Modern lacquer recalls past splendor

Art Sep 12, 2017

Modern lacquer recalls past splendor

by Matthew Larking

Celebrated domestically and internationally for tea ceremony caddies in lacquer and mother-of-pearl inlay, as well as rather more substantial fittings such as kimono display hangers, artisan Tatsuaki Kuroda (1904-82) has finally been honored with the first Kyoto retrospective exhibition of his work. The exhibition focuses ...

'Tomotaka Yasui: Silence'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Sep 18, 2014

'Tomotaka Yasui: Silence'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Tomotaka Yasui is the fifth artist to be featured in The Hakone Open-Air Museum's series of exhibitions showcasing young contemporary sculptors. His signature works are statues of ordinary-looking bob-haired girls in colorful dresses, not a likely subject when considering contemporary sculpture. However, these girls' figures ...