'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.

Kanjiro Kawai: Pots of incredible talent

Art May 14, 2019

Kanjiro Kawai: Pots of incredible talent

by Matthew Larking

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto's "Potter Kawai Kanjiro: Works from the Kawakatsu Collection" is just the fourth time it has presented such a substantial selection of works from its renowned Kawakatsu Collection of over 400 pieces.

Weaving in and out of a century of art

Art Apr 9, 2019

Weaving in and out of a century of art

by Claire Williamson

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo's re-opening exhibition is an ambitious exploration of an entire century's worth of art that runs through the majority of the museum building and spans four floors. Allow yourself ample time to make your way through it.

Ohara Koson: Bringing ukiyo-e back to life

Art Mar 10, 2019

Ohara Koson: Bringing ukiyo-e back to life

by Martin Laflamme

Ohara Koson created a large body of ukiyo-e prints that delighted a foreign clientelle, yet garnered relatively little attention in Japan. More than 70 years after his death, he is finally being honored with a retrospective in his native country.

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.