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Ming Wong re-casts classics to reveal our roles in modern society

Art Jul 7, 2011

Ming Wong re-casts classics to reveal our roles in modern society

Brightly colored billboards, draped curtains and theater seats have transformed the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, into a cinematic space. But there are no feature films being screened here — this is Singaporean artist Ming Wong's first solo show in Japan. "Life ...

"Anything But"

Art Jun 30, 2011

"Anything But"

The Container Closes Aug. 29 On preparing to view the new solo show of American artist LG Williams/Estate of LG Williams — whose most recent activities include an attempt to sell the U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion to help pay off U.S. debt, turning a closed ...

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: ahead of his time

Art Jun 9, 2011

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: ahead of his time

The profound influence of the Bauhaus School, which included training in crafts and fine arts, is inestimable. Over a 14-year period, its innovative methods, utilitarian philosophy and utopian social vision transformed art, architecture and design for the modern age. Established in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, ...

'What's Going on in Your Head When You're Dancing'

Art | ART BRIEF Sep 10, 2010

'What's Going on in Your Head When You're Dancing'

Laforet Museum Harajuku Closes Sept. 15 A garden shed took center stage on Aug. 25, the opening day of Karl Hyde's debut solo exhibition at Laforet Museum in Harajuku, Tokyo. The British artist and musician, best known as one half of the influential electronic music group ...

Contemporary works created in loving memory of the 'now'

Art May 28, 2010

Contemporary works created in loving memory of the 'now'

"Memory does not belong to the past; it is the continuous present and future." Artist Kimio Tsuchiya's words speak volumes about "Plastic Memories — to illuminate 'now,' " currently showing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. Her work "Fragments of the Moon" (2004) ...

"Wilhelm Sasnal: 16 mm films"

Art | ART BRIEF Apr 23, 2010

"Wilhelm Sasnal: 16 mm films"

Rat Hole GalleryCloses June 6 A snowman on fire, women dancing on a car and the chopped-off roof of a vehicle used as a skate ramp are just some of the countless startling images encountered in the "16 mm films" exhibition of Wilhelm Sasnal. Presented ...

"Native Land"

Art | ART BRIEF Apr 9, 2010

"Native Land"

Scai the BathhouseCloses April 17 Through film, video and photography, Apichatpong Weerasethakul transcends the boundaries between artist and filmmaker. The receiver of numerous awards, including two prizes from the Cannes Film Festival as a feature film director, his work can be seen in art exhibitions ...