Erik Satie: A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

Art Aug 18, 2015

Erik Satie: A 'gymnopedist' ahead of his time

Erik Satie (1866-1925) said and did a lot of memorable things, many remarkably outlandish. Brilliant and bonkers, he composed works that range from cabaret ditties to a "symphonic drama," from light music for educating children to complex parodies of the masters. And who can ...

'Beauty of the Spirits': What lurks behind masks of mankind

Art Jun 9, 2015

'Beauty of the Spirits': What lurks behind masks of mankind

"Masks: Beauty of the Spirits" comes from the Musee du Quai Branly, an institution that former President Jacque Chirac spearheaded toward the end of his long reign. Opened in 2006 to both fanfare and controversy, the Paris museum's stated mission is to celebrate the ...

A personal invite to Planet Gondry

Art Nov 20, 2014

A personal invite to Planet Gondry

By coincidence, two tributes to baby-boomer auteurs are currently on display in Tokyo. There are intersecting points: Both Tim Burton and Michel Gondry share a love of surreal visuals, stop-motion animation and slightly dark humor. The two exhibitions are, however, decidedly different beasties. While "The World ...

Art Dec 24, 2010

'Snapshots Cast Their Spell'; 'Radiant Moments: The New Snapshot'

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography Closes Feb. 6 The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography has chosen to link two concurrent shows by using the word "snapshot" in both titles; appropriately, the curatorial intent is a bit blurry and underdeveloped. Yes, many of the works embody spontaneity ...

Man Ray: The bright ideas of an original

Art Aug 13, 2010

Man Ray: The bright ideas of an original

"Unconcerned but Not Indifferent" reads the gravestone epitaph of American-born artist Man Ray, who was buried in his adopted hometown, Montparnasse, Paris. The same phrase is used for the title of an exhibition of the enigmatic artist now showing at the National Art Center, ...