Tokyo's rising tide of design

Oct 29, 2009

Tokyo's rising tide of design

Giant chairs, floating clouds and abstract boxes: forget anything as commercial as wanting to sell a product. Hordes of creatives from all four corners of the globe are this week descending on Tokyo for the city’s annual Designers Week. And firmly rooted at the ...

A detour through the artist's mind

Oct 23, 2009

A detour through the artist's mind

A scarlet fish head, the silhouette of a tree and a burned-out hole surrounded by scribbled thoughts may at first sight appear to inhabit different worlds. But upon closer inspection, the starting point for all these creations is the same: a pristine white notepad. ...

A modern front to traditional art

Oct 9, 2009

A modern front to traditional art

‘This is the maximum number of people that should ever come in here,” says Kengo Kuma, glancing toward a small group of people murmuring quietly in front of a nearby Buddha statue. “It’s much nicer when it’s empty.” The presence of people may have ...

Timothy Saccenti: Garden of Unearthly Delights

| Aug 21, 2009

Timothy Saccenti: Garden of Unearthly Delights

Diesel Denim Gallery, Tokyo Closes Nov. 8 The two naked women possess endless limbs and long blond hair — but there ends any similarity with conventional ideals of feminine beauty. For their bodies are crowned not with pretty faces but pointy green masks from ...

The 'big bang' at Echigo-Tsumari

Aug 7, 2009

The 'big bang' at Echigo-Tsumari

It is a picture-book perfect shrine. Tiny and tranquil, it is framed by a red gateway at the top of a winding forest path. But there is one surprising intrusion on the scene: a shiny Coca-Cola bench matching the vermilion hue of the shrine ...

La Machine invades Yokohama!

Apr 24, 2009

La Machine invades Yokohama!

“You know ‘e is a crazy man,” Fredette, a feisty, flame- haired assistant, warns in a French accent as she hands over a yellow hard hat. “A mad man. Un fou. And very, very busy. You must be quick.” And so it is something ...

Darkness at the opera

Apr 17, 2009

Darkness at the opera

Say the word “opera,” and a string of flamboyant images spring to mind, from vivid stage sets to dramatic divas — unless it’s the world of opera as seen through the singular gaze of artist Sophy Rickett. Known for exploring the tensions between light ...

'Hiroko Inoue: Inside-Out'

| Apr 17, 2009

"Hiroko Inoue: Inside-Out"

Foil Gallery in Higashi-Kanda Closes in 8 days The view out of the windows of mental institutions is the provocative starting point for “Inside-Out” (¥2,500), a new photographic book by the German-based artist Hiroko Inoue. A selection of Inoue’s images are on display till ...

Fine art takes over Tokyo for a week

Mar 27, 2009

Fine art takes over Tokyo for a week

Record bankruptcies around the world. Tumbling shares. Spiraling debt. Soaring unemployment. Escalating homelessness. And? A blossoming art scene.

Rise of the spas

Dec 16, 2008

Rise of the spas

The world economy appears to be in free fall. Temperatures are plummeting toward zero, too. Work is stacking up perilously on the desk. Christmas celebrations and bonenkai (forget-the-year party) hangovers are setting in. Does this sound familiar? Few modern urbanites are immune to the ...