The strangely beautiful art of Chen Man

Apr 26, 2012

The strangely beautiful art of Chen Man

Echoing the Pan-Asian theme of this year’s Art Fair Tokyo, which was held earlier this month, Shibuya’s shop-based Diesel Gallery is hosting a free exhibition of the visually striking work of Chen Man, a young Chinese artist. The 32-year-old Beijing-based native of Inner Mongolia ...

Apr 5, 2012

From the ruins rose greatness

Modernity is characterized by a linear concept of time, with the past cast in the role of an ever-diminishing point on the horizon behind us. One of the charms of the exhibition “Hubert Robert: The Gardens of Time” at the National Museum of Western ...

From the ruins rose greatness

Apr 5, 2012

From the ruins rose greatness

Modernity is characterized by a linear concept of time, with the past cast in the role of an ever-diminishing point on the horizon behind us. One of the charms of the exhibition “Hubert Robert: The Gardens of Time” at the National Museum of Western ...

Mar 29, 2012

Japan's tall stories of great towers in the city

Perhaps because we are upright, vertical animals, towers have always held a special fascination for us. The artist Taro Okamoto expressed this attraction in anthropomorphic terms when he designed the centerpiece of the 1970 Osaka Expo, the 70-meter-tall “Tower of the Sun” with its ...

Japan's tall stories of great towers in the city

Mar 29, 2012

Japan's tall stories of great towers in the city

Perhaps because we are upright, vertical animals, towers have always held a special fascination for us. The artist Taro Okamoto expressed this attraction in anthropomorphic terms when he designed the centerpiece of the 1970 Osaka Expo, the 70-meter-tall “Tower of the Sun” with its ...

Mar 23, 2012

Unlocking the secrets of the Inca civilization

The pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas are very much in the public’s mind this year due to the so-called Mayan Prophecy that suggests the world will end on Dec. 21. Perhaps any fear-mongering will have the positive effect of sparking increased interest in the ...

Unlocking the secrets of the Inca civilization

Mar 23, 2012

Unlocking the secrets of the Inca civilization

The pre-Columbian civilizations of the Americas are very much in the public’s mind this year due to the so-called Mayan Prophecy that suggests the world will end on Dec. 21. Perhaps any fear-mongering will have the positive effect of sparking increased interest in the ...

Mar 22, 2012

Cutting-edge art in a tight spot

If you’re in the mood for an abstruse, slightly puzzling moment, head to Naka-Meguro, one of Tokyo’s acknowledged artistic odd spots, and get yourself to The Container: literally a metal cargo container — but one set in the midst of a hair salon. As ...

Cutting-edge art in a tight spot

Mar 22, 2012

Cutting-edge art in a tight spot

If you’re in the mood for an abstruse, slightly puzzling moment, head to Naka-Meguro, one of Tokyo’s acknowledged artistic odd spots, and get yourself to The Container: literally a metal cargo container — but one set in the midst of a hair salon. As ...

Mar 15, 2012

Tokyo's expansion west, and further

With the first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake just passed, an awareness of Japan’s earthquake-prone nature is very much with us. But destructive as earthquakes are, they can also serve as catalysts for social, economic, and cultural change. This seems to be ...