Acid attack photo shoot gets India's attention

Sep 4, 2014

Acid attack photo shoot gets India's attention

A fashion photo shoot featuring five victims of acid attacks is drawing wide attention in India. While the country keeps no official statistics on acid attacks, there are regular reports in the media of attackers targeting victims to disfigure or blind them, often because ...

Giant Japanese-designed public artwork divides opinion in Sydney

Jul 30, 2014

Giant Japanese-designed public artwork divides opinion in Sydney

A giant Japanese-designed public artwork that will straddle Sydney’s primary street was unveiled Tuesday, dividing opinion with supporters saying it will boost the city’s reputation and critics calling it “stupid.” The steel Cloud Arch, designed by Tokyo-based Junya Ishigami, will tower up to 50 ...

Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free-speech protest

Jul 15, 2014

Arrest of Tokyo vagina artist sparks free-speech protest

The arrest of a Tokyo artist on obscenity charges for distributing data that allowed recipients to make 3-D prints of her vagina has sparked protests over what supporters say is an attack on free expression. Megumi Igarashi, 42, who calls herself Rokudenashi-ko (“a no-good ...

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

Jun 28, 2014

Italy honors artists with inspirational memorials

by Christopher Sullivan

For the painters, musicians, sculptors and writers who have inspired this art-loving country for centuries, their works are the truest memorials, whether concertos of Antonio Vivaldi still regularly performed in the Venice church where he served as violin master or Michelangelo’s masterpieces that pack ...

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

Jun 25, 2014

Disabled artists carving out niche in Japan

by Makoto Sekiya

A growing number of people with disabilities are winning recognition artistically and commercially as their works of art and design find their way into more galleries and shops. Last November, the Hikarie shopping mall in Shibuya held an exhibition and sale of artworks produced ...