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Kyotographie 2019: It's in the space

Art Apr 18, 2019

Kyotographie 2019: It's in the space

by John L. Tran

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 ...

The rise, fall and resurrection of Kyosai

Art Apr 16, 2019

The rise, fall and resurrection of Kyosai

by Matthew Larking

An overachieving infant, Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-89) sketched at age 3, studied ukiyo-e from 7 and joined a branch of the Kano school of painting at 10. He offended officials, was shunned as an ex-convict, applauded by Josiah Conder and then forgotten after WWII. Now, ...

'Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 16, 2019

'Tom Sachs: Tea Ceremony'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 20-June 23 Based in New York, Tom Sachs is best-known for his "readymade" reinterpretations of everyday objects and iconic pop culture into satirical art. Despite his humorous and at times critical commentary, he has been acclaimed by international brands, including Prada, whose shoe boxes ...

'PGI 40th Anniversary Exhibition'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 16, 2019

'PGI 40th Anniversary Exhibition'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 19-May 25 On April 5, the Photo Gallery International (PGI), which specializes in showcasing original works by renowned and up-and-coming photographers from all around the globe, celebrated its 40th anniversary. Reflecting on the past 40 years of exhibitions, this anniversary presentation includes a focus on ...

'Points and Lines, Color, Shape: Art of Shimane'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Apr 16, 2019

'Points and Lines, Color, Shape: Art of Shimane'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 20-June 24 The Iwami Art Museum's collection of acquisitions ranges from ancient objects to contemporary artworks, including paintings, crafts, sculpture, photography, video, fashion magazines, clothing and accessories from across the world. To complement its works celebrating the traditions and cultural properties of Shimane Prefecture, the ...

Weaving in and out of a century of art

Art Apr 9, 2019

Weaving in and out of a century of art

by Claire Williamson

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo's re-opening exhibition is an ambitious exploration of an entire century's worth of art that runs through the majority of the museum building and spans four floors. Allow yourself ample time to make your way through it.

'Bizen Swords: The Flower of Japanese Swords'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 9, 2019

'Bizen Swords: The Flower of Japanese Swords'

by Yukari Tanaka

April 13-June 2 Bizen Province, now the southwest area of Okayama, was once known as the sword kingdom. Possessing talented bladesmiths and nearby high-quality raw materials accessible by water transportation, Bizen produced the most swords in Japan during the Heian Period (794-1185), beating Yamashiro, Yamato, Sagami ...