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Beauty in the Yumeji Style

The bijinga (portraits of beautiful women) by Takehisa Yumeji (1884-1934) portrayed women in such a distinctive manner that it became known as "Yumeji beauty style." Yumeji developed this poetic and minimalist yet romantic style after meeting his wife Tamaki, but it has also been ...

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Lee Kit ‘We Used to Be More Sensitive’

Hong-Kong born artist Lee Kit is internationally acclaimed for his early textile works, which subtly reference everyday activities and objects, and were hand painted in pastel-colored checks and other patterns. Since then, he has shifted his focus to large-scale works, most recently converting entire ...

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Misato Kurimune Solo Exhibition 'Still Remained'

Based in her hometown of Kobe, contemporary artist Misato Kurimune studied printmaking at the Kyoto Seika University and now creates mixed media works that question the notions of beauty, existence, time and life. Often drawing and painting over monochrome photographs, including self-portraits, which she prints ...

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Treasures of Buddhist Art

With its roots in India, Buddhism came to Japan via monks traveling on the Silk Road trade route in the 5th century. As it flourished in East Asia, Buddhist artworks also proliferated with statues and paintings now admired by both the religious and the ...

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'Utamaro and the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e'

Famous for his bijinga (pictures of beautiful women) masterpieces, Kitagawa Utamaro honed his artistic skills during the Kansei Era (1789-1801) of the Edo Period (1608-1868) — a time when many other ukiyo-e artists, including Katsukawa Shunsho and Toshusai Sharaku, were also gaining popularity. This comprehensive ...

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Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) has been running programs to support and nurture young and up-and-coming artists since it was established in 2001. Its "Emerging" exhibition, previously known as "TWS-Emerging," is a showcase of works selected in collaboration with Tokyo Wonder Wall (TWW), an annual ...

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