'Robert Waters: MAN'

| Jul 23, 2010

'Robert Waters: MAN'

Mizuma Art Gallery — Mizuma Action Closes on Aug. 14 Mizuma Art Gallery is hosting the first show in Asia of 35-year-old Canadian artist Robert Waters. “MAN” explores a variety of issues concerning sexuality, the body and human mortality. The figure in “Man at ...

'Paris-Kyoto': Two very different cities, one vibrant vision

Jun 18, 2010

'Paris-Kyoto': Two very different cities, one vibrant vision

Color photography, once thought of as the crass, poor cousin of the more aesthetically pleasing monochrome, is now firmly established as a valid art form. We have William Eggleston and his vivid images of rural America to thank for that. Born in Memphis, Tennessee ...

Oct 30, 2009

Verner Panton's colorful visions

Experimentation, playfulness, adventure. Through the example of maverick Danish designer Verner Panton, these words have entered the lexicon of many designers today. In the first half of the 20th century, design schools were rare, so Panton trained as an architect, as did many future ...

Unified by Art Nouveau

Oct 23, 2009

Unified by Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau’s birth at the end of the 1900s not only affected the art world but also radically transformed the public’s visual awareness, helping to propel product design, graphic design, typography and manufacturing into the 20th century. The Setagaya Art Museum’s “Art Nouveau et ...

Mexico's search for an artistic identity

Aug 14, 2009

Mexico's search for an artistic identity

What kind of art would best represent a rapidly developing country coming out of the social upheaval of a violent revolution — especially when it had, only a century before that, just thrown off the yoke of colonial rule? Twentieth-century Mexico faced just this ...

Allowing ourselves to be deceived by art

Aug 7, 2009

Allowing ourselves to be deceived by art

Whether enjoying the sight of shadow puppets against a wall or the suggestive placing of objects in an Austin Powers movie, people have long delighted in the playful use of images. “Visual Deception,” at the Bunkamura Museum of Art in Tokyo collects together almost ...

Metamorphose '09

Jul 31, 2009

Metamorphose '09

Following last year’s booking of Manuel Gottsching, Metamorphose continues to introduce Japanese audiences to the roots of electronic music with legendary Krautrock group Tangerine Dream headlining. A real coup for the festival, this is the band’s second ever time in Japan, the first, and ...

A creative life that blossomed in the asylum

Jun 26, 2009

A creative life that blossomed in the asylum

To view the pictures of Aloise Corbaz is to enter a fantastic, colorful world of a beautiful young woman with her handsome suitor, filled with carriages and crowns, roses and nights at the opera. The belle is Aloise herself, or, perhaps more precisely, Aloise’s ...

Rothkos reunited in Chiba

May 22, 2009

Rothkos reunited in Chiba

The surfaces of Mark Rothko’s canvases loom large, impenetrable and formidable, inviting you in but simultaneously denying you entry. Their deceptive simplicity has long posed a riddle to those who stand before them. Since the American artist’s death in 1970, his major works have ...

Cubism remixed at a European crossroads

May 8, 2009

Cubism remixed at a European crossroads

Cubism, as it emerged from the experiments of the painters Pablo Picasso and George Braque, was for some a necessary but limited artistic investigation in the 20th century. For others, though, it offered a blueprint for a new language, as in that part of ...