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Sculpting the Subject’s Innate Qualities

Okumura Nobuyuki is the first Japanese artist to produce a bronze bust of a pope for display at the Vatican. He has dedicated statues of three popes to the Vatican to date. We met with him in his studio near Rome to ask him about the development of his art that has brought him to where he is today.
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Manabe Daito: Pushing the Boundaries Between Art and Technology

We sat down with Rhizomatiks chief Manabe Daito to talk about his work with drones and augmented reality and how he is using them to push the boundaries of artistic expression forward.
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Siberian Colors: Japanese Artist Kazuki Yasuo’s Legacy of HopeYorozuya Kenji

In the wake of Japan’s defeat in World War II, artist Kazuki Yasuo spent nearly two years as a prisoner in Soviet labor camps in Siberia. After returning home, he spent the remaining decades of his life depicting the horrors of war and internment. His 57-piece Siberia Series, a haunting collection of Western-style oil paintings, remains a powerful record of conflict and the human spirit.
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A Requiem in Salt: Japanese Artist Yamamoto Motoi

Working with salt, Japanese artist Yamamoto Motoi creates stunning labyrinth installations. After taking a year off to mourn his wife, the artist recently returned to his native Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture for a new exhibit.
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Zen, Tea, and Digital Flowers: A Transient Art Experience

An art installation at a Paris trade fair combined the latest digital technology with naturally produced tea. The two Japanese groups involved in the collaboration offered visitors a brief but unforgettable Zen-inspired experience.
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Shifted Gravity: A New Exhibition in Tokyo (Japan in Photos)

An interactive trick-art exhibit at Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo, on November 16, 2017. It is part of Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing, a solo exhibition of the Argentinian artist’s work beginning on November 18. Visitors can enter the artwork Building, shifting their viewpoint and experiencing a tilted world. The exhibition runs until April 1, 2018. (© Jiji)
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Taikan Painting Found, to Be Exhibited after 100 Years (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Buddhist painting by renowned Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan (1868–1958) has been found after being missing for some 100 years, and will be shown in public next year, according to MOMAT, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. The painting, Byakue Kannon (Kannon in White), is a portrait of the Bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteśvara). It will be put on show at the …
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The “Yōkai” Art of the Master

Toriyama Sekien was an influential Edo-period artist who taught some of the giants of the ukiyo-e world. Today he is best known for his collections of yōkai illustrations, which he released in four books in 1776–84 as a form of mass-produced popular literature. We spoke with the translators who have made his work available to Spanish and English readers about the artist and the impact he continues to have to this day.
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Ocean Child: Reappraising Ono Yōko’s AchievementsKusumi Kiyoshi

For many years, Ono Yōko’s putative role in the breakup of the Beatles overshadowed her own achievements as an artist and activist. Now all that is changing. Art critic Kusumi Kiyoshi adds his own insights to the ongoing reappraisal of this much-misunderstood Japanese legend.
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A Retro Manga Master’s Italian Renaissance

Italian fans have discovered the allure of the late manga artist Kamimura Kazuo, whose erotic yet poetic depiction of women elicited comparisons with ukiyo-e and whose ruthless heroines have inspired the likes of Quentin Tarantino. We talked to the translator and scholar Paolo La Marca about his love affair with Kamimura’s work.
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