Art on the brink of fragmentation

Apr 9, 2014

Art on the brink of fragmentation

by C.B. Liddell

You can’t go wrong by calling a show “Fragments,” as the curators of this year’s “MOT Annual” exhibition have done. With a name like that, whatever bits and pieces visitors encounter at the annual group show of Tokyo’s Museum of Contemporary Art, they can’t ...

Darren Almond: All things pass

Jan 8, 2014

Darren Almond: All things pass

by James Jack

A wall of 450 flip-clocks all display 15:26 in the entryway to “Second Thoughts” at Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito. Seconds pass … CLICK, all synchronized to the minute. The sound of 15:27 is so overwhelming it’s surprising to see only one digit ...

'16th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition'

Dec 18, 2013

'16th Domani: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition'

by Marie Omata

This is the 16th annual show of up-and-coming Japanese artists who have studied on the Overseas Study Program for Artists, funded by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. This program has offered young, promising artists in all genres overseas opportunities since 1967, and the “Domani” ...

Find art contained at affordable prices

Dec 12, 2013

Find art contained at affordable prices

by Mio Yamada

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 ...

Trapped by human society

Dec 4, 2013

Trapped by human society

by Matthew Larking

Osaka-born Tetsumi Kudo’s oeuvre has been the subject of a number of major international retrospectives since his death in 1990, and these indicate the artist’s increasing postwar historical significance. The current National Museum of Art, Osaka retrospective is magisterial. With more than 600 pages, ...

'Darren Almond  Second Thoughts'

Nov 13, 2013

'Darren Almond Second Thoughts'

by Jordan Sievers

London-based artist Darren Almond’s work covers a broad spectrum of mediums, including video, painting, photography and installation. His pieces are visually stimulating and invite viewers to think about the relationship between the scientific concept of time and how humans actually perceive it. His work ...

The effervescence of artist He Xiangyu

Oct 30, 2013

The effervescence of artist He Xiangyu

by James Jack

He Xiangyu is a conceptualist with a clear vision of the world as a philosophical playground. The critical language employed in his artworks quotes from global consumerism, Americanism and militarism, emphasizing the power of infinitesimal change. He uses the shape of a leaf to ...

Missing the light at 'Roppongi Crossing'

Oct 16, 2013

Missing the light at 'Roppongi Crossing'

by C.B. Liddell

I’ve always thought that the “Roppongi Crossing” exhibitions try too hard. They take themselves too seriously and usually end up missing the point. Held every three years at the Mori Art Museum, the shows bring together heavily curated selections of contemporary art in an ...

'Art Brut Japonais'

Sep 25, 2013

'Art Brut Japonais'

by Jordan Sievers

This exhibition already won high praise at its initial 2010-11 showing in Paris. Art brut, like outsider art, refers to creations by those who typically lack any traditional or extensive artistic training, though it more specifically refers to those using art as some form ...