The best pick and mix of modern art

Art Feb 20, 2018

The best pick and mix of modern art

by John L. Tran

The current exhibition at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art could be considered a retrospective of Toshio Hara's career as a collector. Surprisingly, given that the museum was founded in 1979, it's the first time that the director and president has personally curated a ...

Art Dec 12, 2017

Bohemia along the Sumida: In search of cultural capital

by John L. Tran

On paper, the Japanese government supports the arts, which are considered important vehicles for promoting Japanese culture globally, enhancing the country's image as a tourist destination and stimulating declining regional economies. But, where does the content for Japan's increasing number of art festivals actually ...

Japan's TOP museum sees the big picture

Art Sep 6, 2016

Japan's TOP museum sees the big picture

by Alice Gordenker

After being closed for two years for major renovations, Tokyo's best-known photography museum in Tokyo's fashionable Ebisu neighborhood reopened on Sept. 3, just in time to celebrate its 20-year anniversary. The venerable facility now boasts a new look, improved exhibition spaces and a new ...

'Hiroshi Sugimoto: Lost Human Genetic Archive'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Aug 30, 2016

'Hiroshi Sugimoto: Lost Human Genetic Archive'

by Mark Jarnes

Sept. 3-Nov. 13 For the opening exhibition of the rebranded Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (formerly the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography), acclaimed Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto asks us to reflect on our way of life and how it affects the environment. The New York-based photographer's thought-provoking ...

Hiroshi Sugimoto: On the Beach

Books / Reviews Jan 24, 2015

Hiroshi Sugimoto: On the Beach

by John L. Tran

Hiroshi Sugimoto's photography is mesmerizing partly because of its other-worldly perfection — his black-and-white prints are flawless. On its own, however, this isn't enough to justify the significance of his work in the contemporary art scene. His deadpan images of animal dioramas, waxwork figures ...

A modern annex for an old favorite

Art Nov 28, 2014

A modern annex for an old favorite

by C.B. Liddell

I always feel a little inadequate arriving at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, shambling up its gravel drive in my slovenly journalist garb and running one hand over my face to check if I've shaved that day. It's such an elegant venue that ...

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

Stage Oct 23, 2013

Tears shed for puppets in the City of Love

by Bronwyn Mahoney

Japanese photographer/artist Hiroshi Sugimoto is inescapable in Paris just now, with posters all over the Metro for his "Accelerated Buddha" exhibition at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent and "Sugimoto Bunraku: Sonezaki Shinju" ("The Love Suicides at Sonezaki") at the Théâtre de la Ville ...