Gabriel Orozco's connections with Japan

Feb 26, 2015

Gabriel Orozco's connections with Japan

by John L. Tran

The photographer and I have been waiting for about half an hour to interview Gabriel Orozco. It’s a little disappointing, but that’s OK. Orozco has famously made disappointment part of his creative practice. While waiting we chat about how much we have been impressed ...

There's method in artistic 'madness'

Jan 8, 2015

There's method in artistic 'madness'

by C.B. Liddell

Jiro Takamatsu is not easy to understand. He was an idiosyncratic avant-garde artist who worked with a variety of materials to create arcane art that expressed philosophical ideas. This is immediately off-putting to some and intriguing to others. However, the exhibition “Takamatsu Jiro: Mysteries” ...

Designs on Japan's student potential

Jul 25, 2014

Designs on Japan's student potential

by Samuel Thomas

Shining a light on Japan's student talent pool is Gakuten, a new event from the group responsible for the Design Festa biannual international art fair. There's only one requirement of Gakuten participants — that they be enrolled in an educational institution.

'Go-Betweens: The World Seen Through Children'

May 28, 2014

'Go-Betweens: The World Seen Through Children'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

A pioneer of social-documentary photojournalism, Danish American social reformer Jacob Riis (1849-1914) used photography to help reveal the plight of impoverished immigrants in New York during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He used the term “go-betweens” to describe the children of the ...

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, ...