'Island View:  Why Artists Focus on Islands'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Feb 12, 2014

'Island View: Why Artists Focus on Islands'

by Hanna Lange

More of an observation than a scholarly title, this exhibition, organized by Tokyo Wonder Site gallery with the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, explores a recent trend of young artists choosing "islands" as a topic for their work. Some of the artists grew ...

'The Masterpieces of Nihonga'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 22, 2014

'The Masterpieces of Nihonga'

by Hanna Lange

This exhibition of nihonga (Japanese-style painting) is divided into various themes and comprises works from the late 19th century to today, collected from 60 different locations in Japan. Highlights include a display of six designated Important Cultural Properties, one of which depicts the Buddhist ...

Turner: Steering art toward Impressionism

Art Oct 30, 2013

Turner: Steering art toward Impressionism

by C.B. Liddell

One of the most impressive paintings at the "Turner from the Tate" exhibition now on at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is "Spithead: Two Captured Danish Ships Entering Portsmouth Harbour" (1808). In some ways it is a run-of-the-mill, realist sea painting of the type common ...

Sometimes it's hard for Leonardo to impress

Art May 23, 2013

Sometimes it's hard for Leonardo to impress

by C.B. Liddell

The reputation of Leonardo da Vinci is like an inverted pyramid — a massive, impressive structure that can draw a vast audience, but stands on an extremely narrow base. Although regarded as one of the "Big Three" artists of the Renaissance — along with ...