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For Emily Wakeling's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Home is always where the heart is

Sep 13, 2012

Home is always where the heart is

Contemporary artists are a product of a globally minded world. While artists of past ages have had clear goals of making it in London, Paris or New York, artists of the 21st century seek stimulation from any number of locations across the planet. All ...

In the light of Rinko Kawauchi

Jun 14, 2012

In the light of Rinko Kawauchi

It’s quite surprising to find out that “Kawauchi Rinko: Illuminance, Ametsuchi, Seeing Shadow” is Rinko Kawauchi’s first solo exhibition in Tokyo. For a winner of prestigious photography prizes, who has published multiple books — not to mention held major exhibitions overseas — this mid-career ...

Apr 5, 2012

Lee Bul: Inspired by the past imperfect

She may be Asia’s leading female artist, but Lee Bul has grown very tired of that title. Starting out in the late 1980s, Korean artist Lee has witnessed some big changes within the global art scene. She was one of the first women artists ...

Lee Bul: Inspired by the past imperfect

Apr 5, 2012

Lee Bul: Inspired by the past imperfect

She may be Asia’s leading female artist, but Lee Bul has grown very tired of that title. Starting out in the late 1980s, Korean artist Lee has witnessed some big changes within the global art scene. She was one of the first women artists ...

Jan 12, 2012

Fuyuko Matsui finds vitality in decay

“Japanese culture has become too clean. Our five senses are too blunt,” says artist Fuyuko Matsui in a recent interview at the Yokohama Museum of Art. “I think Japan needs some fear to stimulate the sense of pain.” Matsui’s works, undoubtably deliver a sense ...

Fuyuko Matsui finds vitality in decay

Jan 12, 2012

Fuyuko Matsui finds vitality in decay

“Japanese culture has become too clean. Our five senses are too blunt,” says artist Fuyuko Matsui in a recent interview at the Yokohama Museum of Art. “I think Japan needs some fear to stimulate the sense of pain.” Matsui’s works, undoubtably deliver a sense ...

'Ryoko Suzuki: 'I am ...''

Dec 1, 2011

'Ryoko Suzuki: "I am ..."'

Zeit Foto Salone Closes Dec. 17 Ryoko Suzuki is one of the few Japanese artists now making visually bold gender critiques. In 2007, her work was recognized through its inclusion in a major international survey, “Global Feminisms” at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. Since ...

'Beatriz Inglessis, The Primal Scen'

Nov 3, 2011

"Beatriz Inglessis, The Primal Scen"

TANA Gallery Bookshelf Closes Nov. 18 Jimbocho is a Tokyo neighborhood famous for its high density of booksellers, but there is one particular bookshelf worth a look — if not for its books. Tucked away on the third floor of a bigakko (art workshop) ...

Playful imagery born out of Berlin's ruins

Oct 27, 2011

Playful imagery born out of Berlin's ruins

Berlin is a place that artists want to be. It attracts them from all over the globe — Poland, Korea, Albania and Singapore, to name but a few of the countries represented in this exhibition. They go there to seek connections, collaborations, networks, education, ...

Kusama: Quite dotty, but very avant-garde

Sep 1, 2011

Kusama: Quite dotty, but very avant-garde

Yayoi Kusama’s art fully emerged in a big way when she moved from Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, to New York in 1959. Despite the obstacles — she suffered from mental problems and was an unknown Japanese female artist in a milieu dominated by white male ...