The complicated perception of heroism

Art Feb 26, 2019

The complicated perception of heroism

by Matthew Larking

As the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art's final Heisei Era (1989-2019) exhibition, this ambitious and somewhat provocative show looks back on the socio-political roles art played in the midst of the past 90 or so years.

World War II: Yasuka Goto gets up close and personal

Art Jan 10, 2017

World War II: Yasuka Goto gets up close and personal

by Matthew Larking

Some artists from earlier generations like Tsuguharu Foujita (also known as Leonard Foujita) have been "outed" in the past decade or two and are now almost celebrated for producing incredibly complex propaganda paintings complicit with Japan's World War II ideology. For others, however, such ...

Leonard Foujita et ses modeles

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Sep 13, 2016

Leonard Foujita et ses modeles

by Mark Jarnes

Sept. 17-Jan. 15 While still in his 20s, Leonard Foujita (1886-1968) left Japan to settle in France, where, as a prolific painter, he quickly became a darling of the Parisian art world. Living through both World War I and II, Foujita painted a range of ...