Mention Japanese art and most people immediately think of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. They’re not bad, they’re just, well, the obvious choice. It’s a choice on a par with the laziness of journalists who consistently describe anything to do with Japan as ‘zen’ (ah yes, Tokyo, so zen). But a new exhibition of Japanese art that just opened in Sydney seems to present some (gorgeous) Japanese art not often seen in Australia. I say ‘seems to’ as I sadly didn’t make it to the exhibition last weekend – too busy falling asleep at the SWF.
Taisho Chic combines paintings, prints, textiles and pretty things that range from 1912 to 1930 and show elements of art deco, art nouveau and the influence of Western culture on traditional Japanese art. No ‘geeshas’ or stylised waves in sight, so Sydneysiders and those in town, get thee to the Art Gallery of NSW. I’m frantically trying to find an excuse to get myself back to Sydney before the exhibition finishes in August – an urgent need for Reschs pilsner? Important research into the Maltese Cafe’s pasticci?
Art Gallery of NSW
Art Gallery Road
The Domain, Sydney
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