The world of contemporary Japanese art is continuously evolving, from modern takes on ukiyo-e (traditional Japanese woodblock paintings) to influences of anime and manga, the genre is full of treasures to unearth. Whether you’re a fan of art or you’re looking to add to your collection, the “Décor” exhibition is the place to discover what’s new in the contemporary Japanese art world.

Clifton Karhu

This two-day art event showcases masterpieces from The Tolman Collection and is held at the Tokyo American Club (TAC). Current club members will have exclusive access to the show on the first day (Sunday, April 25, 6pm – 8:30pm). The event will be open to the public on the second day (Monday, April 26, 10am – 7:30pm).

Décor will showcase four acclaimed American artists based in Kyoto: Clifton Karhu, Daniel Kelly, Joel Stewart and Brian Williams. Norman H. Tolman, owner and founder of the Tolman Collection, explains that the centerpiece of the event will be a striking painting by Daniel Kelly. 

Daniel Kelly paints the burning of the Golden Pavilion

“My artists’ work speaks for itself, just to your eyes,” says Tolman. “It happens to be Kelly’s version of the book by Yukio Mishima, ‘The Burning of the Golden Pavilion.’ He made the Golden Pavilion go down in flames. It’s so wonderful.” 

Left: Mori Yoshitoshi                                                                                                  Right: Saito Kiyoshi

Along with the four Tolman Collection artists, Saito Kiyoshi’s woodblock prints, Mori Yoshitoshi’s kappazuri stencil paintings and lithographs by Toko Shinoda will be on display.

“I want to make the show a humanized thing,” says Tolman. “I know my artists better than anyone, and I know what wonderful work they make. We are very happy to introduce and discuss all of the works that they made for us.”

Shinoda Toko

Through Décor, Tolman hopes to reanimate the world of contemporary Japanese art, while also providing a chance for foreigners to purchase work that will remind them of their life in Japan.

“We can take a space and make it ours,” says Tolman. “We do things in a Japanese way with an American undertone, and I think the combination is a successful one.”  

The Tolman Collection
2-2-18 Shiba Daimon, Minato-ku
Tokyo 105-0012
Contact: tc@tolmantokyo.com