Judith van Praag

Writer and artist Judith van Praag moved from the Netherlands to Seattle, WA, where she covers art, artists and architecture, books and entertainment. She conducts architectural tours of the Seattle Central Public Library, which was designed by her countryman Rem Koolhaas. Reach her at judith@dutchessabroad.com

Updated February 23, 2006

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Thought Warrior: Shinkichi Tajiri

On December 7, 2003, on his 80th birthday, artist Shinkichi Tajiri was honored by the Dutch art world, friends and family, with the opening of a retrospective exhibition at the Valkhof Museum in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The show encompassed more than half a century of diverse works.

At the entrance, visitors were welcomed by the latest addition to the prolific artist’s oeuvre, a lineup of 47 Ronin (based on the 18th-century tale of masterless samurai who defend the honor of their deceased master). The nearly nine-foot-tall warriors, sculpted out of foam board —part monstrous fighting machines, part hard core ...

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