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TOKYO

“Emerging Master 1: Makoto Aida “Be it Art or not Art”

TOKYO WONDER SITE, HONGO

by Matthew Holmes

Staff Writer

Tokyo Wonder Site begins its “Emerging Master” series with Makoto Aida — the artist who famously goaded Disney lawyers with crazed and sexualized depictions of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and who has garnered controversy as much as acclaim. But with his anti-establishment career and a number of challenges to art culture since the 1980s, he certainly fits into the “Master” set.

This series of exhibitions will also showcase artists with more nascent careers, and in fact this first show focuses on Aida’s earlier works. These include pieces centered on ideas of sex, death and politics, which are juxtaposed neatly with those of artists such as Fuyuhiko Takata and Chiho Hayashi who, coming from “within Aida’s intimate circle,” also challenge viewers to ask if their work is “art or not”; till Dec. 25.

Tokyo Wonder Site, Hongo; (03) 5689-7501; 2-4-16 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku; 7-min walk from both the East Exit of Suidobashi Station on the Sobu Line and Exit 3 of Hongo Sanchome Station on the Toei Oedo and Marunouchi subway lines. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free. Closed Mon. www.tokyo-ws.org.