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The changing views of landscape painting

Sep 29, 2015

The changing views of landscape painting

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There are many ways in which an art exhibition can make a positive impression, but the two main ones are through the quality of the artworks and the narrative that ties these together. The present exhibition at Bunkamura The Museum is rather weak on ...

What lies behind the bright lights of the city

Sep 29, 2015

What lies behind the bright lights of the city

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When visitors enter The Container, the micro-gallery housed inside Bross hair salon in Tokyo’s Nakameguro neighborhood, they’ll be faced with a faintly illuminated photograph that divides the space into two. The artwork, which forms the center of Suzanne Mooney’s solo show, titled “A Few ...

Miki Saito steps out of the inky shadows

Sep 15, 2015

Miki Saito steps out of the inky shadows

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Some artworks on first look hit you like a ton of bricks — with bold colors and striking realism. Others take time to get to know, offering hidden treasures that are revealed to the viewer over time. The work of Miki Saito at Wada ...

Behind the scenes of ukiyo-e prints

Sep 8, 2015

Behind the scenes of ukiyo-e prints

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Everyday life in Edo (present-day Tokyo) was befitting of a capital city — an era of beautiful women, graceful kabuki actors, bustling streets and breathtaking sights. The peace and stability imposed by the Edo Period (1603-1868) Tokugawa Shogunate allowed the city to flourish and ...

Pure landscape photography

Sep 8, 2015

Pure landscape photography

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The exhibition “Stream of Consciousness” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is an extremely successful representation of contemporary Japanese photographic art. It combines some of the salient aspects of Japanese culture with the aesthetically formal, yet emotive imagery that is indicative of what gives ...

Takashi Homma's window on today's crafts

Sep 1, 2015

Takashi Homma's window on today's crafts

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Broadly speaking, compared to Britain, Germany and the United States, France and Japan have shared an alternative approach to design since the industrial revolution, focusing more on the appreciation of handmade and luxury goods. This economic necessity reverberates today as a mutual affection of ...

Poster woman for the war against the U.S.-led TPP

Sep 1, 2015

Poster woman for the war against the U.S.-led TPP

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For Yoko Inoue, art is like a bomb: Throw it into a crowded street and the truth just might explode out of it. The Japanese-born, New York-based multimedia and performance artist takes aim at society’s assumptions about commerce and culture using works rooted in ...

Artist Banksy opens theme park at British seaside

Aug 21, 2015

Artist Banksy opens theme park at British seaside

Graffiti artist Banksy announced the opening of a dystopian theme park in a British seaside town on Thursday, featuring boats filled with migrants and an anarchist training camp. The “Dismaland” theme park is located in a derelict outdoor swimming pool center in Weston-super-Mare, a ...

Postwar art: What's wrong with controversy?

Aug 18, 2015

Postwar art: What's wrong with controversy?

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If you like controversy with your contemporary art “Postwar Art in Close Up” at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) may be the wrong exhibition to visit. Though it is tentatively presented as a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of ...

A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

Aug 18, 2015

A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

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Erik Satie (1866-1925) said and did a lot of memorable things, many remarkably outlandish. Brilliant and bonkers, he composed works that range from cabaret ditties to a “symphonic drama,” from light music for educating children to complex parodies of the masters. And who can ...