Saturday, June 13, 2009

Chicago in Osaka (embracing art)

Landing in a place that is 14 hours different in time where you came from means dealing with a little tiredness - if not from jet lag, then at least from sitting in one position for 10 hours at 37,000 feet.

Hiroko-san likes the option of easing us all into Japan with just a bit of familiarity: the Namba Art Walk in Osaka, where your sister-city proudly displays ceramic-transfer replicas of some of the Art Institute of Chicago's works.

Josh took full advantage of the almost indestructible replicas and eerie visual fidelity by doing what you never could do at the Art Institute (without getting arrested and betraying the museum): get up close and just hug a work of art, in this case Frederick Hassam's Little Pond, Appledore.

Ah, now that is art appreciation....

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