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Jul 24, 2009

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Earth Celebration is certainly in touch with the times: Last year the taiko drumming troupe Kodo marked the 100th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Brazil with the Afro-Brazilian culture group Olodum; this year they are celebrating the 400th anniversary of trade relations between Japan ...

Deliberately insignificant gestures

Jul 3, 2009

Deliberately insignificant gestures

While walking through the courtyard of the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and interviewing critic Midori Matsui, a frog hopped out of the darkness, stopped for a moment in the light and then slipped back into the night. Matsui, who curated the Hara’s current ...

Lights, mirror . . . reaction

| May 15, 2009

Lights, mirror . . . reaction

S ometimes the cutting-edge is five years old. Take the current exhibition at the Mori Art Museum, “The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection.” Featuring some of the best of what the contemporary art world has to offer, by the time it’s made it ...

'Tetsuya Umeda: Science of Superstition'

| May 15, 2009

"Tetsuya Umeda: Science of Superstition"

Ota Fine Arts A bucket and a mop and a ramshackle assortment of fans and lights — all sprawled across the floor and ceiling of Ota Fine Arts in east Tokyo’s Kachidoki area (www.ota.finearts.com) — lie dormant. Flick several switches, though, and a chaotic ...

Man in a suitcase . . . with camera

Apr 17, 2009

Man in a suitcase . . . with camera

“I love contemporary art, I like a lot of conceptual art. I’ve followed it for years, endlessly. I mean where do you want to start really?” asks Andy Summers in an interview conducted last week. “I spent quite a few years painting and all ...

The rocks of abstraction

Jan 16, 2009

The rocks of abstraction

In September last year, Anglo- Japanese painter Peter McDonald won the U.K.’s £25,000 John Moores prize for contemporary painting with a work, “Fontana,” that depicted in simplistic shapes an artist thrusting a knife into a circular canvas. Or it could be someone attacking a ...

Finding beauty in a world of waste

Jan 1, 2009

Finding beauty in a world of waste

“If we live in a creative universe, we are constantly pushing the chaos out of the way to protect ourselves from the nonlogical — the natural,” muses Vik Muniz at an interview late last year at Tokyo Wonder Site. “Even when you think, you ...

Tech like an Egyptian

Oct 17, 2008

Tech like an Egyptian

Egypt may be known for its history, but this week in Tokyo some of its most advanced cultural technology will be on display. The Egyptian Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage is touring Japan with CULTURAMA, a semi- circular set of screens ...

Art of Brazil on show

Oct 17, 2008

Art of Brazil on show

Japan is hosting a carnival of events to celebrate 100 years of Japanese immigration to Brazil this year, but Jacqueline Montagu has been promoting ties between the South American nation and Asia for more than two decades. A longtime collector of Brazilian art, the ...

'Diorama of the City: Between Site and Space'

Oct 2, 2008

'Diorama of the City: Between Site and Space'

Tokyo Wonder Site, Shibuya Closes October 13 For the past two years, the municipal government-sponsored Tokyo Wonder Site (www.tokyo-ws.org) has been offering a residency program in Aoyama that gives foreign and Japanese artists the opportunity to interact with each other right in the heart ...