Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Noguchi Shōhin 野口小蘋
Dec15

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Noguchi Shōhin 野口小蘋

by Alice Gordenker Entry on Noguchi Shōhin in Bunbu kōmeiroku 文武高名録, a compilation of famous people and important literary figures published in 1893. Private collection. Image used here with special permission. Are you familiar with the painter Noguchi Shōhin? If not, you’re hardly alone. Even when famous in their day, female artists are more likely to be forgotten because they are studied less, exhibited less and collected less. But...

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Between Heaven and Earth
Nov29

Between Heaven and Earth

Between Heaven and Earth After recovering from three somewhat harrowing days driving a rental car on the road in Japan, we learned , despite the high points of the trip, not to do it again. I also relearned that there is a very small margin of error between life and death on a snake like one lane curving road where a head -on collision could catapult you from one world to the next and was possible at any time. At Koyasan, while...

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Kusama and the Compulsive Visionaries
Nov27

Kusama and the Compulsive Visionaries

Kusama and the Compulsive Visionaries by Gail Rieke Perhaps this sounds like the name of a band, but it is not. Yayoi Kusama may currently be the most appreciated international woman artist of this time. Some of you may have seen her polka dot pumpkin in Naoshima, or her mirrored installations, or the Forever Museum recently opened in the Gion area of Kyoto https://fmoca.jp/en …one of the few museums in the world celebrating the work...

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