Plunging into the abyss

Jul 4, 2008

Plunging into the abyss

I’m hanging from a rope, high above the churning froth of an ice-blue river. My friends are waving and shouting out to me, but the roar of the waterfall muffles their voices. I pull myself off a wooden seat and lower my legs. Now ...

May 29, 2008

Hideaki Kawashima: Wavering

Tomio Koyama Gallery, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Closes June 7 Hideaki Kawashima’s otherworldly portraits have many of the elements that typify Japan’s surging contemporary art scene, such as stylized feminine beauty and a nod to their creator’s manga and anime-strewn youth. But linger a moment and these ...

May 15, 2008

"Hideki Kuwajima: Vertical/Horizontal"

Radi-um von Roentgenwerke AG Closes May 31 Science tells us that humans are naturally drawn to the symmetrical. Nearly everything — from architecture to dance to sex partners — is seen through the lens of symmetry. But what about art? Mathematician George David Birkhoff ...

May 1, 2008

"Bob Richardson" and "Terry Richardson"

Zel Cafe in Roppongi and LaForet Museum in Harajuku Both close 8 May At the Zel Gallery in Roppongi (, there’s a portrait of fashion photographer Bob Richardson with his son and then-girlfriend Angelica Houston. The year is 1973, and Richardson’s 8-year-old boy, Terry, ...

The making of a market center

Apr 10, 2008

The making of a market center

Almost everything was sold before he even arrived at Art Fair Tokyo, but that didn’t stop gallerist Peter Nagy from coming to Japan anyway. The impulse to dip his toes into what could become contemporary art’s next deep pool was just too strong to ...

Mar 20, 2008

Kiyosumi gallery complex

Wedged between a park, a cement factory and a taxi station, the Kiyosumi gallery complex is Tokyo’s largest, both in space and influence. Its perch atop a warehouse is arguably ideal for observing the directions contemporary art takes in Japan. Yet, despite so many ...

Mar 6, 2008

39art Day

Taking place internationally on March 9 Mark it on your calendars, folks. The ninth day of the third month of the year is “Thank You Art” day. Artist Yoshiaki Kaihatsu started “39art Day” ( eight years ago to encourage people to consider the place ...

Pursuing the flavor of the American South

| Feb 22, 2008

Pursuing the flavor of the American South

For many North Americans in Japan, a case of gastronomic homesickness can easily be remedied at the nearest burger or pizza joint. But for someone craving the cuisine of the American South, the local Kentucky Fried Chicken will never, ever do. Southern cooking is ...

Feb 7, 2008

"Wako Works of Art: 15 Years/Part III"

Wako Works of Art, Shinjuku, Tokyo Closes Feb. 26 The Wako Gallery ( continues its 15th anniversary celebration with three approaches to photography. Christopher Williams’ glossy prints of a polished Velosolex, the French motor-driven bicycle, seem plucked from a brochure, their commentary on obsolescence ...

The art of the party at Fuji Rock

Jul 6, 2006

The art of the party at Fuji Rock

No one denies the power of danger and vice to push boundaries, and whether we admit it or not, the two have a way of rattling some pretty inspired performances out of people. No surprise, then, that Fuji Rock Festival has been a breeding ...