Japanese Art

Artist plays mind games with viewers

Red Demon and Blue Demon with 48 Arhats. Photos: Takashi Murakami, Blum & Poe

Dominating one of the spacious white-walled galleries at Blum & Poe in Los Angeles is a towering, glittering, gold sculpture: swirling flames emanate from a vast skull, the cavernous eye sockets occupied by smaller skulls, the whole effect like that of a gilded alien cadaver in a hurricane.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 3:59pm

Floating wonderment

Title wall Sunrise (2013), by Lady Aiko. Photo: Japan Society Gallery

The more things change, the more things stay the same. A new exhibition at New York's Japan Society, entitled "Edo Pop: The Graphic Impact of Japanese Prints", looks at the relationship between modern art and the ukiyo-e woodblock prints that were popular in Japan during the 18th and 19th centuries.

21 Apr 2013 - 3:44pm

Myanmar pops up here

Ceramic artists Susanna Pang Bik-tsui and Venus Lee Lan-kiu share a passion for handmade crafts, but felt they didn't get the respect they deserved in Hong Kong. With that in mind, they launched the Soil initiative, to promote and showcase traditional arts from around the world.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Old is the new new

THE PARADOX OF becoming an artist is that the aspirant has to copy and learn from past and contemporary examples, while seeking an original creative voice. In Japan, there's an additional problem. In their quest to acquire a new vocabulary of expression, many young artists introduce foreign elements into their artwork rather than achieve true originality.

19 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Art to bloom at exhibition

More than 100 pieces of flower arrangements, including ikebana, will be showcased at an exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum in November.

The Japan-Hong Kong Flower Art will have new attractions, such as ikebana and a tea ceremony, that will enhance the event's appeal among culture lovers.

27 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

World Beat

What's going on around the globe

For all their colourful girlishness, there's something disturbing about the works of Aya Takano, a young Japanese artist who has just held her first solo US exhibition, at the Blum & Poe gallery in Los Angeles.

29 May 2005 - 12:00am

Expert Advice

Q My antique Chinese lacquer box has a cracked lid and chipped edges. Is there anyone in Hong Kong who can repair it for me? Is this something I could do myself?

28 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Japanese Art Of The Nineteenth Century

Treasures from the Tokyo National Museum, including paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, lacquer ware, metalwork, sword fittings, textiles, furniture and folding screens. Pictured is an ukiyo-e portrait of courtesans in Shinagawa, by Kikukawa Eizan. 10am-6pm Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat (closed Thur); 1pm-6pm Sun and public holidays. Special Exhibition Gallery, 2/F HK Museum of Art, TST.

24 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Unlocking a trove of talent

YOU would think, if you ran a museum stuffed with more than one million exhibits, that picking out a few things to lend Hong Kong wouldn't really be much of a problem. At which Nishioka Yasuhiro laughs.

23 Jul 2000 - 12:00am