"French Poetry and Prints"

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 24, 2011

"French Poetry and Prints"

Nineteenth-century French poete maudits (accursed poets — poets who lived outside or rebelled against society), such as Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud and Comte de Lautreamont, have inspired numerous artists of various eras. This exhibition showcases etchings and prints of 20th-century artists, including Maurice ...

Changing the climate of architecture

Art Jun 23, 2011

Changing the climate of architecture

Hokkaido-born architect Jun Igarashi seems to be a bit out of his comfort zone in the stultifying humidity of Tokyo. As he chats in the Toto Gallery, where he is holding his first solo exhibition, he explains that he's accustomed to the cooler and ...

"SYNTHESIS"

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 17, 2011

"SYNTHESIS"

"Synthesis" is conceptual artist Kohei Nawa's first large-scale solo exhibition. Recently, Nawa's work has been gaining attention both in Japan and overseas. His Sandwich studio in Kyoto, an old sandwich factory that has been renovated into an art studio, has also become well-known for ...

"BEYOND"

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 10, 2011

"BEYOND"

A group exhibition by Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Kohei Nawa, Jeppen Hein, Kounosuke Kawakami, Brian Alfred and Atsushi Saga, this show has brought together an eclectic group of artists with a diverse range of styles. Though the venue of the exhibition is limited in space, "Beyond" manages ...

Portrait of an artist or photographer?

Art Jun 9, 2011

Portrait of an artist or photographer?

For Takashi Homma, being a contemporary photographer is very different from being a photographer. "Most Japanese people don't understand what contemporary photography is," he says, explaining how he thinks photography comes with preconceptions that have kept it rigid as a medium. His first solo exhibition, ...

"The Face Is The Universe"

Art / Openings In Tokyo May 27, 2011

"The Face Is The Universe"

Taro Okamoto's avant-garde works have recently received a lot of attention. There have been a number of exhibitions celebrating the centenary of the artist's birth, and just after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, his famous mural "Myth of Tomorrow," displayed at Shibuya Station, received ...

Nobuyoshi Araki moves on to the past

Art May 26, 2011

Nobuyoshi Araki moves on to the past

Since Nobuyoshi Araki lost his beloved cat Chiro a year ago, he made a point of taking photographs on a daily basis. He took shots of naked women in kimono, of the sky, of Tokyo on the day of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake ...