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Calum Sutherland
For Calum Sutherland's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
May 31, 2016
Looking back on Cy Twombly
For "Cy Twombly Photographs: Lyrical Variations" Chiba Prefecture's Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art brings together exactly 100 photographs, chronologically arranged to span the length of the artist's career. A selection of prints, paintings and sculptures are also being shown, to be reconsidered in light of the photographs.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Apr 5, 2016
Richard Aldrich on the plurality of painting
Richard Aldrich's "Eight Paintings" is his third solo exhibition with Misako & Rosen, but his first in their current exhibition space in Tokyo's Otsuka district. As the title suggests, it comprises eight small-scale works. It opens as his show "Time Stopped, Time Started" closes at Gladstone Gallery in New York and runs until the end of April.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Mar 15, 2016
Robert Morris and Kishio Suga's piece in conversation
There are just two installations in the exhibition "Robert Morris and Kishio Suga" at Blum & Poe's fifth-floor gallery in Harajuku: Morris' "Lead and Felt" and Suga's "Parameters of Space." However, there are a number of correspondences between these two artists that make their pairing engrossing and relevant.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Feb 9, 2016
Drawing on film to highlight hyperreality
"Following the other, one replaces him, exchanges lives, passions, wills, transforms oneself in the other's stead. It is perhaps the only way man can finally fulfill himself. An ironic way, but all the more certain."
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art
Jan 12, 2016
Gabriel Orozco: always ahead of the game
Gabriel Orozco has returned to Tokyo. Following his retrospective "Inner Circles" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in early 2015, "Visible Labor" at Rat Hole Gallery is a collection of new works that explore Orozco's classic themes of the city, transportation and games, revealing influences of his recent stay in Japan. The bright basement space plays host to toy Ferraris, go (strategy game) sets, Buddha imagery, geometric collages and dark wooden beams — making a city-themed board game of the main gallery.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on