Nissan award echoes a maturing art world

Jun 16, 2015

Nissan award echoes a maturing art world

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The biennial Nissan Art Award isn’t new now, and it wasn’t really new when it began in 2013, either — something Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn is fully aware of. “I don’t think it’s a unique approach from our side,” he tells me, ...

Just one collector can make all the difference

Jun 16, 2015

Just one collector can make all the difference

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When Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery opened “Takahashi Collection: Mirror Neuron,” it was packed with people keen to see Ryutaro Takahashi’s selection of 140 contemporary artworks by 52 artists. It’s only the second major showing of pieces owned by Takahashi, a psychiatrist and one ...

Painting women of Japan

Jun 2, 2015

Painting women of Japan

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Ask an art lover to name Japanese women artists active before the 20th century, and chances are they’ll draw a blank, despite the fact that many highly accomplished women were painting in far-earlier times. Fortunately, there is now rising interest in understanding the lives ...

The big difference a little time can make

Jun 2, 2015

The big difference a little time can make

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The main premise behind “Time of Others” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (MoT) is that there is no fixed self — “otherness” can be a matter of recognizing that our identities and qualities as people can change. The curatorial team behind the ...

Seeing beyond Jiro Takamatsu's shadows

May 19, 2015

Seeing beyond Jiro Takamatsu's shadows

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“Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work” is taxonomic, breaking down everything in the artist’s oeuvre into relatively neat successions of projects and including his paintings and sculptures, copious sketches and the marginalia. Even the catalog seemingly calls for a scientific approach, this exhibition being the ...

'Nobuaki Onishi: Vacuum'

May 19, 2015

'Nobuaki Onishi: Vacuum'

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May 23-June 20 Back in Japan after a year of study and research in Europe, Nobuaki Onishi is now holding his third solo exhibition at Gallery Nomart. Onishi is known for works that subvert notions of reality by playing on our perception of objects ...

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

May 5, 2015

Korin: the late bloomer with innovative in style

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One of the joys of visiting Tokyo’s Nezu Museum in early May, is to catch the annual showing of one of the museum’s most famous works, Ogata Korin’s “Irises,” before stepping outside to appreciate the real irises blooming in its garden. This spring, Korin’s ...

Diversity saved the Kano school

Apr 21, 2015

Diversity saved the Kano school

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Kyoto National Museum’s “Kano Painters of the Momoyama Period: Eitoku’s Legacy” is the follow up exhibition to the 2007 “Kano Eitoku, Momoyama Painter Extraordinaire” and focuses on Eitoku’s successors who produced work during the period 1596-1615. The current year marks the 400th anniversary of ...