Edward M. Gómez

For Edward M. Gómez's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Aperture' magazine comes to Tokyo

Jun 27, 2015

'Aperture' magazine comes to Tokyo

Think photography and its history, and it’s easy to recall iconic images of New York, Paris or London — cities whose buildings and street life have long provided compelling subjects. Constantly changing, Tokyo is now securing its place in that history of urban images. ...

Offbeat satire that finds the bizarre in the banal

Jan 15, 2015

Offbeat satire that finds the bizarre in the banal

Sometimes the pen really is mightier than the sword — not only when it is deployed to capture in words the loftiest philosophical ruminations, but also when, through pictures, it causes heroes to tremble and fall. For skilled satirists, trenchant humor is a potent ...

Recalling nature's fury abstractly in oils

Dec 10, 2013

Recalling nature's fury abstractly in oils

As someone who was born and brought up in Bosnia, educated in Germany and is now based in New York, why should artist Amer Kobaslija have reacted as passionately as he did on hearing about the earthquake and the tsunami that struck Japan’s Tohoku ...

Outsider drawn to the circle of life

Nov 5, 2013

Outsider drawn to the circle of life

The discovery and promotion of works by self-taught or outsider artists — those who are not academically trained and create their works primarily for themselves, mostly beyond the cultural-commercial mainstream — are still relatively new activities in Japan. Against this background, the success of ...

Outsider art that comes from within

May 21, 2013

Outsider art that comes from within

"Outsider art" is relatively new in Japan and, as a genre, works made by self-taught Japanese artists are still not very well known on the category-delineating, label-loving international art scene.