Art is long, when life can be short

Jan 29, 2015

Art is long, when life can be short

by Matthew Larking

Given Japan’s continual seismic activity, what happened at 5:46 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1995, was unavoidable. The devastation and loss of life that occurred with the magnitude 7.3 quake in Kansai became a yardstick only now surpassed by the Great East Japan Earthquake of ...

'Yokoo Tadanori: Great Nirvana'

Jan 22, 2015

'Yokoo Tadanori: Great Nirvana'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This collection of more than 300 nehanzo (nirvana statues) was originally accumulated by the artist Tadanori Yokoo. Such statues usually depict Buddha reclining as he awaits death to enter parinirvana, a realm also known as nirvana-after-death. This exhibition, however, includes all kinds of figures ...

There's method in artistic 'madness'

Jan 8, 2015

There's method in artistic 'madness'

by C.B. Liddell

Jiro Takamatsu is not easy to understand. He was an idiosyncratic avant-garde artist who worked with a variety of materials to create arcane art that expressed philosophical ideas. This is immediately off-putting to some and intriguing to others. However, the exhibition “Takamatsu Jiro: Mysteries” ...

Keeping up with the shifting world

Jan 8, 2015

Keeping up with the shifting world

by John L. Tran

Designers can be an ambitious bunch, hoping to lead us all into a better, color-coordinated, minimalist future. “The Fab Mind” aims to show off attempts “to understand and to resolve social issues through design’,” based upon the earth-shattering notions that the world is in ...

'Quintet: Five-Star Artists'

Jan 8, 2015

'Quintet: Five-Star Artists'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This second installment of the museum’s “Quintet” series features five Japanese up-and-coming artists — Naoko Tomioka, Fumie Hiratai, Etsuko Iwao, Ayako Mizumura and Aki Yamamoto. Seventy oil and acrylics artworks are being showcased under this year’s theme of resonance, with depictions of ethereal subject ...

From tradition to trash: Tokyo's art in 2014

Dec 25, 2014

From tradition to trash: Tokyo's art in 2014

by C.B. Liddell

This year has been a memorable one for art exhibitions at museums in Tokyo, with a surprisingly diverse array of shows and events, ancient and modern, foreign and domestic, metropolitan and provincial. As usual, a pivotal point early in the calendar was provided by ...

'Chie Matsui: A story'

Dec 18, 2014

'Chie Matsui: A story'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Chie Matsui’s silk-screen installations, which have been made to reflect Gallery Nomart’s history as a printing company, were created exclusively for this exhibition in a collaboration with the Nomart Editions publishing team. The main theme, “Tongari Yama,” translates as “Pointy Mountain” and refers to ...

Still photography that will always remain moving

Dec 11, 2014

Still photography that will always remain moving

by John L. Tran

In the late 1950s, after having studied law and while pursuing a masters degree in art history, Ikko Narahara took two series of images that depicted groups of people at the extreme edges of society. One was of a woman’s prison in Wakayama Prefecture ...

Isn't it time to take art out of storage?

Dec 4, 2014

Isn't it time to take art out of storage?

by Moeko Yazawa and Edan Corkill

Tokyo’s art scene has always comprised many hubs, and it’s about to get a new one — one that promises to be among the most exciting. Two months ago, storage company Warehouse Terrada unveiled T-Art Gallery, a new space within its planned art complex ...