Big impressions live in the details

Feb 28, 2017

Big impressions live in the details

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Distracted by the frenzy of today’s hyper-connected world, many of us can easily overlook the everyday incidents that encourage smiles or offer simple affirmations of life being lived. The India-born artist N.S. Harsha, however, thrives on such observations. As his solo exhibition at the ...

'N.S. Harsha: Charming Journey'

/ Jan 31, 2017

'N.S. Harsha: Charming Journey'

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Feb. 4-June 11 As one of India’s leading contemporary artists, N.S. Harsha is well known not only for his participation in international exhibitions, but also for his contribution to local communities through creative projects and workshops for children across the world. Harsha’s works depict ...

An exhibition of things that make you go 'hmm'

Apr 12, 2016

An exhibition of things that make you go 'hmm'

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The subtitle of the Mori Art Museum’s triennial “Roppongi Crossing” exhibition three years ago was “Out of Doubt.” This year it’s “My Body, Your Voice.” In 2013, the group show was inflected by the destruction caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

'Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats'

/ Nov 3, 2015

'Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats'

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Oct. 31-March 6 The Mori Art Museum is holding a special solo exhibition of contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. It has been 14 years since Murakami’s last large-scale exhibition in Japan, though he has been continually internationally praised, working on giant installations at prestigious venues, ...

Dinh Q. Le's art of nuanced criticism

Aug 4, 2015

Dinh Q. Le's art of nuanced criticism

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Dinh Q. Le says he’s not angry about the American war in Vietnam anymore. This makes our interview a lot easier; we are both of Vietnamese descent and there is a chance that talking about the war could polarize us very quickly, even though ...

'Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty'

/ Apr 21, 2015

'Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty'

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April 25-July 5 In 19th and early 20th-century Europe, advances in the fields of mathematics, mechanical engineering, biology, geology and archaeology brought about a new appreciation of “simple forms,” which led to notable influences on modern art. This exhibition — a collection of works ...

Lee Mingwei likes getting to know you

Oct 23, 2014

Lee Mingwei likes getting to know you

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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

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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

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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 ...

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

Jan 30, 2014

Fifteen minutes . . . and counting

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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 ...