'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 ...

Inside a construction site of an artist's mind

Mar 25, 2011

Inside a construction site of an artist's mind

Tokyo-based Scottish artist Jack McLean’s creepy-cute anthropomorphized planks of wood are weird enough on their own, but crammed together inside The Container, a new art space in Tokyo’s Naka-Meguro district, they are even more unnerving. Huddled in corners, leaning against walls and hanging precariously ...

'Wing Shya: Female Trouble'

Feb 25, 2011

'Wing Shya: Female Trouble'

Gallery Speak For Closes March 2 Hong Kong-based Wing Shya is primarily a fashion photographer, known for edgy editorial spreads in Britain’s iD, French Vogue, Japan’s Men’s no-no magazines and more, so it’s not surprising that he has chosen stunningly beautiful women as the ...

Realizing the genius of Leonardo da Vinci

Jan 7, 2011

Realizing the genius of Leonardo da Vinci

A temporary pavilion in Tokyo’s Hibiya Park seems like an unlikely venue for showcasing the hallowed works of Leonardo da Vinci, but for this particular exhibition, the big top-like structure is appropriate. “Leonardo da Vinci: The Genius” is aimed straight at the general public. ...

Rethinking traditional urushi lacquerware

Nov 19, 2010

Rethinking traditional urushi lacquerware

London, it appears, is a good place to learn about both past and present Japan. Last year, as Britain celebrated 150 years of cultural exchange with Japan, it hosted a number of major shows, including a large-scale matsuri (festival) in Spitalfields Market, a comprehensive ...

Going back to school for alternative art

Aug 20, 2010

Going back to school for alternative art

A first-time visitor to 3331 Arts Chiyoda might be equally intrigued and confused. To the left of the entrance, there’s a wide open space with only tables and chairs; in the center, a small booth with shelves stuffed with toys; to the right, a ...

Science exhibition / 'Sensor in the Life'

| Jul 9, 2010

Science exhibition / 'Sensor in the Life'

Sony ExploraScience “Sensor in the Life” closes Aug. 31 In a survey conducted by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture in 2003, science was ranked as the subject school students thought to be the least important to learn, even though it was also ...

Vernacular photography — a means to avoid an end

Jul 2, 2010

Vernacular photography — a means to avoid an end

A woman in a corseted, white-lace dress stares straight ahead as she unveils a framed funerary portrait of another young woman. This sepia-toned 19th-century photograph is historian and curator Geoffrey Batchen’s choice for the very first image of “Suspending Time: Life – Photography – ...

'Fear Experiment: Science in 'Haunted House' '

| May 14, 2010

'Fear Experiment: Science in "Haunted House" '

National Museum of Emerging Science Closes May 31 A haunted house is not something you would expect to find at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), but this latest special exhibition begins with just that — an experience that spooks visitors ...