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 ...

Monet's experiments meet his masterpieces

Art Oct 20, 2015

Monet's experiments meet his masterpieces

by C.B. Liddell

To anyone familiar with art exhibitions in Japan, it is clear that Impressionism is one of the most well-known and most-loved of all the "isms" and movements of Western art. The name of the movement is believed to have come from a 1872 painting ...

Impressions of spiritual intimacy

Art Mar 19, 2015

Impressions of spiritual intimacy

by C.B. Liddell

There are two theories about post-impressionist art. One is that it was a continuation of the modernist spirit of the impressionists, with the application of ever-more scientific principles of color and light to the depiction of objects. The other is that post-impressionism was a ...

Neo-impressionism: color-coded familiarities

Art Feb 19, 2015

Neo-impressionism: color-coded familiarities

by C.B. Liddell

The term "neo-impressionism" suggests a sequel to impressionism and, just like with movie sequels, there is a faint lowering of expectations. But this is entirely the wrong way to approach "Neo-Impressionism: from Light to Color" at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some visitors will ...

'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 ...

'Time and the Painting: 24 Episodes'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jul 31, 2014

'Time and the Painting: 24 Episodes'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Bridgestone Museum of Art has in its collection close to 160 paintings related to the concept of "time." Like chapters of a book, there are 24 different themes in this exhibition, with works representing the eras during which the featured artists lived. It covers ...

It's time to wise up to academic art

Art Jul 24, 2014

It's time to wise up to academic art

by C.B. Liddell

For too long the fine academic art of the 19th-century has lingered in the shadow of the Impressionist movement. The French Academy, with its rules and standards, has often been cast as the villain in the story of the period, standing in opposition to ...