'Information or Inspiration?': The paths of perception

Art May 21, 2019

'Information or Inspiration?': The paths of perception

by Mio Yamada

A review of "Information or Inspiration?" at the Suntory Museum of Art almost needs a spoiler alert — it includes many surprises that make it more than a showcase of glassware, lacquerware, enamel, ceramic and calligraphy works: It's an immersive, thought-provoking experience.

Edo-kiriko: A cut above the average glassware

Art Jan 7, 2018

Edo-kiriko: A cut above the average glassware

by Mai Iida

For Ryuichi Kumakura, a 70-year-old cut-glass artisan, finding young workers eager to learn and preserve the traditional Japanese craft is the least of his troubles — showing them how to engrave exquisite pieces of glassware with precision is what matters most. Having a decent "business ...

The illuminating nature of Emile Galle

Art Mar 29, 2016

The illuminating nature of Emile Galle

by C.B. Liddell

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum has always had a connection with French glassware. After all, almost the first thing you see as you enter through the front entrance is a set of glass-relief doors with an angel motif. These were created by the ...

Art nouveau's jewels in the crown

Art Aug 4, 2015

Art nouveau's jewels in the crown

by Mio Yamada

As Parisians of the late 19th century reveled in the heady optimism of economic prosperity and enjoyed the innovations spurred by the ongoing Industrial Revolution, Sarah Bernhardt, the most famous actress and muse of the time, became enamored by two trendsetters: Rene Lalique, then ...