Yumeji Takahisa and Taisho Era Romance

Art | ART BRIEF Feb 26, 2010

Yumeji Takahisa and Taisho Era Romance

by Marius Gombrich

Yumeji Takehisa Museum Closes on March 28 Located next to Tokyo University, the Yumeji Takehisa Museum is dedicated to one of the unique painters of the late Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-28) eras. One of the reasons his art was so distinctive was because he ...

'Water, fire, earth'

Art | ART BRIEF Feb 5, 2010

'Water, fire, earth'

by Lucy Birmingham

RBR Gallery Closes on Feb. 26 Looked down any holes lately? What you see is what you get, right? Not if it's a hole dug illegally in a closed park, in the middle of the night, under a full moon and by ...

'108 Heroes of the Suikoden'

Art | ART BRIEF Jan 22, 2010

'108 Heroes of the Suikoden'

by Manami Okazaki

Tokyo Vanilla Gallery Closes Jan. 30 Horiyoshi III is the undisputed master of traditional Japanese-style tattooing and has an unparalleled influence on the local and international tattoo industry. Now 63 years old and in the twilight of his career, Horiyoshi is renowned for his ...

'Shinganist Showcase 3 Tokyo'

Art | ART BRIEF Jan 22, 2010

'Shinganist Showcase 3 Tokyo'

by Manami Okazaki

Tokyo Hipsters Club Closes Jan. 25 While street culture and the genres of hardcore and hip-hop form the context of the Japanese artist Usugrow, in his beautiful and meticulously crafted black-and-white works, which feature flowers, skulls, religious symbols and ornate fonts, you can ...

'CONSTELLATION 2'

Art | ART BRIEF Dec 11, 2009

'CONSTELLATION 2'

by Danielle Demetriou

Yuka Sasahara Gallery Dec. 26 A photograph without a camera: The concept may sound as naked as a table without legs. But the creation of images using photographic techniques without an actual camera is the focal point of a new exhibition by artist Saori Miyake. Entitled "CONSTELLATION 2," ...

'Bless You'

Art | ART BRIEF Dec 11, 2009

'Bless You'

by Marius Gombrich

SCAI Bathhouse Closes Dec. 25 South Korean artist Jeon Joonho makes sculptures and video installations that sometimes come across as crudely didactic or politically preachy. For example, his 2006 video installation "The White House" appealed for the way it appeared to pour simple scorn on the ...

"Showa Boys SF Guide"

Art | ART BRIEF Sep 18, 2009

"Showa Boys SF Guide"

by Mio Yamada

Yayoi Museum Closes Sept. 27 The moon is a giant hothouse for mammoth vegetables and, as natural resources dwindle, mirrored satellites divert beams of artificial light to melt the South Pole for water. Brightly colored vehicles hover, fly or float through the air; high-speed trains ...

"Modern Living: Hiroe Komai"

Art | ART BRIEF Sep 18, 2009

"Modern Living: Hiroe Komai"

by Matthew Larking

Shin-bi Gallery, Kyoto Closes Nov. 8 London-based Hiroe Komai's first solo exhibition, "Modern Living," shows a series of sculptural low-relief wall collages and colored drawings. The drawings take up themes of Cubist and Modernist apartment blocks, cellular geometric lattices, or the interior of a restaurant. They ...

'MAM Project 009: Koizumi Meiro'

Art | ART BRIEF Aug 21, 2009

'MAM Project 009: Koizumi Meiro'

by Edan Corkill

Mori Art Museum Closes Nov. 8 As a form of humor, the prank telephone call is well enough established to have its own entry in Wikipedia (see "Prank Call"). On one level, artist Meiro Koizumi's video "My Voice Would Reach You," part of his current small ...

Timothy Saccenti: Garden of Unearthly Delights

Art | ART BRIEF Aug 21, 2009

Timothy Saccenti: Garden of Unearthly Delights

by Danielle Demetriou

Diesel Denim Gallery, Tokyo Closes Nov. 8 The two naked women possess endless limbs and long blond hair — but there ends any similarity with conventional ideals of feminine beauty. For their bodies are crowned not with pretty faces but pointy green masks from which their tresses ...