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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Glass

“But glass remained basically foreign to the Japanese, something that had no roots in indigenous culture. So only artists prepared to take risks used it, artists with a decidedly Western orientation – in other words, those who were notably open-minded …
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Story II | Seduced by the Other

Imamura Yoshio – Door to Silence – detail In the corner of Imamura Yoshio’s (b.1948) masterpiece ‘Door To Silence’ (Chinmoku no Tobira) is a small red square (pictured above): ‘Do you know what this is…’ quizzed an impassioned Italian art …
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Story I | Budgets and Beauty

Takahiro Kondō 2007. Oil & Water installation. Petroleum ash on fleece, stainless steel with silver mist glaze 80 × 250.8 × 5 cm view on artsy ‘Beauty’ is not a four letter word, but ‘lust’ is, and an undesirable, if not sinful, human …
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Unryūan Team at the Wajima Lacquer Museum

The 3-year project to reinvent the shell boxes of daimyo bridal dowry provenance was recently completed. Under the guidance of Unryūan, with assistance from Professor Yamazaki Tatsufumi of Kanazawa Art Unviersity and Akimoto Yuji Director of the 21st Century Museum …
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