World Press prizewinning photos get to the heart of the story

| Jun 29, 2005

World Press prizewinning photos get to the heart of the story

Every year the Dutch-based non-profit organization World Press Photo sifts through thousands of news photographs from around the world in search of images that “represent an event, situation or issue of great journalistic importance and demonstrate an outstanding level of visual perception and creativity.” ...

The art that rocks the boat of war in Iraq

| Jun 15, 2005

The art that rocks the boat of war in Iraq

If you don’t like U.S. President George W. Bush — particularly if you don’t support his war in Iraq — then there is a new gallery exhibition in Tokyo that you will relish. The group show “Yo! Whatever Happened to Peace?” is the brainchild ...

A voyeur for today

| Jun 1, 2005

A voyeur for today

The photographer Richard Kern grew up in a small town in North Carolina, the son of a newspaperman. As a teenager, Kern had a part-time job changing the marquee at the local cinema, and one of the perks was free films. It was during ...

Roppongi's art gallery boom

| May 18, 2005

Roppongi's art gallery boom

Roppongi, which used to be chiefly known as a pick-up party pit for Tokyo’s ex-pat population, has recently begun to emerge as a contemporary art center. Spurred by the Mori Art Museum’s opening in 2003, the neighborhood now presents the possibility of a short ...

Girls in the company of wolves

| May 4, 2005

Girls in the company of wolves

For more than a decade female Japanese artists have been a dynamic force in contemporary photography, and now they are making big waves in other artistic media as well, as the phantasmagoric work of Tomoko Konoike best illustrates. I can think of few Japanese ...

Soft-focus images to unsettle us

| Apr 27, 2005

Soft-focus images to unsettle us

The first Yokohama Triennale, held back in 2001, was a critical success, and so I was delighted to hear that the second incarnation of the contemporary art extravaganza has been set for September. Now, if you can do basic arithmetic, four years later doesn’t ...

| Apr 6, 2005

From Zen to story, a tale of artists East and West

The Mori Art Museum in Roppongi is not yet two years old but the two new Mori shows that opened last weekend — “The Elegance of Silence: Contemporary Art from East Asia” and “The World is a Stage: Stories Behind Pictures” — suggest a ...

Thank you to all art

| Mar 9, 2005

Thank you to all art

Today, in case you didn’t know it, is Thank You Art Day, a day to celebrate contemporary art made by anyone anywhere. Artist Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, a Tama Art University graduate, began the annual event in 2001 with an eye to, as he says, “vitalizing ...

Lights up on gifted artist

| Feb 23, 2005

Lights up on gifted artist

The Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts is the ne plus ultra of honors in Canadian art. Some 2,000 of the country’s cultural elite attend the annual awards ceremony, a black-tie affair held at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario. ...