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Hermitage Takes Center Stage in Tokyo

An exhibition of masterpieces from the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is now under way in Tokyo, presenting great works from the collection amassed by successive emperors and empresses of the Russian empire. Nobuyuki Senzoku, professor [...]

North Korean Artist Swaps Propaganda for Satire

LONDON (Reuters) — For seven years, North Korean artist Song Byeok painted propaganda posters glorifying the world’s most secretive regime. Today, having defected to South Korea, he uses his talents to satirize his repressive homeland. Growing [...]

Help Sought for Damaged A-Bomb Artworks

“The Hiroshima Panels,” a series of folding screens depicting the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and other scenes, have been suffering from increasingly severe insect damage in recent years, so the gallery housing them [...]

Exhibition Celebrates Takashi Yanase’s Legacy

Akiyoshi Hatamoto reports: An exhibition featuring original works from a children’s magazine edited by manga artist and poet Takashi Yanase (1919-2013) is under way at the Poem and Marchen Gallery in Kami, Kochi Prefecture. The gallery is part of [...]

Warhol’s Mao Portrait Fetches $12.7 Million

HONG KONG (AFP-Jiji) — A classic Andy Warhol portrait of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong fetched $12.7 million at auction in Hong Kong on Sunday, Sotheby’s said — well short of the top estimate of more than $15 million. The sale of the 1973 [...]

[VIDEO] Paris: The Luminous Years

Produced by Thirteen for WNET.org, the Eloquent Image LLC, INA and ARTE France in association with YLE Teema. Written, directed and produced by Perry Miller Adato; Margaret Smilow, executive producer; Junko Tsunashima and Kristin Lovejoy, producers; [...]

[VIDEO] Cherry Watch Pie

Because sometimes what you need most is a pie that looks like the inside of a watch. Jessica of Pies Are Awesome (previously featured here) has outdone herself with the exquisite clockwork crust on this mouthwatering Cherry Watch Pie. “As a kid my [...]

[VIDEO] How Nuclear Weapons Screwed Art Forgers

How Historians Are Using Nuclear Fallout to Find Fake Art Andrew Tarantola writes: …Since the start of the 1960s, the art world—especially the modern art world—has been besieged by a torrent of faked “masterpieces.” Peggy [...]

The Sixties … before “the Sixties”

Most people get the 1960s wrong in an important way.  This includes people who “were there” — who lived through that time as children, teens or adults.  Perhaps more than any other decade or era in modern US history, the 1960s [...]

Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Becomes Art Gallery

Yomiuri Shimbun Photographer Masahiro Sugimoto writes: An area popularly known as Kiyosumi-Shirakawa in Koto Ward, Tokyo, is bounded by the Sumidagawa river and canals from the Edo period (1603-1867). The district, which maintains the atmosphere of [...]