'The World of Red and White'

Art | ART BRIEF Dec 24, 2010

'The World of Red and White'

by Yuhei Wada

Hasegawa Machiko Museum Closes Feb. 13 If you were to ask a Japanese person to name a very popular anime titles, he or she would likely mention "Sazae-san," the amusing adventures of a ordinary Japanese family. While the TV program and the original comic-book series ...

'Daido Moriyama: Tsugaru'

Art | ART BRIEF Dec 10, 2010

'Daido Moriyama: Tsugaru'

by Jae Lee

Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo Closes Dec. 18 Daido Moriyama started taking photographs in the 1960s and has since become a cultural icon across the world. "Tsugaru," showcases images he took during the mid 1970s in Tsugaru plain and Goshogawara in northeastern Aomori Prefecture. In a style that ...

'Dominique Perrault: Urban Landscape'

Art | ART BRIEF Dec 10, 2010

'Dominique Perrault: Urban Landscape'

by Julian Worrall

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery Closes Dec. 26 The work of French architect Dominique Perrault is currently on show at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery. Today numbered among the top tier of French architects alongside Jean Nouvel and Christian de Portzamparc, Perrault shot to international ...

'Global Ends: Towards the beginning'

Art | ART BRIEF Nov 26, 2010

'Global Ends: Towards the beginning'

by Jae Lee

TOTO Gallery Ma Closes Feb. 26 TOTO Ltd., perhaps most well known for manufacturing high-tech electronic toilets, such as its trademarked "Washlet," opened Gallery Ma in 1985 as a space dedicated to exhibitions on architecture. It has since attracted a number of Japan's leading designers and ...

'"Home Sweet Home" by Invader'

Art | ART BRIEF Nov 12, 2010

'"Home Sweet Home" by Invader'

by Jeff Hammond and Jeff Michael Hammond

Gallery Target Closes Nov. 19 Since its origin in 1970s New York, when youths started "bombing" buildings and subway trains with stylized graffiti of their names and other messages, street art has morphed to encompass various media and subject matter. It has also become hot property ...

'Llove'

Art | ART BRIEF Nov 12, 2010

'Llove'

by Jae Lee

Daikanyama i Studio Closes Nov. 23 Celebrating 400 years of trade relations between Japan and the Netherlands, artists from both countries have come together to open a three-story "love hotel" in Tokyo's trendy Daikanyama area. For artistic director Suzanne Oxenaar, of Lloyd Hotel Amsterdam, Japan's love ...

Art | ART BRIEF Oct 22, 2010

'2011 s/s Collection "L'Etranger"'

by Jae Lee

Glass-Space Exhibition opens Oct. 25, closes Oct. 30 Taro Horiuchi, one of a new generation of Japanese fashion designers, studied and established himself in London and Antwerp, Belgium. Unlike many other designers who have followed similar career paths, however, he chose to return to Japan to ...

'Saburo Miyamoto: 1940-1945'

Art | ART BRIEF Oct 22, 2010

'Saburo Miyamoto: 1940-1945'

by C.B. Liddell

Setagaya Art Museum Closes Nov. 28 One of the most astounding and, indeed, slightly unnerving pictures in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo is Saburo Miyamoto's "The Meeting of General Yamashita and General Percival" (1942). In a masterly, realist Western style, it depicts ...

'Here Comes the Tengu'

Art | ART BRIEF Oct 8, 2010

'Here Comes the Tengu'

by C.B. Liddell

Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Cultural History Closes Oct. 31 Maybe it's because of the big nose and the red face — like some grotesque characterization of my fellow Europeans and me — or it might just be the aura of a potent ...

'Self Portrait: Others as Myself'

Art | ART BRIEF Oct 8, 2010

'Self Portrait: Others as Myself'

by Jae Lee

Takahashi Collection Hibiya Closes Nov. 28 Since Seiki Kuroda (1866-1924), a leader of the yoga (Western-style painting) movement, introduced self-portraiture as a graduation project at the prestigious Tokyo University of the Arts, it has become one of the school's ongoing traditions and ...

'Mizuki Shigeru: Illustrations of Yokai'

Art | ART BRIEF Sep 24, 2010

'Mizuki Shigeru: Illustrations of Yokai'

by Matthew Larking

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Kobe Closes Oct. 3 In an attempt to bolster its artistic pedigree, manga has sought parentage in the popular ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the Edo Period (1603-1868) that achieved high-art status from the late decades of the 19th century. There are ...