Fujiwara wants the dirt to stick

Mar 8, 2016

Fujiwara wants the dirt to stick

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White often seems to be used in contemporary art in Japan as a kind of short cut to signify “beauty,” “purity” or “spirituality.” Simon Fujiwara’s show “White Day” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is, as the title suggests, overwhelmingly white, but it’s designed ...

'Mariko Mori: Cycloid'

Mar 8, 2016

'Mariko Mori: Cycloid'

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March 11-April 23 New York-based contemporary artist Mariko Mori made a name for herself during the 1990s, creating works such as “Play With Me,” which incorporated the Japanese otaku (obsessive fan) influences of anime and cosplay into art. Her recent works, however, are in ...

'Shiseido Art Egg 10'

Feb 2, 2016

'Shiseido Art Egg 10'

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Feb. 3-April 22 Since its establishment in 2006, the “Shiseido Art Egg” has been a set of annual solo shows for the finalists of a public-entry art competition. For its 10th anniversary, the exhibition is featuring the work of installation artist Yoi Kawakubo (Feb. ...

'The Contemporary 2: Who Interprets the World?'

Sep 15, 2015

'The Contemporary 2: Who Interprets the World?'

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Sept. 19-Dec. 13 Part of a series of exhibitions titled “The Contemporary,” ” Who Interprets the World?” is the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa’s autumn and winter edition. Showcasing pieces by contemporary artists from around the world, including Nigeria-based El Anatsui, Shilpa ...

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 ...

Art Fair Tokyo seeks to educate

Mar 12, 2015

Art Fair Tokyo seeks to educate

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Art Fair Tokyo, the city’s premier art showcase, is always a pleasure to experience, and I’m sure this year’s event, to be held March 20-22 at the Tokyo International Forum, will have much to offer. But part of the fun of following Art Fair ...