Zen Buddhism and Art in Japan

Zen Buddhism: Detail of Jurojin-portrait-by-Sesson

The National Asian Art Museum’s medieval Zen collections are currently on show at the Freer Gallery in an exhibition that brings together works from Japan and China to illustrate the visual, spiritual, and philosophical power of Zen in Japan. Chan… Continue reading


Asian Art Newspaper discovers Japanese works of art in important American private collections, including the John C Weber and Mr and Mrs John D Rockefeller 3rd collection, that explore the art of impermanence in an exhibition on show at Asia… Continue reading


Arts of Japan: Head of a Guardian, Japan, Kamakura period, 13th century. Hinoki cypress wood with lacquer on cloth, pigment, rock crystal, metal, 22 56 x 26 x 35.4 cm, Brooklyn Museum, gift of Mr and Mrs Alastair B Martin, the Guennol Collection. All Photos: Brooklyn Museum

Asian Art Newspaper takes a look at the newly opened Arts of Japan gallery at Brooklyn Museum, New York, which features kimono, noh masks, teaware, Japanese prints, lacquerware, Shinto sculpture, and much more. Following a multiyear renovation and the reopening… Continue reading

Kamakura Sculpture: Realism and Spirituality

Kaikei (active ca. 1183–1223), Fudo Myoo, Kamakura period, early 13th century, lacquered, polychromed, and gilded Japanese cypress (hinoki) with cut gold leaf (kirikane) and inlaid crystal eyes, 54.6 x 42.5 x 38.1 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015 Image copyright Β© The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The magnificent sculpture of the Kamakura period Β (1185-1333) has long been considered a high point in the history of Japanese art. Stylistic and technical innovations led to sculpture that displayed greater realism than ever before. Sculptors began signing their works,… Continue reading