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Tadanori Yokoo: From the shadows within

Art Jun 25, 2019

Tadanori Yokoo: From the shadows within

by John L. Tran

The blotchy, salty self-portrait that confronts you as you enter Tadanori Yokoo's exhibition of recent work "B29 and Homeland: From My Childhood to Andy Warhol" (2018) has a hangman's noose in the top left corner. This recalls one of the artist's most renowned works, ...

'Heisei Graphics'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Jun 25, 2019

'Heisei Graphics'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 29-Aug. 17 The Heisei Era (1989-2019), one of Japan's longest eras, saw society undergo drastic changes, economically, politically and culturally. The world of art also saw an evolution in graphic design, a field associated with advertising, new popular culture, the spread of information and societal ...

Embracing life and death at Reborn-Art Festival

Art Jun 20, 2019

Embracing life and death at Reborn-Art Festival

by Alyssa I. Smith

The date March 11, 2011, carries a lot of weight in Japan. When the magnitude 9 Great East Japan Earthquake rocked the Tohoku region in the northeast of the country, it devastated the landscape and altered the lives of residents. And now, eight years ...

The Osakan artists who bucked the system

Art Jun 11, 2019

The Osakan artists who bucked the system

by Matthew Larking

Osakan paintings have conventionally emphasized regional traits of humor, boisterousness and fun. "Do You Know Osaka Painting Circles" at the Shokado Garden Art Museum, however, reminds viewers of its farther flung painting traditions.

'Ikat Textiles From the World'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 11, 2019

'Ikat Textiles From the World'

by Yukari Tanaka

June 14-Sept. 10 Across the world, ikat, resist-dyeing yarn before it is woven into a fabric, is one of the most practiced techniques of patterning textiles. There are three ways to produce ikat: warp ikat — dyeing lengthwise yarn; weft ikat — dyeing transverse yarn; ...