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For D.H. Rosen's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Who says an art work must exist?

Jan 30, 2009

Who says an art work must exist?

Like precious gems, Aiko Miyanaga's crystalline sculptures reflect light and shine with a brilliance that beguiles the viewer. But while diamonds are forever, Miyanaga's carefully crafted forms are not long for this world. In fact, some of her pieces are gone before her exhibitions ...

'Kunst Oktoberfest'

Oct 16, 2008

'Kunst Oktoberfest'

Central Tokyo "An exciting ART + BEER festival has been planned by 16 participating galleries located in the central part of Tokyo," read the description of the "Kunst Oktoberfest" event that took place earlier this month. That was more than enough to pique my interest, ...

Culture observed by an art of glass

/ Dec 14, 2007

Culture observed by an art of glass

All of us go through life with our own set of personal "filters" — emotional baggage and cultural biases that color the way we see the world. This is the theme of the exhibition "Culture Filters." For most people these filters remain invisible and unexplored, ...

'Kenjiro Kitade: Kitade Art'

Nov 29, 2007

"Kenjiro Kitade: Kitade Art"

hpgrp Gallery, Omotesando Closes on Dec. 9 The best artwork challenges us to look at the world in a new or different light, or perhaps to face harsh truths that elude us otherwise. Kenjiro Kitade's ceramic sculpture does just that, painting a rather bleak picture ...

DanDans meets Coco Chanel

Aug 2, 2007

DanDans meets Coco Chanel

Artists' lives are seldom easy, but the reality they face in Japan can be particularly daunting. Government or social support is practically unheard of, and simply finding a space to show work can present a financial nightmare. With Tokyo's most coveted gallery spaces commanding ...

From a whim to pottery passion

Jul 12, 2007

From a whim to pottery passion

Masayuki Inoue's repertoire includes sky-high monoliths and massive sculptures that span several meters. Many of these monumental works are held together by metal bolts and industrial adhesive, which in itself is not particularly unusual in the world of contemporary art. But here's the twist: ...

Parodies in pottery

May 17, 2007

Parodies in pottery

At first glance, the colorful, classically shaped vase adorned with flower prints and pictures of doll-like young girls seems harmless enough. It's the second look that throws you. A step toward the enormous vessel reveals a much less wholesome scene of young children wielding weapons, ...

Clay captures the motion of organic forms

Jun 29, 2006

Clay captures the motion of organic forms

Seeming to peer out the window of the gallery is a brightly colored red and blue polka-dot blob. For a moment the amorphous shape looks like it is slowly crawling up the wall, till further inspection suggests that the piece is actually still -- ...

Writing a challenge in clay for his proteges

May 25, 2006

Writing a challenge in clay for his proteges

When asked "What kind of ware do you make?," ceramic artist Kimpei Nakamura's tongue-in-cheek response is "Tokyo yaki (Tokyo Ware)." It's a label of his own invention that pokes fun at the traditional system of classifying ceramics by their ties to ancient kiln sites ...