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First Ikebukuro International Art Festival

Art Jul 20, 2006

First Ikebukuro International Art Festival

Ikebukuro Closes in 18 days For the last month, seven cutting-edge artists brought together by the UK-based Grizedale Arts have been re-enacting Akira Kurosawa's film "The Seven Samurai" in the rural hamlet of Toge, Nigata. The film was chosen because the artists see themselves as ...

Art Feb 16, 2006

"ART/ROOM -- Bedroom"

Art Front Gallery Closes in 13 days "Bedroom" is the third in a series of exhibitions showing art works alongside contemporary furniture from B&B Italia, BALS TOKYO and Luminabella. Co-ordinated by designer Tomoko Ikegai of ikg, the show capitalizes on the current popularity of design ...

Filling an emptiness with public play

Art Oct 13, 2005

Filling an emptiness with public play

Just before Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi died of pneumonia in 1988, he completed his final legacy, the master plan for Moerenuma Park north of Sapporo in Hokkaido. Seventeen years later, the 189-hectare park envisaged by Noguchi as one large sculpture was finally completed in ...

Communal individuals

Art Sep 29, 2005

Communal individuals

World-famous sculptor Antony Gormley has spent the last 25 years "infecting" public spaces with sculptures that transform viewers' imagination and challenge their preconceptions. In "Children's Field," a Gormley-inspired community art project produced by the American School in Japan (ASIJ) and A.R.T. (Artist Residence Tokyo), ...

Dolls' surreal influence

Art May 11, 2005

Dolls' surreal influence

Kachina dolls, embodying the beliefs, social structure and moral values of the Native American Hopi have fascinated and inspired artists for a century. Andre Breton, the founder of the surrealist movement, started collecting Kachinas in 1927 and established their place in the art world ...

A new world order in a school gym

Art Nov 17, 2004

A new world order in a school gym

British sculptor Antony Gormley (born in London in 1950) is one of the foremost sculptors of his generation. A winner of the Turner Prize in 1994, Gormley is a conceptual artist working in a physical medium: He revitalized the sculptural vocabulary of the human ...

An Eastern art show to rival Venice

Art Sep 29, 2004

An Eastern art show to rival Venice

On May 18, 1980, the city of Gwangju, South Korea, hit the headlines with an explosion of civilian dissent against the military junta that had seized power the day before. The junta's brutal crackdown culminated in the Gwangju Massacre of hundreds of students and ...

Kaleidoscope of colorful fashion

Art Sep 1, 2004

Kaleidoscope of colorful fashion

Viktor & Rolf are internationally renowned as the Gilbert and George of the fashion world for presenting conceptual work as sophisticated art performances in haute couture and pret-a-porter shows. Take their installation of their Spring/Summer 1996 collection in a contemporary art gallery in Paris ...

Re-presenting the modern by any means

Art May 5, 2004

Re-presenting the modern by any means

"So what's modern art all about?" is a question I am often asked. It's about as easy to answer as "What is the meaning of life?" For a start, modern art can be categorized as a "historical" art movement, referring to the explosion of new ...

Sculptor who molded open-air art

Art Mar 24, 2004

Sculptor who molded open-air art

I have been a professional sculptor for 20 years, and in that time Henry Moore has toppled from the pedestal I put him on when I was 14 and first saw his "Helmet Head" series of bronze sculptures on display in my home city ...