Tag Archives: Japanese

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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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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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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Australia and the Asian Century: A personal reflection

The recent government White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century prompted some thinking about Australia’s relationship with Asia as reflected in my personal experience. It has taken decades for Australia to realize and articulate the importance of Asia to …
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Auction Records for Netsuke Keep Falling

Netsuke Records Continue To Fall: Toyomasa Tiger not a Hare With Amber Eyes How much of the current upsurge of interest in Japanese netsuke can be credited to the highly engaging biographical novel The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund …
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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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Between the Folds : Documentary

In a game of word association for ‘Japan’, origami would frequently be front of mind for many people with sushi, kimono and Mt. Fuji. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding and takes its name from two words, …
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NGV : The Pauline Gandel Gallery of Japanese Art

Photo by Shannon Macgrath © Pauline Gandel Under a canopy of cherry blossoms in a transformed Great Hall at the NGV, Mr Yuji Akimoto, Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, officially opened the Pauline Gandel …
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