From within the 'outsider' came a wealth of imagination

May 5, 2011

From within the 'outsider' came a wealth of imagination

“American Innocence, Welcome To The Realms of the Unreal” at the Laforet Museum brings together 64 paintings and some personal objects of the “outsider artist” Henry Darger, who was born in Chicago in 1892. Just before his 4th birthday, his mother died giving birth ...

The Centre Pompidou brings the surreal to Tokyo

Mar 11, 2011

The Centre Pompidou brings the surreal to Tokyo

In its passage from the art world into everyday speech, the word “surreal” has ended up as mere shorthand for the bizarre and the unusual. But it originally referred to something deeper. Coined by the French poet Guilaume Apollinaire from the words “sur” (“beyond”) ...

Asian art challenges Western museums' way of thinking

Feb 25, 2011

Asian art challenges Western museums' way of thinking

Art from Asia has enjoyed increased global interest in the past few decades, which has brought major changes to the way in which the art scene now views this hitherto neglected region. In a special symposium, “How is the World Engaging with Contemporary Asian ...

The man who popularized the Edo pleasure district

Nov 19, 2010

The man who popularized the Edo pleasure district

The Yoshiwara pleasure district of Edo (old Tokyo) has often been immortalized in word and image for the exquisite carnal pleasures it offered. It was also considered the center of Edo Period (1603-1867) cultural life. If anyone could be said to have put Yoshiwara ...

''Home Sweet Home' by Invader'

| Nov 12, 2010

'"Home Sweet Home" by Invader'

Gallery Target Closes Nov. 19 Since its origin in 1970s New York, when youths started “bombing” buildings and subway trains with stylized graffiti of their names and other messages, street art has morphed to encompass various media and subject matter. It has also become ...

What artists see in themselves

Oct 8, 2010

What artists see in themselves

Visitors to Florence in Italy have long been awed by the works in two of the city’s finest museums: the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace. But, perhaps preoccupied by prime examples of Raphael, Botticelli and other Renaissance artists, many visitors let their stay ...

Women of quiet strength

Sep 24, 2010

Women of quiet strength

Female artists play a significant role in Japan’s art world today, but a century ago, only a few women made a mark in the then male-dominated field. Shoen Uemura stands out as one of the most successful, a status she earned through the relentless ...

Hifana '24H'

Sep 17, 2010

Hifana "24H"

The concept behind Hifana’s new CD/DVD, “24H,” is to convey a day in the life of the Tokyo breakbeat duo via 12 tracks, each with its own video. The album focuses on Hifana’s fresh approach to mix-and-match music-making, with over half the tracks featuring ...

Shedding some light on shadows

Sep 17, 2010

Shedding some light on shadows

What follows you around nearly everywhere but you never notice? It may sound like a joke from a Christmas cracker but the answer is, of course, your shadow. Not only shadows of the human figure, but also shadows of trees, buildings and everyday objects ...

'Innocence — Art Towards Life'

| Aug 13, 2010

'Innocence — Art Towards Life'

Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts Closes Sept. 20 The main focus of “Innocence — Art Towards Life,’ is the work of people in Tochigi Prefecture who have mental difficulties or intellectual disabilities. Such untutored artists, often referred to as “outsider” artists, are considered ...