art of Hayami Gyoshu

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 mainstream but ...

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Bijin-ga: The World of Fine Feminine Beauty

During the Meiji Era (1868-1912), portraits of beautiful women — which later became known as bijinga — evolved to focus on not only physical beauty, but also inner beauty. During this time, many artists excelled at bijinga, including Kiyokata Kaburaki (1878-1972), who was acclaimed ...

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Plans for Tokyo 2019: Vol.2 Sachiko Kazama

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 exhibiting her ...

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Who Opens Up the World?

One of the most powerful aspects of art is its ability to expand our perception of the world by introducing viewers to different concepts and new ways of looking at things. "Who Opens Up the World" presents 100 works from the museum's collection, all selected ...

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B29 and Homeland: From My Childhood to Andy Warhol

Renowned for brightly colored, visually arresting works, artist and graphic designer Tadanori Yokoo's works often feature a seemingly eclectic range of motifs and cultural references. Born in 1936, Yokoo's childhood experience of World War II had a great impact on his art. His depictions of ...

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Kumi Sugai: The Eternal Challenger

Kumi Sugai (1919-96), known for his bold prints and paintings, was a multidisciplinary artist who explored design, typography and calligraphy. While working in commercial design during the late 1930s to mid '40s, he studied nihonga (Japanese-style painting) under Teii Nakamura, an artist known for ...

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Paddington Bear

It was a teddy bear that writer Michael Bond gave to his wife as a Christmas gift that inspired “A Bear Called Paddington,” which was published in 1958 to become the first of a hugely popular series of children’s books. Now, the lovable bear, ...

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Points and Lines, Color, Shape: Art of Shimane

The Iwami Art Museum's collection of acquisitions ranges from ancient objects to contemporary artworks, including paintings, crafts, sculpture, photography, video, fashion magazines, clothing and accessories from across the world. To complement its works celebrating the traditions and cultural properties of Shimane Prefecture, the museum presents ...

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Sense of Humor

When art director Katsumi Asaba traveled around the world, he found that humor played an important role in his communication with others and his perception of objects. Likewise, he chooses to express his own sense of humor through his designs and personal collection of ...

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Japanese Bamboo Art From New York: The Abbey Collection

This traveling exhibition, which first showcased at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2017, brings to Oita a selection of Japanese bamboo objets d'art originally amassed by collectors Diane and Arthur Abbey. The show of 75 works by 44 artists includes masterpieces ...

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