Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

Jul 10, 2013

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

Beside Stephan Balkenhol’s sculpture “Big Head with Three Part Relief” a note reads, “Nothing here is as it should be.” This figureless “head” set against a black void represents “Mr. Everyman,” that common figure, detached from his surround and considering his place in the ...

Gregor Schneider: temporary structures that resist conformity

Jul 10, 2013

Gregor Schneider: temporary structures that resist conformity

Seemingly out of nowhere, German artist Gregor Schneider exhibits major work at the recently opened TOLOT/heuristic Shinonome complex. His solo show brings together “It’s All Rheydt” (Kolkata, 2011) and photography from his largest undertaking, “Haus u r,” a house in his hometown of Rheydt ...

Are we all blinded by our sense of beauty?

Jun 20, 2013

Are we all blinded by our sense of beauty?

Sophie Calle is an enigma. She is an artist, writer, photographer and filmmaker yet doesn’t work exclusively in any of these areas. She has become famous for her work in photography but her objects and later films have drawn equal attention — work that ...

Observing the present and past is to see into the future

Jun 13, 2013

Observing the present and past is to see into the future

For the past 48 years, Daido Moriyama has followed his photographic instinct, drawn to subjects whose characters appear as vibrant as they are tragic while leaving the question of which for us to decide. The act of exhibiting, through the unraveling of images, has ...

How far does the apple drop?

Jun 6, 2013

How far does the apple drop?

“I don’t like Graffiti” states French artist Zevs, who is known for his street-art work and is currently showing at The Container in Daikanyama. “Heaven” presents two pieces. The first — a poster depicting a young couple in New York surrounded by electronics, while ...

JR's portraits put a face on Tohoku

Apr 4, 2013

JR's portraits put a face on Tohoku

French artist JR, whose show of photographic artwork is on display at the Watari-um (Watari Museum of Contemporary Art), inspires while questioning the role of art in war-torn and disaster-ridden places, asking whether art could really change things for the better. JR not only ...

Enjoy an art night out in Roppongi

Mar 21, 2013

Enjoy an art night out in Roppongi

Spring finally returns and with the change of weather comes a flurry of activity in and around Tokyo, as this year’s Roppongi Art Night is welcomed back. Running from 10 a.m. on March 23 until 6 p.m. the next day, the festival hosts a ...

On the ubiquity of great design

Mar 14, 2013

On the ubiquity of great design

Originally made as a program broadcast on NHK’s education channel, “Design Ah!” — led by graphic designer Taku Satoh, Interactive designer and artist Yugo Nakamura, and musician Keigo Oyamada — has gone one step further to become an interactive exhibition. Taking the films and ...

Infectious artwork that spreads ideas

Feb 7, 2013

Infectious artwork that spreads ideas

“On Mosquitoes Human and Other Animals” is the work of artist Beatriz Inglessis in collaboration with three other people: philosopher Suzanne McCullagh, education specialist Renee Jackson and gallery curator Shai Ohayon. The latest show at The Container gallery in Nakameguro, it’s the result of ...

Old art building faces a new 'Junction' in life

Jan 3, 2013

Old art building faces a new 'Junction' in life

In Yanaka, a 10-minute walk from Nippori Station in Tokyo, a new art center is being constructed in the shell of a 50-year-old house that had been the atelier and residence of students from Tokyo Art University since 2004. Like many buildings of its ...