Japanese galleries bank on Art Basel in Hong Kong

May 19, 2014

Japanese galleries bank on Art Basel in Hong Kong

Whoever said the Swiss were boring? For Art Basel in Hong Kong, they put on a hell of a party, and the 20 participating galleries from Japan, while not exactly dominating the landscape, certainly made the most of it.

Art Basel makes a difference in Asia

May 7, 2014

Art Basel makes a difference in Asia

Magnus Renfrew, the director of Asia Art Basel, stopped by Tokyo in the lead up to this year's Art Basel in Hong Kong to talk about what it means to have Art Basel purchase Art HK.

Flower power blooms at Tokyo Big Sight

Apr 10, 2014

Flower power blooms at Tokyo Big Sight

Who would have thought flowers needed their own industry fair? Growers, florists, ikebana schools and floral supplies makers, that’s who. A group of them are getting together this weekend at Tokyo Big Sight for Flower Dream 2014, a two-day event designed to showcase all ...

All-genre focus is the key to Art Fair Tokyo's success

Mar 6, 2014

All-genre focus is the key to Art Fair Tokyo's success

It is difficult to criticize Art Fair Tokyo, the commercial art fair that celebrates its ninth edition at Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho this weekend. Truth be told, it’s a wonder that the event has reached nine editions at all, what with the inherent ...

'Henry Black: On Stage in Meiji Japan'

Jan 18, 2014

"Henry Black: On Stage in Meiji Japan"

Former journalist Ian McArthur’s study of Henry Black, a Briton who became a professional rakugo-ka (storyteller) in Meiji Era (1868-1912) Japan, is a reminder that many colorful characters from that turbulent time — especially foreigners — remain little known to contemporary readers. “Henry Black: ...