Japan's TOP museum sees the big picture

Sep 6, 2016

Japan's TOP museum sees the big picture

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After being closed for two years for major renovations, Tokyo’s best-known photography museum in Tokyo’s fashionable Ebisu neighborhood reopened on Sept. 3, just in time to celebrate its 20-year anniversary. The venerable facility now boasts a new look, improved exhibition spaces and a new ...

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we still feel fine

Sep 6, 2016

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we still feel fine

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “Lost Human Genetic Archive,” the inaugural exhibition for the reopening of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (now the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum), is an erudite and elaborate exercise in gallows humor. The theme is the end of civilization and human life, ...

'Hiroshi Sugimoto: Lost Human Genetic Archive'

Aug 30, 2016

'Hiroshi Sugimoto: Lost Human Genetic Archive'

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Sept. 3-Nov. 13 For the opening exhibition of the rebranded Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (formerly the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), acclaimed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto asks us to reflect on our way of life and how it affects the environment. The New York-based ...

Hiroshi Sugimoto: On the Beach

Jan 24, 2015

Hiroshi Sugimoto: On the Beach

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Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photography is mesmerizing partly because of its other-worldly perfection — his black-and-white prints are flawless. On its own, however, this isn’t enough to justify the significance of his work in the contemporary art scene. His deadpan images of animal dioramas, waxwork figures ...

A modern annex for an old favorite

Nov 28, 2014

A modern annex for an old favorite

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I always feel a little inadequate arriving at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, shambling up its gravel drive in my slovenly journalist garb and running one hand over my face to check if I’ve shaved that day. It’s such an elegant venue that ...

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

Oct 23, 2013

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

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Japanese photographer/artist Hiroshi Sugimoto is inescapable in Paris just now, with posters all over the Metro for his “Accelerated Buddha” exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and “Sugimoto Bunraku: Sonezaki Shinju” (“The Love Suicides at Sonezaki”) at the Théâtre de la Ville ...