The prevailing theory of modern and contemporary art is that influence flows from West to East. The life and legacy of Toko Shinoda—who turned 106 this year—is a riposte to this, and much else beside. Her Sumi ink paintings hang in the most important museums in the world and belong in collections owned by the Imperial family of Japan and the Rockefellers of New York. “I grew to admire Shinoda immensely, especially the way in which she balanced simplicity and This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Design Kunio Maekawa A new exhibition at Kinfolk’s Case Study Room in Tokyo. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Karin Mamma Andersson Inside the moody, mysterious world of Sweden’s preeminent painter. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Amalie Smith The Danish arts writer finding clarity between the lines. Arts & Culture Issue 49 Studio Visit: Heidi Gustafson A cabin in the Cascade Mountains houses a hermetic artist—and her extraordinary world of natural pigments. Arts & Culture Issue 48 Jordan Casteel The acclaimed painter of people—and now plants. Arts & Culture Issue 48 The Art of Fashion On what artists’ clothes communicate.