I think of art as the highest level of creativity. To me, it is one of the greatest sources of enjoyment.
I owe much to mother. She had an expert's understanding, but also approached art emotionally.
I learned more from my mother than from all the art historians and curators who have informed me about technical aspects of art history and art appreciation over the years.
The Japanese have a wonderful sense of design and a refinement in their art. They try to produce beautiful paintings with the minimum number of strokes.
They decided to establish a museum of modern art where works by contemporary artists would be shown. Mother was viewed as a very progressive person, and not everybody liked the paintings she bought.
The conventional notions of art have changed, and a lot of things done today are considered works of art that would have been rejected in the past.
The role of a museum of modern art is to make a good selection and identify what we believe to be the coming movements, and that requires taste.
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