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Picks is a monthly sampling of Japan's art scene, offering commentary by a variety of reviewers about exhibitions at museums and galleries in recent weeks, with an emphasis on contemporary art by young artists.

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Goichi Takeda's Architectural Specimens
10 March - 23 May 2017
LIXIL Gallery Osaka
(Osaka)
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A retrospective of the career of Takeda (1872-1938), a pioneer of modern architecture in the Kansai region around Osaka. The exhibits feature educational models and documents preserved by two universities where he taught. These architectural "specimens" amply demonstrate the breadth of his knowledge and the modernity of his vision.

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IMAYO - Connecting Past and Present
4 April - 21 May 2017
The Shoto Museum of Art
(Tokyo)
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Imayo is an old Japanese word meaning "current style." Curated by art history professor John Szostak of the University of Hawaii at Manoa and initially displayed in Honolulu, this exhibition introduces six contemporary Japanese artists who employ traditional Japanese arts and crafts techniques, and places their works alongside examples of the traditions that inspired them.
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Kanae and Sumiko Itakura: A Retrospective

8 April - 4 June 2017

Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
(Tokyo)
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The Itakuras were a married couple who studied painting together in 1920s Paris and left behind a substantial body of work before both passed away while still in their twenties. Paintings and other materials preserved by Kanae's sister Hisako form the nucleus of this show and provide valuable insights into the activities of Japanese artists in prewar Europe.
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From the Collection: Painting Points Fingers

8 April - 18 June 2017

Itabashi Art Museum
(Tokyo)

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From its own collection, the museum has assembled a chronological selection of 20th-century Japanese paintings on sociopolitical themes. From prewar proletarian artists to participants in the postwar "reportage painting" movement, the 26 artists represented here share an accusatory stance against the trends of their times. Perhaps they have something to tell us about the importance of confronting social issues head-on.
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The Buddhist Master Sculptor Kaikei: Timeless Beauty from the Kamakura Period
8 April - 4 June 2017
Nara National Museum
(Nara)
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Of 45 known extant works by Kaikei -- ranked with Unkei as one of the greatest Buddhist sculptors of the Kamakura period (1185-1333) -- this exhibition boasts 37, making it the most complete overview of his work to date. At once variegated, dynamic, and dignified, these masterpieces of Buddhist statuary merit leisurely contemplation.
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1,000 Years of Japanese Wooden Buddha Statues: From the Asuka Period to Enku

8 April - 4 June 2017

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
(Osaka)
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Most exhibitions of Buddhist sculpture concern themselves with eras, styles, and artists, but this one is different. Here the theme is wood, a material prevalent in Japanese statuary from the Asuka period (538-710) to the early Edo period (1603-1867), and the changes that wooden Buddhist sculpture underwent during that millennium. Though metal and stone were also used, Buddhas of wood enjoyed particularly wide dissemination in Japan, where woodcarving craftsmanship was unparalleled.
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To Things Beloved: Shiotani Teiko 1899-1988
6 March - 8 May 2017
Shimane Art Museum
(Shimane)
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This massive treatment of one of Japanese art photography's trailblazers offers 313 prints, primarily from a major gift to the museum by native-son Shiotani's family. Most impressive are the astounding powers of concentration the photographer applied to the creation of every print. His painstaking development process is evident in compositions that resonate with his presence.
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Terunobu Fujimori: Architecture with Nature, and "ROJO"
11 March - 14 May 2017
Art Tower Mito
(Ibaraki)
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A solo show by a maverick architect known as the standard-bearer of "vernacular architecture" that utilizes the natural terrain and materials of its surroundings. Displays ranged from models and photos of Fujimori's most renowned works -- built and unbuilt -- to a series of photos commemorating his "ROJO" found-architecture project with the late avant-gardist Genpei Akasegawa and other kindred spirits.
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Picture Scroll Enthusiasts
29 March - 14 May 2017
Suntory Museum of Art
(Tokyo)
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The Suntory celebrates a decade at its Roppongi venue with a novel take on emaki, the picture scrolls favored in Japan since feudal times. Up to 60 cm wide, they are meant to be gradually unrolled by hand from right to left, but few of us today get to handle such treasures ourselves. This show provides a historical and vicarious perspective through the eyes of the wealthy and powerful patrons -- emperors, shoguns, and other aristrocrats -- who nurtured the emaki into a major art form.
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Archival Practice: The '80s
18 February - 5 March 2017

Kyoto City University of Arts Art Gallery
(Kyoto)

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KCUA showcases works by artists in its collection who were part of the Kansai New Wave, a term loosely applied to art produced in the 1980s when numerous young lions came to the fore in Kyoto, Osaka and environs. Printed archival materials augment works by Tomoaki Ishihara, Masahiko Ueno, Hiroyuki Nagao, Natsuki Kurimoto, and 16 others.
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