If for some reason you can’t see the Vancouver exhibition you can always slip down to Boston where the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is running Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics, A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from October 2017 to April 1, 2018.
This exhibition is definitely a ground breaker because in it Murakimi has been challenged by his mentor, Japanese art historian Nobuo Tsuji to respond to historic Japanese art works in the museum’s collection. Just to give you a hint about the scope of this project, one of the pieces that Murakami responds to is Soga Shohaku’s 35 foot long Dragon and Clouds from 1763.
Murakami’s response was Dragon in Clouds—Red Mutation created in 2010 within a 24-hour period as a response to a challenge from Tsuji. The show consists of a dozen works created by Murakami and 30 chosen from the permanent collection. The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has the most important collection of Japanese art outside of Japan.
If for some reason you can’t see the Vancouver exhibition…
If you need another reason to visit Boston this fall aside from seafood, art may well be it. Henry James and American Painting is on at the Gardiner Museum from October 10th, 2017 to January 21st, 2018.
It is the first exhibition to examine the connections between the famous novelist’s work and painting. James believed that artists and novelists toiled in the same garden and his work has often been praised for its painterly qualities. In return painting influenced James’ work. He had important friendships with American painters John La Farge, John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.
The exhibition contains more than 50 paintings, drawings, watercolours, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters and books f rom two dozen museums and private collectors.
It would be hard to f ind anyone who doesn’t like Japanese woodblock prints. As they say about that beer, “Those who like it, like it a lot.” If you happen to fall into that category then a trip to Boston almost becomes mandatory because the Museum of Fine Arts Boston is running Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada until December 10th, 2017.
The two men were the top sellers in 19th century Japan and the show consists of a hundred prints, many of which have not been seen in America before. The images on display range from tattooed warriors and supernatural monsters to realistic portraits of kabuki theatre actors, sensual images of beautiful women and luxurious settings for historical scenes.
If you need another reason to visit Boston this fall aside from seafood…
If you happen to find yourself in Beantown in the near future I would heartily recommend dropping by the Museum of Fine Arts where from February 13 – June 26, 2016 they will be showing Visiting Masterpieces: Pairing Picasso . The show consists of 11 Picassos hung side by side for the sake of comparison. You could also take in The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris , which runs from March 12 – June 12, 2016 . Before it moves on later in the year to the AGO in Toronto.
If you happen to find yourself in Beantown in the near future I would heartily recommend dropping by the Museum of Fine Arts where from February 13 – June 26, 2016 they will be showing…
There’s much more to Boston than baked beans and it hosts a bustling museum and art scene. At the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Class Distinctions, Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt and Vermeer runs until January 18th .
The show has 75 portraits, genre scenes, landscapes and seascapes borrowed from European and American public and private collections. Roughly put the exhibition is divided into three sections showing the lower, middle and upper class members of the new Dutch Republic and a fourth section showing places where the three classes mixed. Works by artists on display include Rembrandt. Vermeer, Jan Steen, Pieter de Hooch, Gerard ter Borch and Gabriël Metsu.
There’s much more to Boston than baked beans and it hosts a bustling museum and art scene. At the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Class Distinctions, Dutch Painting in the Age of Rembrandt…