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Gather: Gift

In 2017, psychologist and art critic Yasuo Miwaki organized an art exhibition featuring two artists — Yoshinobu Nakagawa and Kohei Takahashi — titled "Gather: Crowd." It was the first exhibition Miwaki had organized, and was inspired by Nakagawa's observations of art and his views ...

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Hasutaro: Growth, Memory, and Rebirth

Taki Tamada creates her artwork out of cardboard using an unusual method. She peels card into strips and rubs them until they have the appearance of clay before layering them over skeletal frames to create sculptures. She leaves the card in its original color, often ...

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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 Universe Consists of Dots and Lines

Three artists, all associated with the Shonan area of Kanagawa Prefecture, have been brought together for this exhibition focusing on the expressive potential of dots and lines in contemporary art. Minako Ishikawa's finely painted lines subtly change from one color to the next to in ...

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Ohara Koson

Ohara Koson (1877-1945) was active from the early 1900s to the mid 1950s and specialized in kacho-ga, Japanese-style paintings and prints of flowers and birds. He was particularly renowned for his woodblock print depictions of birds, animals, flowers and other wildlife. Using both traditional ukiyo-e ...

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Patching (and Darning)

"Collage" became recognized as an art term during the early 20th century when Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso used it to define assembling images and material on a flat surface to produce an artwork. Though some argue that the simple juxtaposition of materials may ...

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Toki no Hana

Ever since Naho Iino's elementary school marble and epoxy glue artwork was selected for a craftwork exhibition, the artist has been working exclusively with glass. A Musashino Art University graduate, she continued her studies at the Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, before she established her ...

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Mingei: Another Kind of Art

In 1925, the Japanese philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi (1889-1961) coined the term "mingei" to refer to folk arts and crafts that involved high levels of skill but were made by unknown craftspeople. Being created from local materials, made in traditional colors and involving long-established manufacturing ...

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Power of Ceramics: Modernism in Finnish Applied Arts

At the Paris Exposition of 1900, Finland's pavilion drew praise for its design and garnered a lot of attention, and by the mid 20th century, Finnish ceramics had become popular across the globe. This Finnish art form in particular has also been influential on ...

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La Caricature is Here!

On Nov. 4, 1830, the first issue of Caricature, edited by Charles Philipon (1800-61), was published in Paris. The groundbreaking weekly magazine, which launched after the July Revolution, was originally a simple publication of illustrations. However, it quickly adopted a political agenda in response ...

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Hashimoto Kansetsu: A Solitary Painter

Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945) was greatly influenced by his father, a Confucian scholar, who introduced him to kangaku (Chinese classical literature). Using the Shijo School of traditional Japanese-style painting as the foundation of his work, Hashimoto often looked to Chinese classics for inspiration. He also developed ...

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Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi

Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), a scholar who specialized in the philosophy of religion, was also a theorist and aesthetician credited for spearheading the mingei (Japanese folk crafts) movement. He is recognized as one of the first people to acknowledge the beauty and skill behind Korean ...

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