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What words alone cannot convey

Oct 23, 2014

What words alone cannot convey

by Stuart Munro

“Can writing succeed as the subject of photography?” This is a question that troubles Paris-based artist Yuki Onodera. Her two works from the series “The World is Not Small Enough” are included in “Photographs by Five,” a group show at Zeit-Foto Salon in Kyobashi, ...

Less meant more to Shunso Hishida

Oct 16, 2014

Less meant more to Shunso Hishida

by C.B. Liddell

It’s no secret that the Japanese art world was going through major changes at the end of the 19th century. On the one hand, there was a flood of Western art styles, called yōga, offering exciting new possibilities, while, on the other, there was ...

Kyoto's top treasures, all under one roof

Oct 16, 2014

Kyoto's top treasures, all under one roof

by Sachiko Tamashige

Kyoto is at its most brilliant and beautiful in autumn, with its World Heritage scenery colored in red and golden leaves. This year, it’s also a time when visitors have the rare opportunity to learn about the essence of Kyoto culture at the Kyoto ...

The Yamatane Museum presents a brilliant show

Oct 9, 2014

The Yamatane Museum presents a brilliant show

by Alice Gordenker

Gold and silver have long been used in Japanese painting for their decorative value, on works ranging from intimate handscrolls to large-scale screens. But as the current exhibition at the Yamatane Museum of Art makes amply clear, in the last century or so tradition ...

Gronsky's detached fascination

Oct 9, 2014

Gronsky's detached fascination

by John L. Tran

Alexander Gronsky is slightly surprised at his own success. Standing outside the warehouse building that is hosting a joint reception for several artists, including Thomas Ruff, he chain smokes a couple of cigarettes while we chat about doing photography during a typhoon, and how ...

Tokyo's tiny capsules of architectural flair

Oct 3, 2014

Tokyo's tiny capsules of architectural flair

by Katie Forster

Every night in Tokyo, the few remaining residents of the Nakagin Capsule Tower bed down to sleep in the once-futuristic white pods they call home. Unlike the tiny, coffin-like cabins of Japan’s numerous capsule hotels, where office workers who have missed the last train ...

Susumu Shingu knows which way the wind blows

Oct 2, 2014

Susumu Shingu knows which way the wind blows

by Mio Yamada

Less than five minutes into conversation, Susumu Shingu’s wife, Yasuko, pulls out a large binder crammed with photographs, sketches and drawings and starts flipping through images of her husband’s most recent sculptures. “I work for him,” she says with a big smile. “All the ...

Nothing goes out of fashion quite like the future

Oct 2, 2014

Nothing goes out of fashion quite like the future

by John L. Tran

Vincent Fournier’s exhibition at the Diesel Art Gallery shows a love and fascination with technology, but it is not a straightforward adoration. The French photographer combines this with an impish sense of humor and also brings a sociologist’s view to his subjects, which are ...

Transforming the splendor of Japanese art

Sep 25, 2014

Transforming the splendor of Japanese art

by Yoko Haruhara

Every culture treasures its arts, and art museums are at the forefront of art preservation, engaging curators and specialists to ensure works remain as faithful to the originals as possible. Japan, however, has a long cultural and philosophical tradition that runs counter to the ...

The Royal Academy gazed beyond its shores

Sep 25, 2014

The Royal Academy gazed beyond its shores

by C.B. Liddell

If last week’s Scottish independence referendum achieved anything, it raised awareness of Britain and Britishness. But for a few hundred thousand votes, here is a nation that could have ceased to be. But just what is Britishness? A visit to “Genius and Ambition: The ...

Blum & Poe gets closer to its artists

Sep 18, 2014

Blum & Poe gets closer to its artists

by Edan Corkill

Some people just can’t help liking Japan. That’s the message one gets from the effervescent Tim Blum and his only slightly more taciturn partner Jeff Poe, co-owners of the Los Angeles-based Blum & Poe art gallery, which this week takes the bold step of ...

Taking a pictorial trip to Normandy

Sep 18, 2014

Taking a pictorial trip to Normandy

by C.B. Liddell

“Normandie — L’Estuaire de la Seine: L’Invention d’Un Paysage” (“Normandy — The Seine Estuary: The invention of a Landscape” is an exhibition at the Sompo Japan Museum of Art that recently changed its name to Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art. Just as the ...