Tag Archives: Japanese Artist

Takashi Murakami : The 500 Arhats

I have to confess that the works of Takashi Murakami are not amongst my favourites, nor on my wish list. I have read with interest the artist’s theories of ‘superflat’ and have been positively challenged by the intriguing juxtaposition of …
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Mitsuo Shoji : A Vocation in Fire

Mitsuo Shoji : A Vocation in Fire from Lesley Kehoe Galleries on Vimeo. Mitsuo Shoji speaks of a child-like fascination with fire, and like many ceramic artists, is intrigued by the serendipitous action of the kiln, its alchemical transformative power. …
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2013 The Year of Black Water Snake

Snake illustration by Shumei Kobayashi  February 4 2013 sees the commencement of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake (巳年), the black water snake to be precise, a rare combination not experienced since 1953. In the Chinese scheme of …
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Tsujimura Shiro : Ceramic Glazes as Abstract Art

‘For a look at some of the most expressive abstract painting around, check out the new ceramics by the Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura …’ So wrote the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning art critic Holland Cotter (read full article here) …
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Cultural Appropriation in Contemporary Japanese Art

Mayonnaise Anyone? Next time you ask for mayonnaise on your sushi; drown your rice in soy sauce; drink miso soup with a spoon or from a ceramic bowl and think you are experiencing Japan… beware and think again! The possible …
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Japanese Design: Rinpa Resonates and Sekka Seduces

The Art Gallery of NSW led the way last year (June-August 2012) in an international celebration of Japanese design with a visually striking and intellectually stimulating exhibition and series of lectures of the Rinpa-inspired works of Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) from …
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The Whitney Museum: Yayoi Kusama Retrospective

Image courtesy of Whitney Museum Priestess of Polka Dots/Eccentric Art or Louis Vuitton Brand Ambassador? The queues at the Whitney Museum for entry to the Kusama Yayoi retrospective (Read NY Times Review) were, yes, admittedly longer and more decorous than …
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Maio Motoko Studio Visit

A little like Aladdin’s cave, dark and full of golden and silver treasures, might be one way of describing Maio Motoko’s attic storage of antique fabrics. Shelves and shelves, boxes and boxes of these textile gems provide a creative source …
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Genga: Otomo Katsuhiro

There is a line, snaking around the block as far as the eye can see, of people of all ages, backgrounds and types – bartenders, low-level yakuza, manual laborers… me…all eagerly queuing to shuffle in single file at a painstakingly …
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Teraoka Masami: New Albion Gallery

Teraoka Masami New Albion Gallery, Sydney May 23 – June 16 2012 www.newalbiongallery.com A prominent international Japanese-American artist, Teraoka Masami (b. 1936) mixes the tradition of ukiyoe, American pop-art and more recently elements of Gothic and Renaissance paintings in his …
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