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Kichizaemon Raku reads between Wols' lines

Art Oct 30, 2018

Kichizaemon Raku reads between Wols' lines

by Matthew Larking

Kichizaemon Raku, the eldest son of Kakunyu XIV, succeeded to the role as the 15th head of the revered Raku family of tea bowl craftsmen in 1981, a tradition founded in the Momoyama Period (1573-1603) by Tanaka Chojiro (d. 1592). His latest exhibition, "Raku ...

Duchamp and Japan: No rest for the urinal

Art Oct 28, 2018

Duchamp and Japan: No rest for the urinal

by John L. Tran

If you want someone to blame for Banksy's stunt of shredding "Girl With Balloon" after selling it for $1.4 million at auction, your prime suspect currently has a major retrospective at the Tokyo National Museum. Skepticism of the British graffiti artist's aesthetic value may not ...

Kazuo Okada's all-star cast of Asian art

Art Oct 23, 2018

Kazuo Okada's all-star cast of Asian art

by Jeff Michael

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone is bringing out all its major works by the masters — from 16th- and 17th-century Rinpa painters Tawaraya Sotatsu and Ogata Korin to 18th- and 19th-century ukiyo-e artists Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika ...

The Louvre has a new seat of power

Art Aug 28, 2018

The Louvre has a new seat of power

by Jae Lee

Kohei Nawa talks about his 3-ton golden "Throne," which takes a seat of honor at the Louvre as one of the works for Japonismes 2018, Paris' large-scale event celebrating 160 years of France-Japan relations.

Tanaka Isson: Better late than never

Art Aug 21, 2018

Tanaka Isson: Better late than never

by Matthew Larking

Limited success in Tokyo led Tanaka Isson (1908-77) to burn his sketchbooks, sell his house, and move to Oshima, where he lived in near poverty painting in a vibrant style that posthumously captured the nation's heart.

Mami Kosemura says it with flowers

Art Aug 14, 2018

Mami Kosemura says it with flowers

by John L. Tran

Where Flemish still-life painters combined fruit, vegetables and flowers that could not normally be picked in the same season, and portrayed them together in an imaginary, but highly realistic pictorial space, Kosemura uses contemporary tools to achieve the same with photographic detail.

Jomon art: Japan's prehistoric charm

Art Jul 24, 2018

Jomon art: Japan's prehistoric charm

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Fertile periods of artistic endeavor are not hard to come by in Japanese history. Many would cite the Edo, Muromachi or Heian periods. The Tokyo National Museum, however, reminds visitors of one era often forgotten — the ancient Jomon Period.