Being in the doghouse is not always a bad thing

Jul 10, 2012

Being in the doghouse is not always a bad thing

Joseph Kosuth, an American artist famous for conceptual, text-centric works, just put one of his good friends — Joni Waka — in the doghouse. Joni didn’t do anything to upset Kosuth. Quite the contrary. “The Dog House” is Joni’s new home. It is also ...

Takeshi Kitano takes on a different beat

May 3, 2012

Takeshi Kitano takes on a different beat

“I want you to have fun. It’s the only aim of this exhibition,” said Takeshi “Beat” Kitano when “Gosse de peintre” originally opened at Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris two years ago. For an artist, that’s quite an unusual goal — but ...

Mar 29, 2012

The precious qualities of today's art jewelry

“The difference between art jewelry and a painting or a sculpture is that jewelry is closer to the heart — literally. Because you can wear it, it’s actually even more intimate and personal than other artwork.” In a recent interview, Chitose Ohchi of Tokyo’s ...

The precious qualities of today's art jewelry

Mar 29, 2012

The precious qualities of today's art jewelry

“The difference between art jewelry and a painting or a sculpture is that jewelry is closer to the heart — literally. Because you can wear it, it’s actually even more intimate and personal than other artwork.” In a recent interview, Chitose Ohchi of Tokyo’s ...

'Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue'

Nov 17, 2011

"Irving Penn and Issey Miyake: Visual Dialogue"

21_21 Design SightCloses April 8 In 1953, when Irving Penn opened his studio in New York, he famously announced that “photographing cake can be art.” Then already a renowned fashion photographer, Penn went on to prove that photographing almost anything can be art. His ...

'Good Design Exhibition 2011'

Oct 20, 2011

"Good Design Exhibition 2011"

Design Hub, Tokyo Midtown Closes Nov. 13 Most people associate good design with stylish hit products, such as the Olympus third-generation Pen digital camera. Retro-styled on the brand’s original 1959 Pen 35-mm film camera and equipped with all the mod cons of a high-tech ...

'Japan's long-selling products'

Oct 6, 2011

"Japan's long-selling products"

P&P Gallery/Printing Museum, TokyoCloses Nov. 6 If you have ever seen a product on a store shelf in Japan and thought that its packaging was surprisingly retro, the reason could be that its design hasn’t actually changed much in the years since it was ...

'Kokeshi Doll Exhibition'

Jul 14, 2011

"Kokeshi Doll Exhibition"

CLASKA Gallery & Shop “Do” Closes July 31 For a popular souvenir of Japan, the traditional wooden kokeshi doll has a surprisingly little-documented history. While it’s known that they were first made sometime during the mid- to late-Edo Period (1603-1867) in the northeastern region ...

ArtGig offers 'Dirty, dirty! Sex, sex!' — for free

Apr 29, 2011

ArtGig offers 'Dirty, dirty! Sex, sex!' — for free

When curator Shai Ohayon says he’s organizing 12 hours of “dirty, dirty, sex, sex” in Shinjuku, he’s not making a sordid offer. He’s refering to the title of the first Tokyo ArtGig, a planned series of themed “art happenings” born from his desire to ...

'Artists' Action For Japan'

Apr 22, 2011

'Artists' Action For Japan'

Tokyo Midtown Atrium April 23-24 If you’re an art student of limited means, what can you do to help the relief efforts for the Great Eastern earthquake and tsunami? The students of Tokyo University of Arts came up with one idea: Artists’ Action For ...