Tag: japan

The dark surrealism of Tetsuya Ishida

This painting (Earthquake / Terremoto) by the late Japanese artist Tetsuya Ishida sold at Christie’s to a private American buyer for almost $350,000 U.S., 10 times the anticipated base price – demonstrating the never-ending popularity of this surrealist painter.

Drainspotting in Japan

Leave it to Japan to put manhole covers into a street beautification program, creating art that is now a national obsession. Examples of the stunning drain covers are collected in Drainspotting, a book by British-Australian artist and film director Remo Camerota, who also blogs about them, here.  The […]

Yayoi Kusama: Flowers that Bloom

Yayoi Kusama is an 82-year-old Japanese avant-garde artist known for her obsession with dots, and more recently, for her collaborative designs with Louis Vuitton.  These large sculptures are Fiberglass reinforced plastic, metal and all-weather urethane paint, from her series Flowers that Bloom at Midnight and Flowers that Bloom Tomorrow.  […]

Unbearable Remnants of Hiroshima

Heartbreaking remnants of clothing and personal effects left behind by the victims of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in August, 1945, are the images in this exhibit at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver. Internationally acclaimed for a career spanning three decades, Ishiuchi Miyako chose the subjects of […]