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ARTmonday: Modern Sculpture Garden in Japan

With our delayed flight on Sunday (hung out in the San Francisco airport for 8 hours after flying in from Osaka), and adjusting back to Boston life, this post about the sculpture garden called the Hakone Open-Air Museum is a few days delayed. But no less fantastic. I loved exploring Tokyo and Kyoto, but in terms of actual sights, this was by far my favorite.

The Hakone Open-Air Museum opened in 1969 as the first open-air art museum in Japan. I wasn’t sure what “open-air” meant, but quickly discovered it is a vast sculpture garden. There are also four indoor exhibition halls though I didn’t have time to see any of those.

The museum’s collections include about 100 sculptures by both Asian and Western artists including Rodin, Miro, and Moore. In fact, I believe I read that the Hakone Open-Air Museum has the largest collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the world. 

The museum is also known for its hot springs-fed foot bath. (Hakone is a resort town famous for its hot springs.) It was my first introduction to the Japanese foot bath, and sublime. 

Here are some of my favorite pieces from my afternoon at the Hakone Open-Air Museum last week.

Silver Cone Sculpture At Open Air Museum Hakone Japan

unidentified

Modern Sculpture By Agustin Cardenas In Hakone

Agustin Cardenas, Femme au Repos, 1976

Jean Dubuffet Sculpture In Japan

Jean Dubuffet, Arborescence, 1971-80

Miss Black Power Sculptuer At Open Air Museum

Niki de Saint Phalle, Miss Black Power, 1968

Two Hares Sculpture in Hakone Japan

Barry Flanagan, Two Boxing Rabbits, 1965

Abstract Sculpture Of Two Figures By Henry Moore

foreground: Henry Moore
 background: Gabriel Loire, Symphonic Sculpture

Henry Moore Sculpture In Japanese Sculpture Garden Hakone

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure Arch Leg

Ryoli Gojo Intersecting Space Construction

Ryoli Gojo, Intersecting Space Construction, 1978

Ryoli Gojo Intersecting Space Construction Detail

Ryoli Gojo, Intersecting Space Construction, 1978, detail

Giuliano Vangi 2004 White Sculpture In Japan

Giuliano Vangi, Grande Racconto, 2004

Gold Ball Sculpture In Hakone Japan Sculpture Garden

Arnaldo Pomodoro, Sphere Within Sphere (Sfera con sfera)

Fried Egg Benches At Hakone Open Air Museum in Japan

Carl Milles, The Hand of God
fried egg benches

Barbara Hepworth Sculpture In Hakone Japan

Barbara Hepworth, Two Figures, 1968

Henry Moore Sculpture In Hakone Japan Sculpture Garden

Henry Moore, Reclining Figure: Angles, 1979

Jean Arp Gold Blob Figure Sculpture In Japan

Jean Arp, The Giant Pip

Matchinsky-Denninghoff Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open Air Museum

Matchinsky-Denninghoff, Sturm, 1980

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

unidentified

Hand Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

 Rainer Kreister, Big Hand

Bronze Arm Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Kenneth Armitage, Both Arms, 1969-70

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

unidentified

Alexander Calder Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Alexander Calder, Les Aretes de Poisson, 1966

Jim Dine Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Jim Dine, The Lookout Tower, 1990

Japanese Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Hiroatsu Takata, La Mer, 1962

Henry Moore Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Henry Moore, Family Group, 1948-49

Henry Moore Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Henry Moore, Mother and Child: Block Seat, 1983-84

Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965

Pregnant Woman Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965, detail

Nude Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

César, La Victoire de Villetaneuse, 1965, detail

Mid-Century Modern Sculpture At Hakone Open-Air Museum In Japan

Ossip Zadkine, La Demeure, 1960

Foot Bath At Hakone Sculpture Garden Museum In Japan

foot bath

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ARTmonday: 24 Black & White Abstract Artworks

That just a few strokes of black paint on a white canvas can have such impact, provokes a sense of wonder.  It could be bold colorblocking, some simple swirls, or seemingly carefree scratches. Well executed black & white abstract artworks use so little (but really so much), to present themselves as elegant and evocative.

I always admire black & white abstract artworks when I see them, most often in highly designed spaces in interior design magazines. A bit over two years ago I posted “Montage: 64 Rooms with Black and White Art,” showing room after room featuring black & white abstract artworks.

As I mentioned then, I find myself hesitating when confronted with purchasing such simple work, but really the payback is huge. You might think you could make that yourself, but you didn’t, and really, you couldn’t. Sure, you might be able to copy the piece, if you know which mediums to use and how to manipulate the materials, but as with fashion, it’s the most simple designs that are the most genius.

Here are 24 black & white abstract artworks, from masters that include Jean Arp, Josef Albers, and Jasper Johns, as well as less (or little) known contemporary artists.

Antoine-Puisais

Antoine Puisais

brice-marden

Brice Marden

David-Band-Rose-Drawing-#04

David Band

Alan-Johnston-Bartha-Contemporary

Alan Johnston  •  Bartha Contemporary

jaume-pinya

Jaume Pinya

jean-arp

Jean Arp

Josef-Albers-Show-Case-1935

Josef Albers

Mark-Handforth-Strange-Ring

Mark Handforth

matthew-feyld

Matthew Feyld

richard-serra

Richard Serra

Victor-Pasmore

Victor Pasmore  •  Laing Art Gallery

Bernar-Venet

Bernar Venet

alexander-calder-painting

Alexander Calder

Guy-Vandenbranden

Guy Vandenbranden

Jason-Karolak-untitled-(D-1007)-2010

Jason Karolak

Jasper-Johns-Untitled-1978

Jasper Johns  •  Matthew Marks Gallery

Jim-Lee-Untitled-(Freudian-Slip)

Jim Lee  •  Edward Thorp Gallery

lisa-hochstein-missing-pieces-2012

Lisa Hochstein

mark-rothko-black-painting

Mark Rothko

Markus-Amm

Markus Amm  •  David Kordansky Gallery

Richard-Diebenkorn-Black-Club-1981

Richard Diebenkorn

teresita-fernandez

Teresita Fernandez  •  Lehmann Maupin Gallery

vivienne-griffin

 Vivienne Griffin  •  Bureau Gallery

maria-dukers-abstract-1-2010

Maria Dukers

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