Straddling East and West in art

Art Jul 25, 2017

Straddling East and West in art

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Hybridity and eclecticism may be key concepts in much contemporary art, yet they are not new phenomena. In the Taisho Era (1912-1926), Tetsugoro Yorozu virtually personified the idea of hybrid art: As Japan rushed toward modernization, he not only experimented with the very latest ...

Cubism in Japan: Picasso's Impact

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Nov 29, 2016

Cubism in Japan: Picasso's Impact

by Yuki Yamauchi

Until Jan. 29 Cubism, of which Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Georges Braque (1882-1963) were important leaders, is said to have had a stronger influence on later artists than any other movement of the same period. In Japan, it inspired artists from the 1910s to '20s, ...

Art's 20th-century identity crisis

Art Apr 7, 2015

Art's 20th-century identity crisis

by C.B. Liddell

The 20th century is rather like the teenager who never grew up — a century that saw itself as perpetually young, as the "modernist" culmination of history rather than part of the historical process. In short, an age guilty of "chronocentricism." But, like all ...

'Best of The Best'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 29, 2015

'Best of The Best'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

From its collection of around 2,500 pieces, the Bridgestone Museum's "Best of The Best" includes works by major names such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne and Jackson Pollock. This exhibition looks back on the museum's 63 years before it closes on May 18 for building ...

The all-star cast of Kunsthaus Zurich

Art Nov 6, 2014

The all-star cast of Kunsthaus Zurich

by C.B. Liddell

Switzerland is an "island" in a "sea" of Europe. From its elevated Alpine position in the heart of Western Europe, it figuratively looks down on the main European cultural heartlands of Italy, France and Germany, the perfect place for a wide-ranging, cosmopolitan collection of ...