It is unusual for a young art journal to take the chance of creating an issue devoted to a theme, but his exceptional issue opens the art world's eyes to the talents of Japanese artists. Included in this issue is a retrospective of the significant life of Shozo Nagano, now being celebrated around the world since his demise. It also offers ample space to interviews and images of artists Naoki Tatsuya, Kenya Shimizu, the extraordinary tattooed images of Hideko Koh, Yujiro's boldly colorful portraits and the incredibly splendid three-dimensional work of Shimamura Saburou.
As is the usual inclusion in these issues there is an art history article about an artist, but this time the article, with many, many images from the ancient past to the recent past, is titled The Orient and the Occident: Mutually Exchanged Influences and it ties the works of all of these talented artists to historical precedents. This is one of the most colorful issues of the journal. Grady Harp, July 12
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