'Gabriel Orozco: Visible Labor'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 17, 2015

'Gabriel Orozco: Visible Labor'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

This show runs concurrent with Gabriel Orozco's solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, his first large-scale exhibition in Japan. During his recent stay here, Orozco created a new series of works titled "Visible Labor," featuring pieces inspired by Japanese architecture and ...

Updating tradition at Tokyo Design Week

Style & Design | ON: DESIGN Oct 31, 2015

Updating tradition at Tokyo Design Week

by Mio Yamada

Promoting Japan's artisanal history and new design Established in 2005, Tokyo Design Week has done an admirable job of showcasing Japanese creators both major and minor. Unfortunately, this year has been a bit of a let-down from past years' presentations. Much smaller in scale and ...

The Edo samurai knew how to look sharp

Art Jun 30, 2015

The Edo samurai knew how to look sharp

by Yoko Haruhara

'The World of Edo Dandyism: From Swords to Inro" at the Nezu Museum is a splendid collection of Edo Period (1603-1868) swords and sword accessories that includes blades, scabbards and metal fittings, as well as decorative sets of inrō (pill boxes) and netsuke (carved ...

'Transcendent Artful Embroidery II'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Apr 14, 2015

'Transcendent Artful Embroidery II'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

April 18-June 28 From designs on Rococo-era men's gowns of 18th-century Europe to the elaborate decoration of French haute-couture dresses of the early 20th century, the eclectic uses and styles of embroidery from around the globe have been brought together at the Kobe Fashion Museum. Decorative ...