'Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia'

Jul 7, 2015

'Oscar Niemeyer: The Man Who Built Brasilia'

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July 18-Oct.12. Even before he could hold a pencil, Oscar Niemeyer was drawing in the air with his fingers. His talent blossomed decades later and he became a renowned architect, receiving international acclaim in 1941 for the Pampulha Architectural Complex in the Brazilian city ...

The flickering of Japan's contemporary art

Mar 5, 2015

The flickering of Japan's contemporary art

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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

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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'

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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

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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

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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 ...