Thomas Ruff: in the grand scheme of things

Oct 11, 2016

Thomas Ruff: in the grand scheme of things

by

Thomas Ruff is one of the key figures of photography in the postmodern era, and his retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, will probably already be pencilled into your calendar if you have any interest in contemporary art. His work, along with ...

'Thomas Ruff'

Aug 16, 2016

'Thomas Ruff'

by

Aug. 30-Nov. 13 Portraiture is much more than simply capturing smiles. Dusseldorf-based contemporary photographer Thomas Ruff’s giant, deliberately expressionless photos truly embody this sentiment. As Ruff’s first full retrospective in Japan, the exhibition showcases 125 works, drawn from 18 series, including his early work ...

'Onchi Koshiro'

Jan 5, 2016

'Onchi Koshiro'

by

Jan. 13-Feb. 28 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is hosting a special exhibition of works by Koshiro Onchi (1891-1955), an artist known in Japan as the father of abstract paintings and a pioneer of the contemporary woodblock print. Many recognize his 1915 ...

Things that changed photography

Jul 28, 2015

Things that changed photography

by

In the late 1960s, the mono-ha (school of things) movement arose from the Japanese art-school scene, with the Korean-born artist Lee Ufan — who went from the philosophy department at Nihon University to teaching at Tama Art University — as its most renowned proponent. ...

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

Dec 25, 2013

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

by

Japan occupies an odd niche in the art world. Its own indigenous artistic traditions are balanced against an almost fanboy fascination with certain aspects of the canon of Western art, while there is an often half-hearted attempt to stay plugged into the global contemporary ...

'Josef Koudelka Retrospective'

Nov 6, 2013

'Josef Koudelka Retrospective'

by

Josef Koudelka is one of today’s most well-respected photographers, known especially for the gritty and authentic depictions of everyday life in his two series documenting underprivileged classes: “Gypsies” and “Exiles.” His career began in Czechoslovakia during the 1960s, when he first gained attention for ...

<em>Nihonga</em>: without the hand over the eye

Sep 18, 2013

Nihonga: without the hand over the eye

by

At its essential level, art is a battle between the eye and the hand; the first representing sensory input, the second artistic habit and convention. When the hand outweighs the eye, art can become over-stylized, clichéd, and eventually dead. Asian art has been particularly ...

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

Jul 10, 2013

Surveying the city from a different viewpoint

by

Beside Stephan Balkenhol’s sculpture “Big Head with Three Part Relief” a note reads, “Nothing here is as it should be.” This figureless “head” set against a black void represents “Mr. Everyman,” that common figure, detached from his surround and considering his place in the ...