A stitch in time: re-dressing our memories

Jul 5, 2012

A stitch in time: re-dressing our memories

The Renaissance and in particular Giorgio Vasari’s “Lives of the Artists” (1550) played a key role in elevating the lowly artist — formerly regarded as a mere craftsman — into something far grander and godlike. Nowadays some art collectors seem to want the opposite, ...

Politics is inescapable at 'Arab Express' exhibition

Jun 22, 2012

Politics is inescapable at 'Arab Express' exhibition

The Arab Spring may not be all it’s cracked up to be. There are clearly problems with a large swath of nations, formerly under various forms of authoritarian regimes, switching relatively quickly to “democracy,” at least as it is understood in the West. But ...

The photographs that leave a paper trail

Jun 21, 2012

The photographs that leave a paper trail

In today’s complex world, in which we are routinely overburdened with data, intuition and a visceral response to imagery is increasingly trumping rational discourse, according to Thomas Demand. But this is something the German artist, whose work is the subject of a major solo ...

Russians who cringed at their own

Jun 7, 2012

Russians who cringed at their own

One of the features of Europe’s interwoven network of royal families was that it led to a great deal of cultural transference between the different states. In order to avoid marrying beneath themselves, royals were tempted to look abroad for spouses, with the result ...

What lies behind our love of clothes?

May 31, 2012

What lies behind our love of clothes?

There’s something counter-intuitive about photographic artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. While most artists are happy to achieve a distinctive style and enjoy the rewards that this brings, Sugimoto is forever reinventing the wheel by developing, then abandoning, one style after another. “I’m always trying to come ...

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 ...

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 ...