In terms of sheer beauty, this is a spectacular little exhibition that will doubtless draw fewer visitors than the Warhol show, but should not be missed. (Top: Monde Kogyoku, Renewal, From the Wave Series, 1990s).
Rimpa is a modern term that refers to a distinctive style that arose in Japan in the early 17th century and embraces art marked by bold graphic abbreviation of natural motifs, use of expensive mineral and metallic pigments, incorporation of calligraphy into painting and innovative brush techniques.
Ninety works of art trace the development of the Rimpa style and show how it continues to influence modern artists. Fifty works are from the Met’s collection; 45 are on loan from public and private collections.
Photos By Eleanor Foa Dienstag
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
September 12 – January 13, 2013
Reviewed by Eleanor Foa Dienstag