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Tokyo art space battles against the current

Jul 15, 2018

Tokyo art space battles against the current

by John L. Tran

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.

Collecting 'Akira,' one scene at a time

Jul 12, 2018

Collecting 'Akira,' one scene at a time

by Matt Schley

Joe Peacock vividly remembers the first time he saw "Akira," the influential sci-fi anime film that turns 30 this month. It was "a random Thursday night" in 1990. Peacock was a young teen; his father drove him to a screening of the film at the ...

Pure Land Buddhism and the art of photography

Jul 5, 2018

Pure Land Buddhism and the art of photography

by Katherine Whatley

Follow the Sumida River southwest from Asakusa and you'll soon reach Kuramae, an old working-class neighborhood filled with small factories, wholesale shops and temples. The area is changing, though, with single origin coffee roasters and stores selling imported pottery sprouting up next to mom-and-pop ...

Gordon Matta-Clark: Out of the rubble

Jul 3, 2018

Gordon Matta-Clark: Out of the rubble

by Katherine Whatley

It's New York in the 1970s. The optimism of '60s America has faded into cynicism and despair. The city is so broke that it's almost bankrupt. People are fleeing to the suburbs and industry New York is shutting down, leaving abandoned warehouses, homes and ...

Masatoshi Naito: 'The other face' of Japan

Jun 24, 2018

Masatoshi Naito: 'The other face' of Japan

by Martin Laflamme

When Masatoshi Naito first began researching Tohoku folklore, he expected to find places "haunted with a macabre atmosphere." Instead, he stumbled into a vivacious traditional society "filled with elderly women who throw boisterous bashes all night long."

Bridget Riley: The art world's illusionist

Jun 19, 2018

Bridget Riley: The art world's illusionist

by John L. Tran

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 ...