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‘Tsuyoshi Ozawa Imperfection: Parallel Art History’

CHIBA CITY MUSEUM OF ART

by Yukari Tanaka

Jan. 6-Feb. 25

The witty and humorous photography of Tsuyoshi Ozawa is inspired by his everyday observations and knowledge of art history. For this large-scale solo exhibition, Ozawa’s more recent installations evoke Japanese art history and focuses on plaster figures and plaster-figure dessin (sketching), an art-teaching method that was introduced to Japan from Europe during the early Meiji Era (1868-1912) and still plays an important role in education today.

This exhibition also highlights the eccentricity Ozawa perceives in Japanese art history with works such as “Museum of Soy Sauce Art” (1999), a series in which famous artworks have been recreated in soy sauce under the fictitious theory that the condiment was once used as an art supply.

Chiba City Museum of Art; 3-10-8 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba. Chiba Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,200. Closed every 1st Mon. 043-221-2311; www.ccma-net.jp