Gentaro Komaki: A pioneer of surrealism

Art Feb 5, 2019

Gentaro Komaki: A pioneer of surrealism

by Matthew Larking

Gentaro Komaki (1906-89), the son of a Kyoto Prefecture silk crepe wholesaler, lived a decadent youth of literature and philosophy, until seeing the work of Max Ernst and Yves Tanguy inspired to pursue surrealist art.

Koga: A pithy affair with the avant-garde

Art Mar 20, 2018

Koga: A pithy affair with the avant-garde

by John L. Tran

There are two good reasons to see the exhibition on the short-lived photography magazine Koga, now on at the Tokyo Photographic Art (TOP) Museum. One is that it is full of powerful images that will linger in the memory despite their relative simplicity. The ...

The zero hour of Kobe's avant-garde

Art Jan 2, 2018

The zero hour of Kobe's avant-garde

by Matthew Larking

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art's present draw card is the Saint Petersburg collection, "Old Masters from the State Hermitage Museum." But on a lower level, at the far end of a long corridor gallery, are photos and grainy videos — the small-scale documentation of ...

'Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan': Reiko Tomii brings Japanese art in from the cold

Books / Reviews Feb 25, 2017

'Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan': Reiko Tomii brings Japanese art in from the cold

by Adrian Favell

Reiko Tomii's profound and accessible study of 1960s avant-garde art from Japan offers an answer to a perennial problem in the appreciation of Japanese culture. Radicalism in the Wilderness: International Contemporaneity and 1960s Art in Japan, by Reiko Tomii.320 pages THE MIT PRESS, Nonfiction. International observers often ...

'Matsutani Currents'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Oct 13, 2015

'Matsutani Currents'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Oct. 10-Dec. 6 Takesada Matsutani was a member of Kansai's renowned but controversial Gutai Art Association, which challenged conventional definitions of art. Strongly influenced by the Gutai leader Jiro Yoshihara, Matsutani often used glue for his surrealist and abstract expressionist paintings. After winning the opportunity ...

National Oct 27, 2014

Avant-garde artist, writer Genpei Akasegawa dies

GENPEI AKASEGAWA Avant-garde artist Genpei Akasegawa died of blood poisoning at a Tokyo hospital Sunday morning. He was 77. Born Katsuhiko Akasegawa in Yokohama, he attended Musashino Art School, now Musashino Art University, in Tokyo, but dropped out before graduating. He started exhibiting at shows in the ...

'Pre-Raphaelites:  Victorian Avant Garde'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 22, 2014

'Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde'

by Hanna Lange

In London, 1848, a group of young pioneering artists began to shake the mid-19th-century British art world by combining rebellion and revivalism with scientific precision and the imagination. They took inspiration from early Renaissance painting and willfully challenged artistic conventions, calling themselves the Pre-Raphaelite ...

Trapped by human society

Art Dec 4, 2013

Trapped by human society

by Matthew Larking

Osaka-born Tetsumi Kudo's oeuvre has been the subject of a number of major international retrospectives since his death in 1990, and these indicate the artist's increasing postwar historical significance. The current National Museum of Art, Osaka retrospective is magisterial. With more than 600 pages, ...