Stuart Munro

For Stuart Munro's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Artists expand photography and film conventions into a new language

Aug 21, 2014

Artists expand photography and film conventions into a new language

At a time when popular culture is fed both mesmerizing and disturbing imagery, it often carries with it a sense of terror, while alluding to the possibility of something disturbingly sublime. What makes that something “sublime,” however, evades easy definition. “Expanded Retina #2″ at ...

Nao Tsuda takes us beyond the straight and narrow

Jul 17, 2014

Nao Tsuda takes us beyond the straight and narrow

The walkways, ravines and peaks of the Himalayas, Tibet and Swiss Alps form the backdrop for “On the Mountain Path,” the latest photographic exhibition by Nao Tsuda at Gallery 916. Tsuda’s sizeable photographs show one man’s appreciation for landscapes’ resilience to inconstant climate and ...

Shiseido's Tsubaki-kai questions the nature of art

May 7, 2014

Shiseido's Tsubaki-kai questions the nature of art

Now in its seventh incarnation, Shiseido's most recent Tsubaki-kai group of artists is the first to be formed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of 2011, and it has added to its concerns the meeting of personal preoccupation with art's wider relevance ...

Roppongi Art Night 2014: Get ready for a 32-hour art marathon

Apr 17, 2014

Roppongi Art Night 2014: Get ready for a 32-hour art marathon

Art needn’t be strictly visual. That’s how Katsuhiko Hibino sees things. The artist once again serves as artistic director for this year’s Roppongi Art Night, which begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday and runs straight through until 6 p.m. on Sunday. Moving beyond the ...

For Goze artists, music was a life of servitude

Mar 19, 2014

For Goze artists, music was a life of servitude

Walking in a line, hands gently touching the person in front and guided by someone able-sighted, blind female entertainers, known as Goze, would travel up and down Japan, come rain or snow, to play the shamisen and perform jōruri narrative music. Walking in unimaginable ...

Portraits reveal much more than a person's appearance

Nov 13, 2013

Portraits reveal much more than a person's appearance

Filmmaker and photographer Dennis Hopper leans against an old wall with his camera sandwiched between his body and the brickwork. Photographer Robert Frank lies sockless on the sand, harmonica in mouth. These celebrities are only two of a very long list of figures from ...

The Towada Art Center expands its landscape

Oct 2, 2013

The Towada Art Center expands its landscape

Ever since the Towada Art Center opened five years ago, the city in Aomori Prefecture has seen its prospects dramatically alter. Not only by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, but by the subsequent devastation of neighboring areas, all of which compounded ...

The tireless patience of a behavioral photographer

Sep 11, 2013

The tireless patience of a behavioral photographer

In Wim Wenders’ 1984 film “Paris, Texas,” Walt (Dean Stockwell) picks up his younger brother Travis (Harry Dean Stanton), who had disappeared in the desert four years earlier, to drive him back to Los Angeles. As Walt drives, Travis shows him a weathered picture ...

Shuji Terayama's underground public stage

Sep 4, 2013

Shuji Terayama's underground public stage

Thirty years on from the death of Shuji Terayama, Japanese theater’s most avant-garde provocateur continues his renaissance with a show of his films, photography and, most importantly, theater works at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, which follows on from the recent showing of ...