The One about the Golden Obelisk in Odaiba, designed by Phillipe Starck

French designer Philippe Starck is well-known for his interior, architectural, industrial and product design. Starck studied at the Ecole Camondo in Paris and he created an inflatable structure in 1969 that questioned materiality and would bring him to the attention of Pierre Cardin who offered him a job as an artistic director of his publishing house. From his creations such as Cafe Costes, Mama Shelter in Marseille, France, his Volteis […]

The One about the Portrait of Madame Paul Duchesne-Fournet, 1879 by Jean-Jacques Henner

When I visit LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), I’m often drawn to the oil on canvas painting of the “Portrait of Madame Paul Duchesne-Fournet, 1879” by Jean-Jacques Henner. Henner is a French painter who was known for using sfumato (one of the four canonical painting modes of Renaissance art and is derived from the word “fume”) and chiaroscuro (one of the four canonical painting modes of Renaissance art […]

The One about Andrea Marks’ “Fukami: Purity of Form”

I have been fortunate to have met Fukami Sueharu and one book that I treasure (and was thrilled to have him sign) was a copy of “Fukami: Purity of Form” written by Andrea Marks (and also including essays from other associates who are well-versed in the work of Fukami). For anyone who has never seen the work of Fukami, the one thing that will amaze you is how some of […]

The One about the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture

For over 20 years, the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture(formerly known as the Ruth & Sherman Lee Institute for Japanese Art at the Clark Center) in Hanford, California, has provided magnificent exhibitions of artwork to many people in the local area but also many who travel to see artwork that you will never see at many of the major art museums in the country. Founded by Willard “Bill” […]