Art | ART BRIEF May 15, 2009

Toshimitsu Baba Exhibition

by Matthew Kaundart

Base Gallery, Tokoyo Before making the first stroke of a painting, an artist must surely agonize over the decision to defile something as clean and pure as a blank canvas. If this process is troublesome for painters working with traditional, coarse cloth, then one Japanese ...

"Tetsuya Umeda: Science of Superstition"

Art | ART BRIEF May 15, 2009

"Tetsuya Umeda: Science of Superstition"

by Donald Eubank

Ota Fine Arts A bucket and a mop and a ramshackle assortment of fans and lights — all sprawled across the floor and ceiling of Ota Fine Arts in east Tokyo's Kachidoki area (www.ota.finearts.com) — lie dormant. Flick several switches, though, and a chaotic performance ...

Ruud van Empel: 'Dawn, Moon, World'

Art | ART BRIEF May 1, 2009

Ruud van Empel: 'Dawn, Moon, World'

by Andrew Maerkle

Gallery Terra Tokyo, Kamiyacho Closes May 23 Ruud Van Empel's 2008 series of large and medium format prints on display at Gallery Terra Tokyo ([03] 5575-6685; www.galleryterratokyo.jp) present variations on a unifying theme, composed of scores of original photographs of children and nature. "World #28," ...

Stephen G. Rhodes: 'There is No Bear Bear Ladder'

Art | ART BRIEF May 1, 2009

Stephen G. Rhodes: 'There is No Bear Bear Ladder'

by Andrew Maerkle

Misako & Rosen Gallery, Kita-Otsuka (near Ikebukuro) Closes May 31 Los Angeles-based artist Stephen G. Rhodes' debut exhibition at Misako & Rosen gallery ([03] 6276-1453; www.misakoandrosen.com), "There is No Bear Bear Ladder," is a challenging, multireferential suite of new works. The centerpiece is a messy ...

Yuki Tawada: "Missing Folklore"

Art | ART BRIEF Apr 17, 2009

Yuki Tawada: "Missing Folklore"

by Jeff Hammond and Jeff Michael Hammond

For some photographers, the decisive moment for a photograph is the second the shutter is pressed. For others, the darkroom offers a host of possibilities: tonal variations, framing, paper quality, even superimposition. For Japanese photographer Yuki Tawada, the artwork is not considered finished even ...

"Hiroko Inoue: Inside-Out"

Art | ART BRIEF Apr 17, 2009

"Hiroko Inoue: Inside-Out"

by Danielle Demetriou

Foil Gallery in Higashi-Kanda Closes in 8 days The view out of the windows of mental institutions is the provocative starting point for "Inside-Out" (¥2,500), a new photographic book by the German-based artist Hiroko Inoue. A selection of Inoue's images are on display till ...

"Hiroshima"

Art | ART BRIEF Mar 20, 2009

"Hiroshima"

by Edan Corkill

Vacant, Omotesando Closes Sunday Artist group Chim↑Pom have been careful not to apologize for writing "pika" ("flash," or "bang") in the sky above Hiroshima last October — despite a wave of protests in reaction to the stunt. What they did apologize for was going ...