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'Andreas Gursky'

Jun 27, 2013

'Andreas Gursky'

by Natasha Vik

Hailing from Germany, Andreas Gursky has long been one of the most revered names in contemporary photography. In his images, Gursky captures the repeated patterns of cityscapes on such a massive scale that they almost appear abstract. This exhibition, which is Gursky’s first solo ...

'Harry Potter: The Exhibition'

Jun 20, 2013

'Harry Potter: The Exhibition'

by Natasha Vik

Having already spellbound some 2 million visitors in North America, Australia and Singapore, “Harry Potter: The Exhibition” is set for its Japan debut this summer. Displaying more than 200 authentic costumes and props, such as Gryffindor uniforms and Quidditch equipment, it’s a rare treat ...

'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'

Jun 20, 2013

'Leo Lionni: Book! Art! Book!'

by Alisa Yamasaki

Leo Lionni was an accomplished painter, sculptor and graphic designer, but he is best known as the acclaimed author and illustrator of popular children’s books such as “Swimmy” and “Frederick.” His illustrations are colorful and detailed, mixing a variety of mediums including oil paint, ...

'Playback Artist Talks'

Jun 13, 2013

'Playback Artist Talks'

by Natasha Vik

Since 2005, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, has provided artists with a platform to discuss their works housed at the museum. The event, called Artist Talk, has been held 30 times since its inception, each time giving an artist the opportunity to ...

'World Press ' Photo 2013'

Jun 6, 2013

'World Press " Photo 2013'

by Alisa Yamasaki

Now in its 56th year, the World Press Photo Contest has expanded its categories to include sports and portraiture to reflect those growing trends in photojournalism. The competition attracted more than 5,000 applicants, and the winning photos are currently on world tour, now making ...

'Kawai Gyokudo: Depicting Japan,  Heart and Hearth'

Jun 6, 2013

'Kawai Gyokudo: Depicting Japan, Heart and Hearth'

by Natasha Vik

Nihonga (Japanese-style) artist Kawai Gyokudo’s nostalgic imagery of nature and people made him a national favorite in Japan. Combining the teachings of the Kano and Maruyama-shijo schools of the late 19th century, Gyokudo (1873-1957) achieved a distinctive style that earned him the Order of ...

'Sweet Revenge'

Jun 6, 2013

'Sweet Revenge'

by Natasha Vik

For its latest exhibition, the Kyoto City University of Arts Gallery is showcasing works by five of the university’s conceptual design graduates. Through a variety of media — including photography, animation, computer graphics and installations — the show explores the notion of whether art ...

'The Exhibition of Otani Collection'

May 30, 2013

'The Exhibition of Otani Collection'

by Marie Omata

The New Otani Art Museum has chosen 30 seasonal works from its own collection for this year’s summer show. Known for acquiring impressive Edo Period and modern works, the museum is showcasing nihonga (Japanese-style) painting, such as Jippo Araki’s “Swallows in Summer” and Gyokudo ...