If you're going to see big cartoon characters in an art gallery, the Mori Art Museum (MAM) is a good place to do it. The museum's voluminous spaces lend themselves well to visually dramatic works that catch your attention in a flash before taking you ...
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The banner image for "Vibe," the seventh edition of the Kyotographie International Photography Festival, is Scotsman Albert Watson's sepia-tinted portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto, which was used for the musician's 1989 album "Beauty." It's an outrageously self-indulgent image, but so gorgeous, and the album itself ...
As Hong Kong continues to rise as a hub of Asian contemporary art, Art Basel Hong Kong introduces a clutch of Japanese artists with plenty to say.
One of Japan's top art directors brings together the mischievous, the comical and the jokers for an exhibition to prove "Humor is the heart of communication."
From the Olympics to English education, sociology professor Ogasawara has plenty to say about the state of Japan today.
The National Museum of Western Art's survey of Le Corbusier is a revealing origins story that suggests his architectural creative vision may have had its roots in painting.
As comment on the gaming industry, and by extrapolation, the human condition, "In a Gamescape" at the NTT Intercommunication Center at times pretty merciless. But visitors should still play it out.
The exploration of the subject of ruins — their romanticization and fantasization — raises questions about the relationship between art, beauty and disaster.
This year saw a lot of anniversaries in Japan. It was 1868 when Crown Prince Mutsuhito became the Emperor Meiji, the official policy of national isolation ended and the country was set on a course to become a modern industrialized nation-state. This birthday seems ...
"Les Mains Sans Sommeil" is an ode to handiwork by Hermes artists-in-residence, whose experimental textile works wrestle with beauty and desire in surprising ways.