'Hiroshi Sugimoto: Lost Human Genetic Archive'

Aug 30, 2016

'Hiroshi Sugimoto: Lost Human Genetic Archive'

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Sept. 3-Nov. 13 For the opening exhibition of the rebranded Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (formerly the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), acclaimed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto asks us to reflect on our way of life and how it affects the environment. The New York-based ...

'Meiji Kogei: Amazing Japanese Art'

Aug 30, 2016

'Meiji Kogei: Amazing Japanese Art'

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Sept. 7-Oct. 30 This upcoming exhibition celebrating Japan’s Meiji Era (1868-1912) aims to live up to its name by setting out to amaze even the most erudite of art and culture fans. More than 100 works of traditional crafts from Meiji Japan — including ...

'Yokoo Maniarism Vol.1'

Aug 9, 2016

'Yokoo Maniarism Vol.1'

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Aug. 6-Nov. 27 Tadanori Yokoo, the eponymous artist of this Kobe museum, is one of Japan’s most internationally recognized artists. Born in Nishikawa, Hyogo Prefecture, Yokoo is best known for his vibrant poster and album-cover colored illustrations. This exhibition peeks into his personal world ...

'Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e'

Aug 2, 2016

'Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e'

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Aug. 2-Aug. 28 The game kimodameshi can be a scary way to chill your bones on a hot summer night. It involves daring a friend to venture into a supposedly haunted place and return with some kind of souvenir to prove their courage. The ...

Spooky beasts keep haunting Japan's art

Jul 19, 2016

Spooky beasts keep haunting Japan's art

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Seething masses of people crushed together in searing heat; empty-eyed wraiths, heads drooping in despair, shuffling to and fro — waiting for the time when they will be released their suffering. Tokyo can be hell in July and August. It isn’t all bad though; ...

The embellished world of Kozan Miyagawa's ceramics

Jul 5, 2016

The embellished world of Kozan Miyagawa's ceramics

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In 1954-55, three Kyoto ceramists of the Sodeisha group of artists began a revolution by creating objects that fulfilled no practical role. Kazuo Yagi, Osamu Suzuki and Hikaru Yamada took away the mouths of vases or added several more to them, played with vessels’ ...

Admiring the tarnished silver screen

Jun 28, 2016

Admiring the tarnished silver screen

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Old chewing gum, cheap carpet sticky from spilled drinks, sagging seats pitted with cigarette burns: Satoshi Chuma’s photographs of old cinemas on show at the National Film Center are fantastically evocative of the decline and fall of celluloid. Having spent several years working in ...

Three artists wondering in the darkness

Jun 14, 2016

Three artists wondering in the darkness

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Hajime Sawatari is 76 and alone. He’s technically still married, but found that photography and chasing skirt didn’t sit well with being in a monogamous relationship. “I want to be free to photograph what I want. I’m very self-centered,” he tells me, disarmingly. In ...

Japan's conflicted art of World War II

Jun 7, 2016

Japan's conflicted art of World War II

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The Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art’s current exhibition, “1945±5: The Works that Survived through the Turbulent and Reconstruction Era,” showcases modern Japanese art five years either side of the pivotal end of World War II. It addresses oil painting and mostly follows a conventional ...