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June 22, 2011 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Take a walk with genius, and there's no telling where you might end up. One day in 1953, Joe Price found himself strolling Manhattan's East Side with Frank Lloyd Wright, escorting the great architect to his pied à terre at the Plaza Hotel following a visit to the site where Wright hoped to plant his Guggenheim Museum. Suddenly, Wright got a hankering to look at Japanese woodblock prints (he avidly collected them for most of his life, and Japan is the only country outside of North America where he worked)
February 1, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI
A collection of rare books illustrated by Japanese artists during the Edo Period will be on exhibit this month at the Cal State Northridge library. The collection, assembled by anthropologist and CSUN professor emeritus Robert Ravicz over a 25-year period, was recently acquired by the Chiba City Museum of Art in Japan.
November 15, 2012 | By Holly Myers
In a welcome follow-up to "Requiem for the Sun, " Blum & Poe's superb survey earlier this year of the art of Japan's Mono-ha movement, the gallery has assembled another, similarly museum-grade survey exploring the work of one of its leading figures, Kishio Suga. With 86 works spanning more than 40 years, it is a substantial undertaking - Suga's first solo exhibition in North America, and the first single-artist show to occupy both floors of the gallery's prodigious space. It feels light and fresh, almost spontaneously generative.
August 24, 1986 | ANDREW HORVAT, Andrew Horvat is a Times staff writer based in Tokyo
Japan's most popular practitioner of the 700-year-old craft of woodblock printing sweeps the wide sleeves of his kimono to one side and gently pushes the blade of a curved chisel into a slab of linden. With the tool, which he made by hand, the artist slowly begins carving the mirror image of an old gate in Kyoto, Japan's former capital. A 25-year resident of the ancient city, he is renowned for his defense of Japanese traditions.
July 18, 2010 | By Suzanne Muchnic, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Henry Clay Frick, J. Pierpont Morgan, Louisine and Henry O. Havemeyer in New York; J. Paul Getty, Norton Simon, Arabella and Henry E. Huntington in Los Angeles; Andrew W. Mellon in Washington, D.C.; Claribel and Etta Cone in Baltimore. Big names in the art world — and merely a sampling of Americans whose art collections have shaped the nation's museums. The artistic legacies of American collectors get serious attention in scholarly circles. The back story is another matter.
April 1, 2011
MOVIES Killer Klowns From Outer Space Attend a screening of the camp classic featuring creepy clown puppets by the Chiodo Brothers, who are masters of special-effects puppetry. Their handiwork has spanned decades, from the toothy fur balls in the "Critters" franchise to the gun-toting, epically vomiting marionettes in "Team America: World Police. " The Chiodos will host a Q&A after the film. Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.. 11:50 p.m. $10. (323)
August 13, 1995 | Judy Raphael
Shan Ichiyanachi dips a chopstick into his portable stove and comes up with a blob of molten blue corn syrup. Pulling, stretching and snipping with scissors, he adds red, green and yellow corn syrup, fashioning a sea horse with a fringed mane. The candy man has come to town. Ichiyanachi, 43, is one of two practitioners in the United States of amezaiku ("sweet candy craft"), a 1,000 year-old Asian folk art.
February 20, 2005 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
Optimistic old guy, that Hayao Miyazaki. Japan's most famous animator is forever dropping his characters into a world of hurt, a place where potions turn girls into crones and mothers betray their daughters, where war blackens the landscape and cynical adults "forget they ever knew how to cry." Yet by the time he gets to the credits, Miyazaki always finds a way to leave his heroes and his audience caressed by hope.
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