Japanese painting and calligraphy

Art, Japan

I went to Japanese painting, Nihonga and calligraphy, Syodou show at Gallery MC. Most of the paintings are steel life. And the subject matters are nature like flowers. The artist, Mieko Arai has a long Nihonga career. I asked her if she paint without seeing real objects. Her answer was “nature is the greatest teacher.”  You can learn art by seeing nature. So, painting from real object is crucial part of Nihonga. I think this is an essence of Japanese art.




Picasso Sculpture at MOMA


The Museum of Modern Art is showing Picasso Sculpture. He is famous as a painter but not so as a sculptor. My impression is he is also great as a sculptor. I love all of them. They are gorgeous. The lines of sculptures are strong and bold yet their colors are so subtle and complicated. This is a show you must see. It’s until February 7. Hurry!




de Kooning Sculpture, 1972-1974



Do you know that de Kooning made not only painting but also sculptures? Here is a show at Skarstedt, de Kooning Sculptures, 1972-1974. I saw one of his big sculptures at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston years ago. I didn’t like it. I thought he was a great painter but not a sculptor. I was wrong. How beautiful his sculptures are. This show opened my eyes.

Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland at The Morgan

Art, Children's book

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 8.45.23 PM I went to The Morgan Library and Museum to see Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland.
This is not the show about Disney animation but the original book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll and illustrated by Sir John Tenniel.

It was so many people. By my surprise, many guys were there and looking very carefully. Because the main character, Alice is a girl, I thought that only female readers love this book so much. But I was wrong!

Linda Benglis show at Storm King Art Center

Art, Outdoor sculpture

I went to Storm King Art Center to see Linda Benglis : WATER SOURCES.
It was first time me to go Storm King Art Center. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. This is a huge beautiful sculpture garden. It was a really nice day trip from New York City. I enjoyed sculptures in natue.

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Lynda Benglis: Water Sources is the first exhibition centered around the outdoor water fountains that the artist has been developing since the early 1980s. More broadly, this presentation takes as its point of departure the interest in water and landscape that Benglis has explored throughout the last thirty years of her career.

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On Kawara at Guggenheim Museum

Art, Guggenheim Museum, Museum, New York Art, show and exhibition

I went to a very interesting show, On Kawara – Silence at Guggenheim Museum. Since On Kawara is a well-known Japanese artist, I know his work quite while. But I had never seen this volume of his work. This is the first full representation of Kawara’s output, beginning in 1964 and including every category of work, much of it produced during his travels across the globe: date paintings (the Today series); postcards (the I Got Up series); telegrams (the I Am Still Alive series); maps (the I Went series); lists of names (the I Met series); newspaper cuttings (the I Read series); the inventory of paintings (Journals); and calendars (One Hundred Years and One Million Years).
I think his work is performance art in funny way. We are not seeing when he is performing but seeing the record of his performance.

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