November 14, 1998 |
From perhaps the world's smallest kite to acrobatics by Tokyo firefighters, a once-in-a-lifetime view of Japan goes on display Sunday, back to the age before Americans opened the country to the outside world nearly 150 years ago. It is an exhibit called "Edo--Art in Japan 1615-1868." Tokyo was known as Edo in the 17th century, when it had a million inhabitants and was the world's largest city, said Earl A. Powell III, director of the National Gallery of Art.
November 15, 2012 |
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.
April 1, 1991 |
There is really nothing new about the current Western fascination with Japan. It has been thus ever since the French Impressionists discovered Japanese prints in the curio shops of Paris. Neither is there much novelty in the fact that our fascination focuses on Japanese art. Japan and its art have become synonymous in the Western mind. Germany can be conceived without thinking art, not so Japan. The latest round of beguilement seems to have a new twist.
June 22, 2011 |
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)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1986 |
Every other Saturday morning, the Fuji Bonsai Nursery in Sylmar surrenders its usual serenity to become a laboratory for people taking the fast track to an ancient art form. It is do-it-yourself day in the world of bonsai. Bonsai, for those who may not know, is the practice of growing an ordinarily large tree in a small pot.
November 22, 1998 |
In 1615, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the Japanese shogun, or military feudal overlord, defeated his remaining rivals to emerge as unchallenged ruler of Japan, bringing on 2 1/2 centuries of unprecedented peace and prosperity under army rule. The calm and the riches during the reign of 15 successive Tokugawa shoguns fostered an incredible outburst of art--on screens and scrolls and kimonos and textiles and porcelain and lacquer and helmets and woodblocks--in an era that is known as the Edo period in Japan.
October 9, 1998 |
For decades, Toyoji Kuroda has been promoting Japanese movies abroad. But in South Korea, Kuroda, an official with the Assn. to Promote Japanese Films Overseas, rarely has been able to get past "go"--meaning the government. Because of lingering bitterness toward Japan, which occupied the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, Seoul still bans most Japanese movies, music and comics.
December 29, 1988 |
We look to the art of Japan with a mixture of awe, admiration and boredom. Awe for the discipline and skill with which Japanese artists approach their work, admiration for the effortless good taste that seems to inform everything they do, and boredom arising from the negation of the self that permeates Japanese culture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1993 |
Latino and African-American participation in higher education is comparatively low. Nationally, fewer than 10% of bachelor's degree and only 5% of doctoral degrees are awarded to these groups, but the Doheny Campus of Mount St. Mary's College, celebrating its 30th anniversary, successfully serves a student population that is 90% minority and often academically under-prepared.