Ashley Rawlings

For Ashley Rawlings's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Indecisive moments

Art Aug 28, 2008

Indecisive moments

Henri Cartier-Bresson's legacy of the "decisive moment" had a profound impact on photography. As a cofounder of the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos in 1947, his philosophy influenced a whole generation of photojournalists, and, for decades, Magnum photographers were instrumental in constructing the popular impression ...

Julian Opie: Great rooms, blank faces

Art Jul 24, 2008

Julian Opie: Great rooms, blank faces

Julian Opie's work is about signals. In his portraits, a pair of dots signals the eyes, a single line signals the mouth — his imagery is a distillation of reality that presents you only with the essential elements needed for your brain to fill ...

The individuals come together

Art Feb 7, 2008

The individuals come together

As is befitting of an exhibition of a corporate art collection at Tokyo's premier corporate gallery space, the Mori Art Museum has decked itself out in office chic: cool, understated spaces that feature the height of contemporary art to tickle the tired mind. Like ...

Art Jan 31, 2008

New Shirokane art complex

New Shirokane art complex 3-1-15 Shirokane, Minato-ku, Tokyo Last Saturday, three of Tokyo's city's major galleries — Kodama Gallery, Yamamoto Gendai and Takahashi Collection — moved into a nondescript building in Shirokane, putting this high-class residential neighborhood on the art map for the first time. ...

Photography now

Art May 31, 2007

Photography now

The borderline between photojournalism and travel photography is hard to define. Put cynically, travel photographers are merely wandering through the less dangerous parts of the world, photographing obvious beauty — Indian weddings, devoted Muslim worshippers and so on. Such works do little more than ...

"From Alps Architecture to Katsura Detached Palace"

Art May 17, 2007

"From Alps Architecture to Katsura Detached Palace"

Watari Museum of Contemporary Art Closes in 11 days Integrating architecture with the environment was a fundamental concern for German architect Bruno Taut (1880-1938), who was influenced by the Utopian ideals of the early 20th century Garden City movement. Famous for his Glass Pavilion ...

Artists go global in Sendai

Art Dec 14, 2006

Artists go global in Sendai

The 2006 Australia-Japan Year of Exchange has featured more than 800 events in the two countries. One of the highest profile exhibitions was "Rapt! 20 Contemporary Artists from Japan," a program of events that took seven Japanese artists to Australia for residencies in cities ...

Leon Golub

Art Nov 16, 2006

Leon Golub

Wako Works of Art Closes in 36 days American painter Leon Golub (1922-2004) explored the universal theme of human suffering common to all conflicts, regardless of where they take place, with his unsparing depictions of war and torture. As a cartographer stationed in Europe during World ...

"Smile/Cry * Now/Later"

Art Jul 20, 2006

"Smile/Cry * Now/Later"

Nakaochiai Gallery Closes in 9 days The Internet has given life to an intriguing snapshot of art across three different generations from three corners of the Pacific. The artists taking part in a new exhibition at the Nakaochiai Gallery (www.nakaochiaigallery.com) have never met each other or ...