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An education in modernist art teaching

Art Aug 28, 2018

An education in modernist art teaching

by Matthew Larking

The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto surveys German, Japanese and Indian Bauhaus developments as part of a wider collation of international exhibitions and research in preparation for next year's Bauhaus centenary anniversary in Berlin.

When art met craft in Meiji Era Japan

Art Apr 3, 2018

When art met craft in Meiji Era Japan

by Matthew Larking

The focus of "The 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Period: Making and Designing Meiji Arts and Crafts" at The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, concerns the relationship between nihonga (Japanese-style) painters of Kyoto and craft production during a time when craft and design ...

Van Gogh's long-distance love affair

Art Jan 30, 2018

Van Gogh's long-distance love affair

by Matthew Larking

"Van Gogh & Japan" concerns a love affair of creative misperceptions between temporally and geographically distant admirers. Van Gogh (1853-1890) never went to Japan, though he idealized it briefly as a utopia in which artists worked communally in converse with nature. Attempting to establish what ...

A somber prelude to riots of color

Art Sep 5, 2017

A somber prelude to riots of color

by Matthew Larking

Koji Kinutani's entire career — from his student work to his metaphysical portraiture, which inaugurated a manga trend in contemporary art; his Styrofoam sculptures; the "Goddess of the Silvery Peak" (the basis for the official 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games poster); and his sometimes ...

Masaaki Yamada: A painter of all stripes and colors

Art Mar 14, 2017

Masaaki Yamada: A painter of all stripes and colors

by Matthew Larking

Masaaki Yamada (1929-2010) is like a mystery man of modernism. He apparently had no specialist art training of note and is known only by a skeleton biography that is mostly blank before 1943, and patchy thereafter. Said to have begun painting from the so-called ...

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

Art Mar 1, 2016

The dyeing art of Japan's traditional everyday kimono

by Matthew Larking

Weaver and dyer Fukumi Shimura's (b.1924) inherited an interest in craft from her mother, Toyo Ono, who made inroads through the early 20th-century mingei (folk crafts) movement led by philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi. Introduced to the lacquer artistan Tatsuaki Kuroda in 1956, Shimura began to ...

'Kuriki Tatsusuke: Retrospective'

Events / Events Outside Tokyo Aug 18, 2015

'Kuriki Tatsusuke: Retrospective'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Aug. 28-Sept. 27 Described by critics as modern and intelligent, the work of Tatsusuke Kuriki (1943-2013) focuses on the form of ceramics in relation to their decorative potential and the restrictions of clay as a material. Unlike traditional pottery that often highlights imperfection as aesthetically beautiful, ...

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

Art Jul 14, 2015

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

by Robert Yellin

Only a culinary visionary would declare in 1935: "If clothes make the person, dishes make the food." He went on to explain, "Appropriate care must go into their selection, not only in terms of quality, but also to see that the size, depth, color and ...