so lucky to have gotten the opportunity to attend this roundtable discussion at the honolulu museum of art the other week. it featured renowned japanese artists, masami teraoka and my FAVORITE!! yumiko glover. they both discussed the topic of censorship in japan in regard to art and society. throughout glover’s moe series, she provides a critique of the popular moe subculture in japan. in this series, young girls in schoolgirl/maid outfits are depicted as self-absorbed; they gaze into mirrors, take selfies, and apply makeup as little animals (representing men) crowd around and gaze up at them. she argues that girls who participate in this subculture are surrendering to the stereotypical subservient role of women, as moe derives from male fantasy.

Art critic and professor Dore Ashton passed away on January 30. A highly respected eyewitness to the flourishing of the loose association of mid-century artists of the New York School, Ashton’s first review of Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture appeared in the French publication, XX Siecle, in 1960. Ashton would continue to follow Noguchi’s career and visit his studio until his death in 1988, ultimately publishing Noguchi East and West in 1992. This book serves as one our bibles here at the museum. 


Dore Ashton with Noguchi’s Red Untitled (1965-66, red Persian travertine, now in the collection of Honolulu Academy of Arts)

Photograph by Tibor Franyo. 

The Noguchi Museum Archives