September 29, 2010

Visiting Another Green World

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September 28, 2010

French Kissing the Soft Machine

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September 26, 2010

Origins of the Portuguese Paper Fetish

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September 23, 2010

September 21, 2010

September 20, 2010

Light in the Darkness: Benn's Psalms

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September 15, 2010

Warsaw Wobble

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September 14, 2010

La Vita Nuova

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September 13, 2010

Tilting at Woodcuts 2

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September 12, 2010

Konstantin v. Konstantin

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September 9, 2010

Death by absinthe, kerosene, and sneeze

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September 7, 2010

Strange Parameters


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Yoshitaka Nakao, Evening Shower, 1971
Yoshitaka Nakao (born 1911), Evening Shower, 1971
"He was a mostly self-taught printmaker, although he did some work with Azechi Umetaro" (also featured below)



Takei Takeo, Circus Tightrope Walkers, 1952
Takei Takeo, Circus Tightrope Walkers, 1952
also see: Takei Takeo Lab of Ornithology and Children's Day in Japan, 1936



Asaji Kobayashi 1898-1939 - Kobayashi Exhibition Poster
Asaji Kobayashi (1898-1939) - Kobayashi Exhibition Poster
Another nice one


Masao Ikeda, Death in Paradise, 1965 (lithography)
Masao Ikeda, Death in Paradise, 1965 (lithography)
Found in The Contemporary Artist in Japan


Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), 1890
Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), 1890
Featured once before (bug-eyed earth spider, scroll down)
Recommended viewing if you like this style: one of the all-time most popular posts on this blog: The Strange Visions of Utagawa Kuniyoshi.



Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Doll in Court Dress (Gosho Doll)
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957), Doll in Court Dress (Gosho Doll)
A surprising (to me) work by an artist known for the nighttime townscapes as seen in this post.



Koson Ohara 1877-1945 - Dancing Fox
Koson Ohara 1877-1945 - Dancing Fox



Nagase Yoshiro, Nodachi Kannon, not dated
Nagase Yoshiro, Nodachi Kannon, not dated

A google search reveals that I once featured him. This bio mentions his involvement with an avant-garde magazine named Kamen -- I will definitely investigate.



Fumio Fujita born 1933 - Flying - E
Fumio Fujita born 1933 - Flying - E



Fumio Fujita born 1933 - Inside a Cage - A
Fumio Fujita born 1933 - Inside a Cage - A



Fumio Fujita born 1933 - Mask - A
Fumio Fujita born 1933 - Mask - A



Shinjiro Okamoto, One Indian...1964
Shinjiro Okamoto, One Indian...1964
Found in The Contemporary Artist in Japan
There isn't much online about this artist, though see x and y, and this exhibition description. The Met holds his portfolio "Betty Boop's Country" (unfortunately with no images).



Umetaro Azechi, Mountaineer, 1956
Umetaro Azechi, Mountaineer, 1956

I featured this artist once before, in the post A European Hillbilly and Bats Blaming Each Other. Since that time I picked up a huge Japanese book collecting his work -- a prized possession. I wonder if these are from a series -- "Mountaineer," "Grieving Mountaineer," "Mountaineer in Love," "Grieving Mountaineer in Love."


Umetaro Azechi, Grieving Mountaineer, 1957
Umetaro Azechi, Grieving Mountaineer, 1957



Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997), Three Roosters, ca. 1980
Kiyoshi Saito (1907-1997), Three Roosters, ca. 1980
a ton more at Christies



Sadao Watanabe, Escape, 1973
Sadao Watanabe, Escape, 1973
He's pretty famous. Some more on my flickr: 1, 2, 3, 4



Junichiro Sekino, 1981, Masked Fire
Junichiro Sekino, 1981, Masked Fire
more at Christies



Kihachiro Shimozawa 1901-1984 - Autumn Colors around a Lake
Kihachiro Shimozawa (1901-1984) - Autumn Colors Around a Lake
Also featured in the post Mystery Zone.



Sumio Kawakami (1895-1972), dust jacket, undated
Sumio Kawakami (1895-1972), dust jacket, undated



Joichi Hoshi 1913-1979 - Snowball (F)
Joichi Hoshi 1913-1979 - Snowball (F)
Hoshi bio



Akira Kurosaki born 1937 - Mysterious Night
Akira Kurosaki born 1937 - Mysterious Night



Mika Katatani, Strange Parameters B, 1968
Mika Katatani, Strange Parameters B, 1968
Another from this series. It would be nice to see all of them.


Naoko Matsubara, Flute, 1974, Woodblock Print
Naoko Matsubara, Flute, 1974, Woodblock Print
You might not see it at first, but those are fingers playing a flute.
Many more here



Ai-O born 1931 - Fire Bird
Ai-O born 1931 - Fire Bird


This is an "all Japan" edition of one of my image dives. Most of them are 20th century prints, found around the internet. Some are scans from my book collection, including a few from Modern Japanese Prints, a handy collection of 1000 woodblock prints.

September 6, 2010

Praying in Haeckel's Garden

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September 1, 2010