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For Lucy Birmingham's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

G-tokyo art fair hopes for another triumph

Art Feb 18, 2011

G-tokyo art fair hopes for another triumph

Although Tokyo is a major world city, its contemporary art scene lacks the allure of its peers. Japanese interest in contemporary art is growing, though, as evidenced by the record 50,000 visitors at last year's Art Fair Tokyo. However, sales remained at the 2009 ...

The 'plucky pioneer' of photojournalism

Art Sep 24, 2010

The 'plucky pioneer' of photojournalism

At 96, Tsuneko Sasamoto, Japan's first female photojournalist, remains a remarkable force of energy, creativity and inspiration. Dubbed a "plucky pioneer" and "the Annie Liebovitz of her day," Sasamoto has photographed some of Japan's greatest personalities and historical moments during her 70-year career. Though ...

Contemporary art helps revive a city

Art Aug 13, 2010

Contemporary art helps revive a city

For theater, dance and art fans in Japan, an unprecedented gourmet selection of performances and exhibitions — the inaugural Aichi Triennale 2010 — will kick off in Nagoya on Aug. 21, running until Oct. 31. Promoting cutting-edge and cross-genre concepts with an emphasis on ...

Setouchi: the art of island hopping

Art Aug 6, 2010

Setouchi: the art of island hopping

Japan's Seto Inland Sea, known for its breathtaking vistas and art-filled island of Naoshima, is the site for the inaugural Setouchi International Art Festival until October 31. Also titled as a "100-Day Art and Sea Adventure," about 78 Japanese and internationally recognized artists and ...

Who will bring home the Bacon this year?

Art Apr 2, 2010

Who will bring home the Bacon this year?

Francis Bacon will be participating in Art Fair Tokyo again this year — in spirit. No, not the renowned 16th-century British philosopher, or the famed Irish-born 20th-century figurative painter. But Francis Bacon, the kosher vegetarian, Budapest-born Irish Wolfhound, whose budding career as Tokyo's most ...

'Water, fire, earth'

Art | ART BRIEF Feb 5, 2010

'Water, fire, earth'

RBR Gallery Closes on Feb. 26 Looked down any holes lately? What you see is what you get, right? Not if it's a hole dug illegally in a closed park, in the middle of the night, under a full moon and by ...

The Italian art of making wine and painting

Art Nov 27, 2009

The Italian art of making wine and painting

Imagine the colors of a vast Tuscan vineyard drenched in a September sun — emerald green leaves, gnarled brown vines, deep purple grapes, shale earth, azure sky — an artist's inspiration for both palette and palate. For renowned Italian artist Sandro Chia, 63, these ...

Still photography: a new art market

Art Sep 4, 2009

Still photography: a new art market

Tokyo probably has more photo fans than any megalopolis on the planet, but strangely there's never been an international photography art fair here — until now. Tokyo Photo 2009, running Sept. 4-6, offers still photography artworks for sale from 12 Japan-based galleries, four from ...

A dream venue for new artists

Art Aug 21, 2009

A dream venue for new artists

"I'm still a housewife so its amazing that an amateur can do something like this," says DanDans founder and organizer Kazuko Aso, now presenting the contemporary art cooperative's fifth exhibition titled "A Midsummer Dream" until Aug. 30 at Chinzan-so in Mejiro, Tokyo. "Maybe it's ...