'Noguchi Rika: The light reaching the future'

Dec 15, 2011

'Noguchi Rika: The light reaching the future'

Izu Photo Museum Closes March 4 One of the main reasons painting moved away from the representational and figurative in the 20th century was because of the invention of photography, the previous century. But now photography, too, seems to be moving away from the ...

Issues that covered up Japan's nudes

Dec 1, 2011

Issues that covered up Japan's nudes

In his popular anecdotal encyclopedia of Japan, “Things Japanese,” the 19th-century British Japanologist, Basil Hall Chamberlain, included the comment that “the nude is seen in Japan but not looked at.” This reflected a reality in 1890, when the book was published: Nudity was not ...

'Geometry Of Light By Alyson Shotz'

Nov 17, 2011

"Geometry Of Light By Alyson Shotz"

Espace Louis Vuitton TokyoCloses Dec. 25 Whatever the motivations behind it, the synergy of luxury brands and art is definitely a good thing for art and its enthusiasts. In the case of Espace Louis Vuitton, the venue atop the luxury goods company’s flagship store ...

Looking information technology in the eye

Nov 10, 2011

Looking information technology in the eye

In an era in which we have seen communication and human interaction revolutionized by new technology, it may well seem that the “medium really is the message.” But just how far can this alliteratively attractive slogan really be stretched? Those issues and questions now ...

Undressing the myth behind Goya

Nov 3, 2011

Undressing the myth behind Goya

On first appraisal, it might seem that the organizers have brought the wrong Maja to Japan for the exhibition “Goya: Lights and Shadows” at Tokyo’s National Museum of Western Art. Of course, it would have been best to have included both versions of the ...

Tadao Ando's bold visions: distractingly daring in design

Oct 27, 2011

Tadao Ando's bold visions: distractingly daring in design

Like any prominent, PR-savvy architect these days, Tadao Ando likes to present himself as a sensitive sort, one who adjusts his architectural approach to harmonize with the unique features and characteristics of each local site. The latest exhibition of his architectural models, drawings and ...

Rediscovering the neglected master of Japan's avant-garde

Oct 20, 2011

Rediscovering the neglected master of Japan's avant-garde

The fickle hand of artistic fate is seen not so much in whom it plucks from the depths of obscurity, but in how high those chosen are raised up. A case in point is the multidisciplinary avant-garde artist Hideo Sugita, better known by his ...

'MAM Project 15: Tsang Kin-Wah'

Oct 6, 2011

"MAM Project 15: Tsang Kin-Wah"

Mori Art Museum, Gallery One Closes Jan. 15, 2012 The notion that an infinite number of monkeys pounding on an infinite number of typewriters could recreate the complete works of Shakespeare is a well-known thought experiment. Recently, though, it was reported that a computer ...

The esoteric architect: building on artistic ardor

Sep 29, 2011

The esoteric architect: building on artistic ardor

Architecture isn’t rock ‘n’ roll, so I’ve always had my suspicions of any architect whose fame seems to be on the inflated side. Although Arata Isozaki is something of a superstar in the world of Japanese architecture — and has also written interesting and ...