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Tokyo finds a home for 'raw' art

Contemporary work by the self-taught gains recognition on Japan's gallery scene

Brut force: Dinosaurs, old sailing ships, historical costumed figures, giant snakes and chunky robotic characters fill Yuichiro Ukai's 2020 work, "Ship." Ink and colored pencil on cardboard. (Photo by Social Welfare Corporation Yamanami/Atelier Yamanami)

TOKYO -- Art brut (raw art), a genre that in recent years has exerted increasing influence on many trained contemporary artists, has found a new home at the Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery, a nonprofit space sponsored by the Japanese capital region's government through its Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.

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