Lee Mingwei likes getting to know you

Oct 23, 2014

Lee Mingwei likes getting to know you

by John L. Tran

The secret to a good public relations interview? Switch on the voice recorder and ask questions — that is all you need to know. Except, of course, it’s not. Usually the interviewee has a particular image to maintain and the interviewer is looking for ...

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

Jun 25, 2014

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

by John L. Tran

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 ...

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

| Jun 6, 2014

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

by Danielle Demetriou

The art critic wanders purposefully around the gallery, passing instant, scathing judgment on the surrounding artworks. Full marks are allocated to a portrait photography collection, a hand-drawn anime on a screen and the coloring-in tables. But one definite no-no? A video installation in a ...

'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 ...

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

Jan 30, 2014

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

by Kevin Holden Platt

Across the ages, individuals standing at the peak of each society’s pyramid of power and fame have depended on artists to ensure their immortality: Khafre, pharaoh of Upper and Lower Egypt, conscripted an army of artisans to carve his likeness into the Great Sphinx ...

Jan 29, 2014

'Andy Warhol: 15 Minutes Eternal'

by Hanna Lange

When most people think of Pop Art, they visualize the colorful Marilyn Monroe portrait by Andy Warhol. But how many of us get the opportunity to see the original? As the largest Warhol exhibition ever to be presented in Japan, “15 Minutes Eternal” is ...

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 ...

'Roppongi Crossing 2013:  Out of Doubt'

Sep 18, 2013

'Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt'

by Jordan Sievers

Returning for a fourth time since its first installment in 2004, the “Roppongi Crossing” series of exhibitions aim to provide an extensive overview of the current contemporary Japanese art scene. For 2013, the state of modern Japanese art is explored through works influenced by ...

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

May 3, 2013

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

by Andrew Lee

Roppongi Hills was unlike anything Tokyo had ever seen before. Until it opened 10 years ago, Roppongi was more often seen as a "High Touch Town," where businessmen partied with foreign hostesses and off-duty soldiers packed the nightclubs.