Playful Thursday

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This installation by Jacob Hashimoto, Silence Still Governs our Consciousness, creates a floating realm which seeks to synthesis the present with the future, and nature with technology. Hashimoto conceived this “cloud of 7,000 kites” specifically for MACRO’s new exhibition gallery, with the intention of creating a “quiet, meditative, sculptural environment.”

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Represented, a neon installation by Joseph Kosuth. In his neon’s, Kosuth uses tautological statements whereby the works literally are what they say they are. inhotim-stage-small-73962A stage at Brazil’s Inhotim.

291677Pale pink Bauhaus cabinet.

Easy, peasy, Japaneasy – A brief span of Art in Japan

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Japanese art has had a profound effect on European artists, stemming from Degas and Van Gogh, right through to Toulouse-Lautrec and Monet. As such, every art lover should be armed with a brief span of its rich history.

UKIYO-E and UKIYO

The Japanese term, Ukiyo-e, commonly translated as “pictures of the floating world,” refers to a style of genre painting and woodblock printing that arose in Japan during the 17th century and fell into decline in the 19th century. Similarly, Ukiyo, or “floating world” refers to the pleasure seeking and decadent features of the urban lifestyle, ubiquitous in Japanese society throughout the Edo period from approximately 1600 to 1867. Within its interrelated engagements in poetry, literature, theatre, story telling (rakugo), visual arts and the highly refined engagements of the licensed brothel quarters, the “floating world” sub-culture cultivated its own carefully refined behaviours, manners and sensibilities implicit in the…

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