Swedish roots in Japan's taxonomy

Art Aug 7, 2018

Swedish roots in Japan's taxonomy

While Japan's historical sakoku period of isolation may have limited any contact it had with Sweden what did transpire between the two nations is of historical, scientific and artistic importance.

Bertrand Lavier's 'Medley' blows hot and cold

Art Jul 31, 2018

Bertrand Lavier's 'Medley' blows hot and cold

Bertrand Lavier seems to relish messing with our cognitive dissonance. As the self-taught artist, who originally studied horticulture, put it in a 2016 interview, "Art is a matter of paradoxes on nearly every level."

Tokyo art space battles against the current

Art Jul 15, 2018

Tokyo art space battles against the current

Repurposing old buildings to show art is becoming increasingly mainstream in Japan, but the route by which Koichiro Osaka ended up creating the Asakusa gallery has been circuitous, and an odd mix of chance and determination.

Bridget Riley: The art world's illusionist

Art Jun 19, 2018

Bridget Riley: The art world's illusionist

A very concise review of the Bridget Riley exhibition at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, would be this: Barring those who are prone to motion sickness, go and see it. This applies equally to predisposed art buffs who already know and appreciate ...

Noritaka Minami's city of broken dreams

Art May 15, 2018

Noritaka Minami's city of broken dreams

Noritaka Minami's aerial photographs of the failed urban project of California City in the Mojave Desert are quietly devastating. Purposefully using high-ISO film that shows grain even at low enlargement, his images of a planned city — mostly a network of uninhabited roads — ...

The Spanish Golden Age of earthy realism

Art May 1, 2018

The Spanish Golden Age of earthy realism

"Velazquez and the Celebration of Painting: The Golden Age in the Museo Del Prado" celebrates 150 years of Japan-Spain diplomatic relations with an exploration of the authority of vision and humanity of the divine.

Michiko Kon: Mistress of the dark

Art Mar 27, 2018

Michiko Kon: Mistress of the dark

The abominable beauty of Michiko Kon's work is back. In the early 1990s Kon was one of the first female photographic artists from Japan to achieve widespread international recognition. Her work combined a shocking use of animal parts with meticulous technique in a way that ...