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image image Accepting Entanglement: The Embroidered Creations of Junko Oki
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Jennifer Pastore
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In the hands of the right artist, even the most mundane materials can take on beautiful, strange, and vivid forms. Junko Oki (b. 1963) uses a self-developed method of embroidery to produce works that seem at once organic and otherworldly. Their raw, corporeal aesthetic derives from a process of uncovering buried and unexplored terrain within her own heart and mind. Oki Junko: The Exposed at the Kamakura Annex of The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama is Oki's first solo show at a museum. more...

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image image Kamisaka Sekka: Looking Forward, with an Eye on Tradition
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J.M. Hammond
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The late Meiji era (1868-1912) was a time of rapid change and upheaval, a turning point when Japanese artists had to decide for themselves the path they would take. For the artist and designer Kamisaka Sekka, this choice involved taking a few steps back in time to enable him to make a leap forward. A new exhibition at the Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art in Tokyo puts the spotlight on Kamisaka and the style of art he is most associated with, Rinpa (also spelled Rimpa). more...

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image image Chasing the Train: Railroads in Japanese History and Art
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Alan Gleason
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I like trains, and I especially like Tokyo's railways, since I grew up riding them. I have vivid memories of the Chuo and Yamate (now Yamanote) Line trains I took to the American School downtown in the late fifties. The cars were dark brown inside and out, gloomy but with warm wooden fixtures. War veterans with missing limbs often made their way from one end to the other, playing accordions and begging for money. A decade had passed since the end of the war, but its vestiges were everywhere. more...

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Accepting Entanglement: The Embroidered Creations of Junko Oki
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Chasing the Train: Railroads in Japanese History and Art
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Seeing as Though Touching: Contemporary Japanese Photography Vol. 19
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