Jan 3, 2008

"Hitoshi Kuriyama"

Magical Art Room Don’t want to go to a gallery? Why not walk past one instead. Magical Art Room in Roppongi (www.magical-artroom.com) is currently showing an installation by artist Hitoshi Kuriyama that can only be observed from outside the gallery’s storefront window. Working with ...

Jan 3, 2008

"Hiroe Saeki"

Taka Ishii Gallery You may remember Bill the Cat from Berkeley Breathed’s cartoon strips of the 1980s and ’90s, “Bloom County” and “Outland.” If not, Google him — a Hunter S. Thompson-esque character, Bill’s face was an asymmetrical explosion of whiskers that always appeared ...

Blockbusters and new momentum

Dec 27, 2007

Blockbusters and new momentum

This was another great year for art enthusiasts with breadth, depth and an audience for all kinds exhibitions and events. Blockbusters, whether of traditional Japanese works, Western classics or Modernism, will always be blockbusters here. To name just a small sample of the excellent ...

Human conditions

Dec 20, 2007

Human conditions

Like Picasso at his most mythologically cubist or a dark dream from the subconscious, the Dairakudakan butoh dance troupe took its audience back to the primordial for its 35th anniversary performances last week — and then brought it right back to the present. A ...

Dec 20, 2007

"SALON — Art Lounge"

Mado Lounge, Mori Hills 52F Tis the season after all, and art loves a party. But with whom? Event organizers Art Lounge think with anyone creative. Founded this year, the group looks to bring together Tokyo’s often isolated creative communities — the fashion, design, ...

'Norbert Schwontkowski: My Face in My Next Life'

Dec 6, 2007

"Norbert Schwontkowski: My Face in My Next Life"

Gallery Side 2 Pale can be so depressing, and weathered can just seem aged. But in Norbert Schwontkowski’s textured and demurely colored paintings at Higashi-Azabu’s Gallery Side 2 (www.galleryside2.net), his simplistic yet telling portraits and cityscapes feel light and full of whimsy. The 58-year-old ...

Asian collectors overtake Japanese market

Nov 22, 2007

Asian collectors overtake Japanese market

China casts a long shadow over the Japanese art market. However lively, large and long-suffering the art world in Japan may be, it has not garnered the kind of excited interest that the relatively young Chinese scene has in the last five years. Just ...

Hands on contemporary clay

Oct 25, 2007

Hands on contemporary clay

D.H. Rosen, an occasional contributor to The Japan Times Arts Page, is also a ceramicist who has been studying art at Tama Art University in Tokyo since 2004. Unlike many foreign ceramic artists who come to absorb the traditional wabi-sabi aesthetic of traditional pottery, ...

Oct 18, 2007

Design meets art at 'Roppongi Crossing'

The world loves Japanese design. Because of this, Design Week, coming up next month, is arguably one of the most successful international events in Tokyo. By contrast, Tokyo Fashion Week and Tokyo International Film Festival hardly generate in those fields’ fans the rabid excitement ...

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Eight must-sees as Mori Art embraces 'excess'

Chu Enoki, “RPM-1200″ (2005): Chu’s work is a standout, a shining metal city made of what look like industrial drill bits, massive screws and saw blades. It’s a perfect example of the use of excess in a number of the works in the exhibition ...