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Abstract artist Ohtake dies at age 101

National Feb 13, 2015

Abstract artist Ohtake dies at age 101

Tomie Ohtake, the celebrated Japanese-Brazilian artist known for her bold, primary colored abstract paintings and gravity-defying monumental sculptures, has died, the institute bearing her name said. She was 101. In a statement, the Tomie Ohtake Institute said the artist died Thursday at a Sao Paulo ...

Art, with the stroke of a heated pen

National Oct 23, 2013

Art, with the stroke of a heated pen

by Hisashi Sasaki

As an artist working in the medium of pyrography, Soji Hamada must execute every stroke of his heated pen with precision as he burns images of birds and animals into wood. Pyrography does not permit "another try once you make a mistake in drawing an ...

Tadasu Takamine's not so 'Cool Japan'

Art Feb 7, 2013

Tadasu Takamine's not so 'Cool Japan'

by James Jack

In May 2011, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry promoted the idea of "Cool Japan," presenting Japanese culture as a product amid the confusing circumstances after the Great East Japan Earthquake. As Japan continues to suffer a declining population and weak economy, it ...

Is this the art of noise?

Art Feb 7, 2013

Is this the art of noise?

by C.B. Liddell

If art is something that you want to feel comfortable with in your home, then Haroon Mirza is probably not your man. As the winner of the 2012 Daiwa Foundation Art Prize, British-born, ethnic-Pakistani artist Mirza is being introduced to Tokyo's art connoisseurs with ...