Offbeat satire that finds the bizarre in the banal

Jan 15, 2015

Offbeat satire that finds the bizarre in the banal

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Sometimes the pen really is mightier than the sword — not only when it is deployed to capture in words the loftiest philosophical ruminations, but also when, through pictures, it causes heroes to tremble and fall. For skilled satirists, trenchant humor is a potent ...

Symbolic olives trace the journey of Catholics in Japan

Apr 16, 2014

Symbolic olives trace the journey of Catholics in Japan

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Japanese-born artist Yu Araki is currently presenting his site-specific video installation “Angelo Lives,” (2014) at Nakameguro’s quirky The Container art space. Literally a shipping container housed inside a hair salon, the small gallery is known for giving artists free rein to reinterpret the unique ...

Find art contained at affordable prices

Dec 12, 2013

Find art contained at affordable prices

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The Container, the freight-container-sized gallery in Nakameguro that has been impressively punching above its weight in Tokyo’s art scene since 2011, is taking its mantra of “art for everyone” one step further with its latest show. Described as “shamelessly” manufacturing and retailing contemporary art ...

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

Oct 9, 2013

Complex issues knitted into the fabric of art

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It’s difficult to say something new about the Holocaust in face of an immense body of work produced over seven decades. Consequently more outlandish forms of expression are often required to inspire a fresh reaction. Israeli artist Gil Yefman works with text, textures and ...

How far does the apple drop?

Jun 6, 2013

How far does the apple drop?

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“I don’t like Graffiti” states French artist Zevs, who is known for his street-art work and is currently showing at The Container in Daikanyama. “Heaven” presents two pieces. The first — a poster depicting a young couple in New York surrounded by electronics, while ...

Infectious artwork that spreads ideas

Feb 7, 2013

Infectious artwork that spreads ideas

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“On Mosquitoes Human and Other Animals” is the work of artist Beatriz Inglessis in collaboration with three other people: philosopher Suzanne McCullagh, education specialist Renee Jackson and gallery curator Shai Ohayon. The latest show at The Container gallery in Nakameguro, it’s the result of ...