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An exhibition of things that make you go 'hmm'

Apr 12, 2016

An exhibition of things that make you go 'hmm'

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The subtitle of the Mori Art Museum’s triennial “Roppongi Crossing” exhibition three years ago was “Out of Doubt.” This year it’s “My Body, Your Voice.” In 2013, the group show was inflected by the destruction caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

Putting some faith into the art of decoration

Apr 12, 2016

Putting some faith into the art of decoration

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The titular kazari (decoration or ornament) as the focus of “Kazari: Decoration in Faith and Festival,” the Miho Museum’s spring exhibition, is intended to restore something of the centrality of its concept of decorative embellishment to Japanese art. While the exhibits are consummate, however, ...

Soseki Museum in London to close next year

Apr 5, 2016

Soseki Museum in London to close next year

A museum in London dedicated to novelist Soseki Natsume (1867-1916), who spent two years in the British capital, plans to close in September next year due to financial difficulties amid declining visitors, its operator said Monday. Next year marks 150 years since Soseki’s birth, ...

Richard Aldrich on the plurality of painting

Apr 5, 2016

Richard Aldrich on the plurality of painting

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Richard Aldrich’s “Eight Paintings” is his third solo exhibition with Misako & Rosen, but his first in their current exhibition space in Tokyo’s Otsuka district. As the title suggests, it comprises eight small-scale works. It opens as his show “Time Stopped, Time Started” closes ...

Miyajima's LED numbers tell tale of life in Hong Kong

Mar 31, 2016

Miyajima's LED numbers tell tale of life in Hong Kong

Artist Tatsuo Miyajima’s new work, “Time Waterfall,” has been shrouded in dense fog for most of the week, his trademark numbers partly hidden as they cascade down Hong Kong’s tallest building. But despite the heavy weather, Miyajima is still hopeful that his creation will ...

Stitches in time make fashion sublime

Mar 29, 2016

Stitches in time make fashion sublime

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All artistic practices inevitably borrow from the past, but fashion, in particular, seems to revel in revivals. Whether skillfully appropriated or brazenly duplicated, the familiar frequently finds its way back to the runway, be it in 1940s wide pants, ’50s flared skirts, ’60s babydoll ...

The illuminating nature of Emile Galle

Mar 29, 2016

The illuminating nature of Emile Galle

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum has always had a connection with French glassware. After all, almost the first thing you see as you enter through the front entrance is a set of glass-relief doors with an angel motif. These were created by the ...

Looking forward through photography

Mar 15, 2016

Looking forward through photography

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The spectacular landscapes left by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami have been used as source material by photographers to an extraordinary degree. Yes, using the words “spectacular” and “landscape” here may seem indecent, but this is one of many difficult issues ...

Robert Morris and Kishio Suga's piece in conversation

Mar 15, 2016

Robert Morris and Kishio Suga's piece in conversation

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There are just two installations in the exhibition “Robert Morris and Kishio Suga” at Blum & Poe’s fifth-floor gallery in Harajuku: Morris’ “Lead and Felt” and Suga’s “Parameters of Space.” However, there are a number of correspondences between these two artists that make their ...

Fujiwara wants the dirt to stick

Mar 8, 2016

Fujiwara wants the dirt to stick

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White often seems to be used in contemporary art in Japan as a kind of short cut to signify “beauty,” “purity” or “spirituality.” Simon Fujiwara’s show “White Day” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is, as the title suggests, overwhelmingly white, but it’s designed ...

A round trip to Takeoka's world

Mar 8, 2016

A round trip to Takeoka's world

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“From a Pedestal into Space,” at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO), is Yuji Takeoka’s first major retrospective in Japan, featuring works from the 1980s to today. On entering the museum’s vast gallery space, you will find it populated with minimalist sculptures of ...