The flickering of Japan's contemporary art

Mar 5, 2015

The flickering of Japan's contemporary art

by C.B. Liddell

Art used to be about what you could see, but now, thanks to a more “conceptual” approach, it is often about what cannot be seen. Except the artist still has to demonstrate in some way what it is that can’t be seen — in ...

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 ...

'Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles'

Jan 22, 2015

'Gabriel Orozco: Inner Cycles'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

To kick start their 20th anniversary year, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is showcasing the work of Mexico-born contemporary artist Gabriel Orozco as one of their three special exhibitions opening this week. This will be Orozco’s first solo exhibition in Japan. Based in ...

Contemporary art is not lost in space

Jul 18, 2014

Contemporary art is not lost in space

by John L. Tran

While space art is a relatively small field — in which works that have actually been created in space is an even smaller subset — it can only become more commonplace as costs fall and the private sector promises to open up space travel ...

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 ...

Cyber Arts Japan: As interactive as they want to be

Feb 12, 2010

Cyber Arts Japan: As interactive as they want to be

by Mark Thompson

“What are silk screen prints doing in a show of media art?” This was the first question thrown at curator Tomoe Moriyama at the opening-day press conference for “Cyber Arts Japan,” currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. It came from a ...