Metalwork

The combination of Japan and metalwork together suggests the tradition of the samurai sword, and it is certainly in this world that Japanese craftsmanship is pre-eminent. Less known perhaps is the world of accessories to the sword in which precious …
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2D Works

The graphic tradition in Japanese two-dimensional works is strong and internationally recognized. It is to be remembered that the current Western fascination with Japanese anime and manga, for example, is a contemporary evolution of early graphic traditions. The influence of …
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Unryuan : Hitting the High Notes

Inro by Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo. Image courtesy of Bonhams London Contemporary lacquer master Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo is making a serious mark on the secondary market. Early works by this artist, internationally represented by LKG, have achieved remarkable results at London …
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Dance of Darkness : Shirow Kaze-Dama

NITE Art July 23 from 8pm Butoh dance evolved in the intellectual and artistic ferment of post-war Japan as a ‘direct assault on the refinement (miyabi) and understatement (shibui) so valued in Japanese aesthetics’ (Sanders, Vicki (Autumn 1988). “Dancing and …
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Meet Me at the Met : Asia Week New York 2014

The growing significance of Asia Week New York is attested to by the opening party being held this year in the hallowed halls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In a further testament to the fertile collaboration in America amongst …
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