artscape Japan
artscape Japanese site
Monthly Mail Contact Us
HOME FOCUS  PICKS MUSEUM DB ABOUT
image
image
image image
image image Peddlers, Porters, Pawnbrokers and More: Hokusai's People at Work
image
Susan Rogers Chikuba
image

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) lived most of his 90 years in what is now Tokyo's Sumida ward. Not far from Ryogoku Station, just off the street on which he was born, the Sumida Hokusai Museum opened in 2016 to showcase the legacy of this neighborhood's most acclaimed native son. Its present exhibition, Edo Livelihoods by Hokusai, reveals the artist's sharp and often playful eye as he captured people at work. more...

image
image image
image image The Painting Demon: The Wondrous World of Kawanabe Kyosai
image
Christopher Stephens
image

Born in present-day Ibaraki Prefecture, Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) was a painter and printmaker who studied with some of the greatest artists of his day, including Utagawa Kuniyoshi and members of the Kano school. Dubbing himself a "painting demon," Kyosai turned his hand to everything from advertisements to satirical caricatures, and dealt with subjects that ranged from charming animals at play to grisly scenes of violent death. Kyosai was one of the last masters of traditional Japanese art, but more importantly, as a figure who straddled the Edo and Meiji periods, he deftly infused the old with the new. more...

image
image image
image image The Surrealist Moralist: Ichiro Fukuzawa at MOMAT
image
Alan Gleason
image

Ichiro Fukuzawa (1898-1992) is commonly credited as the painter who introduced Surrealist art to Japan in the 1930s. Laugh Off This Hopeless World, the retrospective currently at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, supplies plenty of evidence to support this, then goes on to show that he was a relevant presence in the postwar avant-garde as well. The chronologically arranged exhibits help one make sense of the revealing transitions Fukuzawa's art underwent in the days leading up to, during, and immediately after World War II. In many ways his trajectory mirrors the changes the entire country went through during the tumultuous Showa Era (1926-89). more...

image
image
image
Recent Articles
FOCUS
Peddlers, Porters, Pawnbrokers and More: Hokusai's People at Work
Susan Rogers Chikuba
15 May 2019
FOCUS
The Painting Demon: The Wondrous World of Kawanabe Kyosai
Christopher Stephens
15 May 2019
HERE/THERE
The Surrealist Moralist: Ichiro Fukuzawa at MOMAT
Alan Gleason
15 May 2019
PICKS
The 21st Yusaku Kamekura Design Award Exhibition: Yoshiaki Irobe
15 May 2019
FOCUS
City Upon a Hill: Hiroshima MOCA Shines On
Colin Smith
1 April 2019
FOCUS
Kenkichi Yoshida: A Designer and Scholar Connecting Art and Life
James Lambiasi
1 April 2019
HERE/THERE
Contemporary Art with Something to Say: 25 Taro Award Winners
Alan Gleason
1 April 2019
PICKS
Shiga Lieko: Human Spring
1 April 2019
>> Back Issues
image
image
THIS IS MECENAT 2018
ggg ddd CCGA DNP Museum Lab DNP Kyoto Uzumasa Cultural Heritage Gallery Maison des Musées du Monde
DNP Art Communications ©1996- DAI NIPPON PRINTING Co., Ltd.
artscape is the registered trademark of DAI NIPPON PRINTING Co., Ltd.