Public to benefit from art indemnity system

| Jul 7, 2011

Public to benefit from art indemnity system

by Edan Corkill

If you’ve ever thought that the ¥1,500 admission ticket at the average touring exhibition in Tokyo is too expensive, consider this: The cost of insuring artworks for trips to Japan is around 0.2 percent of their appraised value. So, imagine a Vincent van Gogh ...

Japan learns about itself from the outside

| Jun 25, 2010

Japan learns about itself from the outside

by Edan Corkill

Corporate Japan’s high-profile purchases of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces during the bubble-economy in the late 1980s and early 1990s are generally seen as examples of senseless posturing. But imagine how those paintings — the ones that remain in this country, that is — would ...

| Nov 27, 2008

Asian art 'madness' a la mode

by Edan Corkill

“Sometimes I think they’re all too young to remember what it was like 20 years ago,” said Australian curator-turned- academic Caroline Turner at the 3rd Asian Art Museum Directors’ Forum, held in Tokyo last week. In fact, 20 years ago almost the only Asian ...

| Oct 30, 2008

Poof! goes the art work as taboos broken

by Edan Corkill

The skies above the Hiroshima Peace Memorial were perfectly clear last Tuesday morning — until a small plane appeared and started writing in smoke a Japanese word that could be translated as “Bang!” In an article the next day, the local Chugoku Shimbun reported ...

| Sep 25, 2008

Papers big players in the canvas game

by Edan Corkill

Japan’s largest Pablo Picasso exhibition ever opens in Tokyo next month. It’s so big it occupies not one but two venues — the National Art Center, Tokyo, and the Suntory Museum of Art in Roppongi. The idea that an exhibition could monopolize two museums ...

| Aug 28, 2008

Why curators stay at home

by Edan Corkill

When I interviewed 28-year-old curator Shinya Watanabe a month ago, he surprised me when he said his dream was to curate Documenta, the massive exhibition of international contemporary art held once every five years in Kassel, Germany. He might as well have said all ...

You can always buy your way in

| Jul 31, 2008

You can always buy your way in

by Edan Corkill

Art changes with the times, so why shouldn’t art galleries? Some say that Japan’s unique “rental gallery” system, where young artists pay hundreds of thousands of yen per week to show their work, is on its last legs. If so, is it a case ...