Japanese Conceptual Artist On Kawara Dies

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The Japanese artist On Kawara has passed away at the age of 81. He was most well known for his date paintings which recorded the date in the format of whatever country he happened to be in at the time. I thought he painted one every single day but I’m told he did between 63 and 241 date paintings each year since 1966. Earlier this year the conceptual artist’s ‘May 1, 1987′ today series painting sold for a record $4.2 million. Continue Reading

Japanese Erotic Art: Shunga

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Art and sex come together at the British Museum in a new exhibition called Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese art. Shunga, which is the Japanese term for erotic art, literally meaning spring pictures, is a selection 170 works from collections around the world, in the form of paintings, prints and illustrated books. The erotic art is from the 1600s through to 1900.Continue Reading

Takashi Murakami and Louis Vuitton Controversy

There’s an interesting article over at the LA Times on art, manufacturing, brands, and people that seem to enjoy being in court.

“They may not have realized it, but the folks who snapped up as much as $4-million worth of limited-edition prints by artist Takashi Murakami two years ago at the special Louis Vuitton boutique inside his exhibition at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art apparently were getting nicely mounted handbags — minus the snaps and straps.”Continue Reading