'The Artists of the Taro Award'

Oct 16, 2014

'The Artists of the Taro Award'

The second in a series of exhibitions featuring the work of winners of the Taro Award, this show looks at that of Shinji Ohmaki, Satoru Tamura, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Takehito Fujii and Yukihiro Yamagami — the winners of the sixth to 12th awards. Established in ...

Wasabi crafts sounds of old Japan into something new

| Oct 14, 2014

Wasabi crafts sounds of old Japan into something new

Wasabi “Wasabi 2″ (Japan Traditional Cultures Foundation) Wasabi refines its take on traditional Japanese music for sophomore album “Wasabi 2.” Ryoichiro Yoshida, the elder of well-known shamisen duo the Yoshida Brothers, started Wasabi in 2008 with shakuhachi player Hiromu Motonaga and taiko drummer Naosaburou ...

'National Treasures of Japan'

Oct 9, 2014

'National Treasures of Japan'

Nearly 120 of Japan’s National Treasures are being brought together for the Tokyo National Museum’s third Heisei Era “National Treasures of Japan” exhibition, which this year also commemorates the 80th birthday of Emperor Akihito. Through important paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects, documents and other ...

'Yokoo By Kishin'

Oct 9, 2014

'Yokoo By Kishin'

Photographer Kishin Shinoyama’s book of images “Kioku no Enkinjutsu,” which he began in 1968, documents the graphic designer, illustrator and painter Tadanori Yokoo dressed as, and posing with, his personal idols. Yokoo would wear matching or near-identical outfits to his celebrity partner, sometimes even ...

Review: Moshi Moshi Nippon at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Oct 7, 2014

Review: Moshi Moshi Nippon at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Offering non-Japanese people free entry to Moshi Moshi Nippon was a risky move on the part of Asobisystem, but it seemed to have paid off. Nearly 15,000 punters showed up for the Sept. 28 event at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium, and organizers say that 7,000 ...

Oct 2, 2014

'Willem de Kooning From the John and Kimiko Powers Collection'

As one of the pioneers of post-World War II abstract expressionism, Willem de Kooning (1904-1997) used the unusual method of action painting, also known as gestural abstraction. This style often resembled Jackson Pollock’s (1912-1956) method of dripping paint, but Kooning preferred aggressive brushwork, a ...

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

Oct 2, 2014

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

Dutch artist Theo Jansen first started creating his signature “Strandbeest” (“Beach Animal”) works in 1990. These huge objects, a combination of art and science, are made mostly out of plastic tubes and can walk by themselves using the power of the wind. Fifteen of ...

'Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple'

Oct 2, 2014

'Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple'

The Kyoto National Museum recently opened its new Heisei Chishinkan wing with the special exhibition “Kyoto: Splendors of the Ancient Capital,” and it is now continuing the celebration with “Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple” in its main Meiji Kotokan building. Though full of national treasures, ...