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image image Fun House: Nearly 50 Years of The Play
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Christopher Stephens
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Among the Japanese artists most closely associated with performance art are the Gutai group, Tetsumi Kudo, and Yayoi Kusama, but the genre's best kept secret is undoubtedly The Play, a collective formed in the Kansai region of western Japan in 1967. Dozens of members have passed through the group's ranks, with the only constant being Keiichi Ikemizu, who is now aided by four long-serving compatriots. more...

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image image The Eyes Have It: Ken Takakura Retrospective at Tokyo Station Gallery
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Susan Rogers Chikuba
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Stories, stories, stories. We are inundated with them, and with others' reactions to and opinions about them. So kudos to Tokyo Station Gallery for offering a retrospective that's light on interpretive messaging and heavy on sensory impact. Whatever the cinematic icon Ken Takakura (1931-2014) means to you personally, and whatever new insights you gather from these exhibits on his lifework, you'll come away having felt the man, his time, his persona, his art. more...

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image image True Colors: Rediscovering the Vibrant Palette of Edo Art
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Alan Gleason
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One of the attractions of ukiyo-e and Nihonga is their use of traditional Japanese pigments derived from natural substances. I have seen amazing displays of the Nihonga palette, which is said to employ some 10,000 pigments in all, most of them made with minerals like malachite, azurite, and cinnabar, as well as metal oxides, clays, shell, and coral. Though Nihonga is a relatively recent genre that dates to the Meiji era, its colors, I assumed, were a legacy of the ukiyo-e of a previous generation, but it turns out this is not quite true. more...

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Fun House: Nearly 50 Years of The Play
Christopher Stephens
1 December 2016
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1 December 2016
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True Colors: Rediscovering the Vibrant Palette of Edo Art
Alan Gleason
1 December 2016
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