The Osakan artists who bucked the system

Art Jun 11, 2019

The Osakan artists who bucked the system

by Matthew Larking

Osakan paintings have conventionally emphasized regional traits of humor, boisterousness and fun. "Do You Know Osaka Painting Circles" at the Shokado Garden Art Museum, however, reminds viewers of its farther flung painting traditions.

Suzuki Kiitsu: Bringing modernity to Rimpa

Art Sep 20, 2016

Suzuki Kiitsu: Bringing modernity to Rimpa

by Jeff Michael Hammond

The artist Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858) was long considered a late and somewhat minor player in the Rimpa school, which emerged in Kyoto early in the Edo Period (1603-1868). The Suntory Museum of Art's current exhibition now re-evaluates Kiitsu's career and his contributions to this ...

The ripple effect of Tawaraya Sotatsu's waves

Art Nov 17, 2015

The ripple effect of Tawaraya Sotatsu's waves

by Carol Morland

'The most important Japanese artist you've never heard of." That is how James Ulak, senior curator of Japanese art at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, describes Tawaraya Sotatsu, the focus of the gallery's current magnificent exhibition. The show presents the first in-depth ...

Kyoto's Rinpa school is moving in many ways

Art Nov 3, 2015

Kyoto's Rinpa school is moving in many ways

by Hana Sakuma

At this moment, the Kyoto National Museum is showcasing some extraordinarily breathtaking work. Three sets of "Wind God" and "Thunder God" screens by three major Rinpa (also known as Rimpa) artists are being displayed together in the same location for the first time in ...

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

Art May 5, 2015

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

by Sachiko Tamashige

One of the joys of visiting Tokyo's Nezu Museum in early May, is to catch the annual showing of one of the museum's most famous works, Ogata Korin's "Irises," before stepping outside to appreciate the real irises blooming in its garden. This spring, Korin's "Red ...