What provoked Japan's contemporary photography?

Jun 27, 2013

What provoked Japan's contemporary photography?

In 1968, as the world reeled from The Prague Spring, the turbulent union and student strikes in France, and the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Japan, like so many other nations, found itself in the midst of social unrest. Citizens questioned ...

Smuggling art into fashion

Apr 18, 2013

Smuggling art into fashion

In 1943, in the midst of World War II, a U.S. Army propaganda drop over Berlin distributed leaflets bearing gruesome images of Adolf Hitler’s face partially obscured by a calf’s skull. Those who dared to pick one up would never have guessed that the ...

Edward Steichen's great American Dream

Mar 7, 2013

Edward Steichen's great American Dream

“I don’t think that many people in Japan know who Edward Steichen is,” says curator Miki Tsukada in a surprisingly honest comment about visitors to the Setagaya Art Museum’s current exhibition.

The future of fabrics woven with the past

Feb 21, 2013

The future of fabrics woven with the past

The textile work of Junichi Arai is renowned for its complexity and innovation. Often three-dimensional in nature, his fabrics appear as undulating landscapes of puckering, crumpling, puffs, pleats and protruding felted yarns. Many of them glimmer with metallic or translucent sheens, some seem understated ...

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 ...