'Geisai #10'

Sep 14, 2006

"Geisai #10"

Tokyo Big Site East Hall 4 Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Japanese art star Takashi Murakami is hosting the 10th Geisai art festival this Sunday at Tokyo Big Site (www.geisai.net). Held every six months, the event is an open call for young artists to ...

The accidental art collector: Unearthing the pure essence of Nature

Jul 13, 2006

The accidental art collector: Unearthing the pure essence of Nature

The painters in your collection are commonly described simply as “Individualist.” Can you elaborate on what is meant by that? The Japanese do not know where to put these artists, and the Japanese like to have a cubbyhole for every single thing: “You’re from ...

'Olafur Eliasson -- Your Constants are Changing'

Jun 29, 2006

"Olafur Eliasson -- Your Constants are Changing"

Gallery Koyanagi Closes in 9 days Coming off a blockbuster exhibition at the Hara Museum in Shinagawa this winter, Olafur Eliasson has returned to Tokyo with a smaller, representative show of his work at the respected Gallery Koyanagi in Ginza (www.gallerykoyanagi.com). Eliasson is easily ...

Bring on the backlash say Arctic Monkeys

Apr 7, 2006

Bring on the backlash say Arctic Monkeys

It must be difficult to carry the weight of the rock world’s expectations on your shoulders, but Sheffield, England’s Arctic Monkey’s held up well Tuesday night at Studio Coast in eastern Tokyo. Giving Japan a quick preview tour in advance of their headline performances ...

21st-century ambient narratives

Mar 30, 2006

21st-century ambient narratives

Mood rings, lava lamps, liquid oil color projections. No, these aren’t a list of the accouterments of your average psychedelia-obsessed hipster — they are simply the easiest starting place from which to understand Brain Eno’s new 77 Million Paintings software. Displayed over digital monitors, ...

Mar 29, 2006

News rivals hit Yasukuni visits

Recent events in the nation’s normally staid print media have surprised readers of the powerful Yomiuri Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun. The world’s two largest newspapers in terms of circulation are typically on separate sides of the fence: the Yomiuri leans to the political right, ...

Berlin/Tokyo : Your pick of the isms

Feb 9, 2006

Berlin/Tokyo : Your pick of the isms

See related story: Berlin/Tokyo : Invitation to a car wreck Let’s forget for a minute whether or not the Mori’s new show “Tokyo-Berlin/Berlin-Tokyo” succeeds in its mission to show the links — strong or tenuous — between these two major cities. Instead let’s discuss ...

Give them what they want

Oct 6, 2005

Give them what they want

When Paul Baron moved to Tokyo three years ago, he was excited to explore the city’s vast art world as he had been an avid follower of art events while studying graphic design in London. There was only one problem: Where to find out ...

Photos take on a life all of their own

Nov 24, 2004

Photos take on a life all of their own

When you enter “Frei schwimmer,” the Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition currently at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (TOC), one of the first things you notice is that the photographs on display are attached to the walls with tape or paper clips. After taking in a ...