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 Issue 47 Correction: The Starving Artist Bad times don’t always make for good art. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Rachid Koraïchi Meet the Algerian artist building cemeteries. Arts & Culture Issue 47 Simone Bodmer-Turner Meet the artist throwing clay a curveball. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Studio Visit: Yoko Kubrick In the studio with a sculptor of monuments and mythologies. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Peer Review Upcycle designer Laurs Kemp on the influence of mid-century salvage artist Louise Nevelson. Arts & Culture Issue 43 Space Invaders Room dividers from a Roman studio.