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 ...

The flickering of Japan's contemporary art

Mar 5, 2015

The flickering of Japan's contemporary art

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Art used to be about what you could see, but now, thanks to a more “conceptual” approach, it is often about what cannot be seen. Except the artist still has to demonstrate in some way what it is that can’t be seen — in ...

Kunisaki Art Festival shows works worth the hike

Oct 30, 2014

Kunisaki Art Festival shows works worth the hike

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To visit Antony Gormley’s “Another Time” — a life-sized iron figure which looks eastward across Oita Prefecture’s Sento district of Kunisaki from atop a mountain ledge — is a breathtaking experience. Not just because it’s a stong piece of art or that the location ...

Blum & Poe gets closer to its artists

Sep 18, 2014

Blum & Poe gets closer to its artists

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Some people just can’t help liking Japan. That’s the message one gets from the effervescent Tim Blum and his only slightly more taciturn partner Jeff Poe, co-owners of the Los Angeles-based Blum & Poe art gallery, which this week takes the bold step of ...

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

Jun 25, 2014

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

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Perhaps in the wake of this attack on seriousness, many artists have since taken refuge in childishness, whimsy or playfulness, though these values have been carefully rationed in "Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children," with the emphasis being more on showing childhood as a ...

Yokohama's French connection

Jun 19, 2014

Yokohama's French connection

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Around 150 years ago, silk traders from Lyon in France went all the way to Yokohama to buy silkworm eggs that they heard could resist an epidemic disease that was ravaging the French silk industry. Since then, the two cities have built a strong ...