Jeff Michael Hammond

For Jeff Michael Hammond's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The many reinventions of Masamu Yanase

Mar 12, 2014

The many reinventions of Masamu Yanase

If ever an artist was in a constant state of reinvention, it was Masamu Yanase (1900-1945), now the subject of a full-scale exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama. “Yanase Masamu: A Retrospective 1900-1945″ brings together more than 500 of the artist’s works, ...

Hi-Red Center's quiet actions still reverberate today

Feb 26, 2014

Hi-Red Center's quiet actions still reverberate today

Few artists would consider cleaning the city streets, designing custom-built nuclear shelters or fighting charges of counterfeiting money as part of their activities. But then most artists don’t share the concerns that the members of Hi-Red Center (HRC) had as one of the most ...

Tokyo Photo 2013 heads for Zojoji Temple

Sep 18, 2013

Tokyo Photo 2013 heads for Zojoji Temple

Japan’s first international photography fair, Tokyo Photo, strengthens its hold on the photography scene in Asia with its fifth yearly installment from Sept. 27 to 30 at a new location at the Zojoji Temple in the downtown area of the city. The move to ...

An art expedition to Southeast Asia

May 2, 2013

An art expedition to Southeast Asia

Confronting the ongoing state of transformation that characterizes their native Singapore, two artists exhibiting at a new exhibition, “Welcome to the Jungle,” adopt quite different approaches and media. Francis Ng in “Constructing Construction #1″ turns his camera on an unfinished section of an ugly ...

The art and poetics of a domestic environment

Jan 23, 2013

The art and poetics of a domestic environment

Jaws dropped as American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, arriving in Japan in the 1980s, named Yasujiro Ozu as one of the directors he was most inspired by. Ozu, active from the 1920s up to the 1960s, was then considered old fashioned for his slow pace ...

Looking out for the sound of art

Jan 10, 2013

Looking out for the sound of art

In Titian’s “Bacchus and Ariadne,” the riotous clash of cymbals and blowing of trumpets in the hands of the revelers can almost be heard. In similar ways, artists from at least the Renaissance onward, have attempted to suggest the presence of music in their ...

Step into the Lynchian world of oddities

Nov 22, 2012

Step into the Lynchian world of oddities

While mostly recognized as the director of such films as “Eraserhead,” “Wild at Heart” and “Mullholland Drive,” David Lynch has long turned his hand to other media. About 80 of his works, encompassing photography, painting, music and short films are being brought together for ...

Res Artis plots a path for future art residencies

Nov 1, 2012

Res Artis plots a path for future art residencies

The 1990s saw a tremendous emphasis, continuing through to today, on artist residency programs, run by museums and galleries, educational establishments or independent foundations and organizations. While some previous incarnations of these residencies, particularly in the 1960s or in the early years of the ...

Tadanori Yokoo prepares to 'move on' in different ways

Sep 27, 2012

Tadanori Yokoo prepares to 'move on' in different ways

Tadanori Yokoo, bad boy of the Japanese art scene since the 1960s, is showing nine works, most of which were made within the last couple of years, at Scai The Bathhouse in the Yanaka district of Tokyo. The small exhibition, titled “Destination the Teshima ...