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 ...

The art of photography

Sep 20, 2012

The art of photography

This weekend sees the fourth installment of “Tokyo Photo” — Japan’s first international photography fair, and now the biggest event of its kind in Asia. Since its inception in 2009, the fair has cast its net wide, and this year has more than 35 ...

Japan's one-time rebellious artistic vanguard

Jul 26, 2012

Japan's one-time rebellious artistic vanguard

The term “art group” barely does justice to the collective of artists in postwar Japan known as Gutai. Founded in 1954 by Jiro Yoshihara, the group renegotiated the borders of art, incorporating performance, installation and even the natural environment into their creations. Bringing together ...

Max Ernst: The artist who raised eyebrows with 'pictorial' texture

Jun 14, 2012

Max Ernst: The artist who raised eyebrows with 'pictorial' texture

Despite several major exhibitions of his work that have been held in Japan since the 1970s, Max Ernst is still widely considered here to be one of the most difficult and obscure of the Surrealists. Constantly exploring new ideas, methods and materials, his art ...

Apr 19, 2012

Looking beyond the giant canvases

The image of Jackson Pollock as the archetypal American artist, making big gestures on giant canvases, is firmly entrenched in the public consciousness. Dripping paint on canvases laid out on the floor, working in rather than working on his art, Pollock epitomizes the rebellious ...