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Waking up to Asia's growing role in art

Art Nov 6, 2018

Waking up to Asia's growing role in art

by John L. Tran

One year after The National Art Center, Tokyo, and the Mori Art Museum presented the expansive "Sunshower: Contemporary Art From Southeast Asia 1980s to Now," The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, (MOMAT) has unveiled "Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s-1990s." Both projects were ...

On the Daoism of 'Dudeism'

Art May 16, 2017

On the Daoism of 'Dudeism'

by John L. Tran

As the phrase goes, "s—- happens." Walead Beshty explores different ways that it may happen, and in doing so, he gently suggests that we consider the implications. His solo show at Rat Hole Gallery exemplifies this. There are two series of works: a selection ...

Fujiwara wants the dirt to stick

Art Mar 8, 2016

Fujiwara wants the dirt to stick

by John L. Tran

White often seems to be used in contemporary art in Japan as a kind of short cut to signify "beauty," "purity" or "spirituality." Simon Fujiwara's show "White Day" at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is, as the title suggests, overwhelmingly white, but it's designed ...

'Mariko Mori: Cycloid'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Mar 8, 2016

'Mariko Mori: Cycloid'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 11-April 23 New York-based contemporary artist Mariko Mori made a name for herself during the 1990s, creating works such as "Play With Me," which incorporated the Japanese otaku (obsessive fan) influences of anime and cosplay into art. Her recent works, however, are in striking ...

'Shiseido Art Egg 10'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Feb 2, 2016

'Shiseido Art Egg 10'

by Melynie Yoneda

Feb. 3-April 22 Since its establishment in 2006, the "Shiseido Art Egg" has been a set of annual solo shows for the finalists of a public-entry art competition. For its 10th anniversary, the exhibition is featuring the work of installation artist Yoi Kawakubo (Feb. 3-26), ...