Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

Nov 10, 2015

Seduced by the Undercover labyrinth

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It’s undeniable that when designer Jun Takahashi founded Undercover — which celebrates its 25th anniversary with its first retrospective at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery — he was strongly influenced by the pioneers of deconstruction fashion Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. His first few ...

Pure landscape photography

Sep 8, 2015

Pure landscape photography

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The exhibition “Stream of Consciousness” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is an extremely successful representation of contemporary Japanese photographic art. It combines some of the salient aspects of Japanese culture with the aesthetically formal, yet emotive imagery that is indicative of what gives ...

Japanese collectors take a conceptual turn

Sep 4, 2013

Japanese collectors take a conceptual turn

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Echoing the choice of Koki Tanaka — a conceptual artist — for the Japanese pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale this year, “Why Not Live For Art? II: 9 collectors reveal their treasures” at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery suggests that art collecting in ...

The humor of candid camera

May 23, 2013

The humor of candid camera

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With the advent of the digital camera, mobile phones and social networking, the world is now drowning in photographic imagery. This raises the question: Can photography survive as an art form in a world where it is ubiquitous? The exhibition of work by Kayo ...