This installment of Art That Inspires Me features a Japanese Buddhist statue that appeared on a poster sent to me by the Yale University Art Gallery.
The Newark Museum in Newark, New Jersey is possibly the most under-rated museum ever. It has a fabulous collection and is just a short train ride from Manhattan, but people almost never talk about it. I think this is really unfortunate.
Onigawara (from the Japanese word oni, meaning "ogre") are monster heads sometimes found on the roofs of Japanese buildings. They are similar to what we typically call "grotesques" - decorative creatures with symbolic, religious, or ideological rather than practical function. The onigawara I've seen are generally closer to relief-carvings than other types of grotesque, and accordingly, I haven't found… Continue reading Gargoyle of the Day: Tokyo University of the Arts