Trapped by human society

Art Dec 4, 2013

Trapped by human society

by Matthew Larking

Osaka-born Tetsumi Kudo's oeuvre has been the subject of a number of major international retrospectives since his death in 1990, and these indicate the artist's increasing postwar historical significance. The current National Museum of Art, Osaka retrospective is magisterial. With more than 600 pages, ...

'Darren Almond  Second Thoughts'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Nov 13, 2013

'Darren Almond Second Thoughts'

by Jordan Sievers

London-based artist Darren Almond's work covers a broad spectrum of mediums, including video, painting, photography and installation. His pieces are visually stimulating and invite viewers to think about the relationship between the scientific concept of time and how humans actually perceive it. His work is ...

The effervescence of artist He Xiangyu

Art Oct 30, 2013

The effervescence of artist He Xiangyu

by James Jack

He Xiangyu is a conceptualist with a clear vision of the world as a philosophical playground. The critical language employed in his artworks quotes from global consumerism, Americanism and militarism, emphasizing the power of infinitesimal change. He uses the shape of a leaf to ...

Missing the light at 'Roppongi Crossing'

Art Oct 16, 2013

Missing the light at 'Roppongi Crossing'

by C.B. Liddell

I've always thought that the "Roppongi Crossing" exhibitions try too hard. They take themselves too seriously and usually end up missing the point. Held every three years at the Mori Art Museum, the shows bring together heavily curated selections of contemporary art in an ...

'Art Brut Japonais'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Sep 25, 2013

'Art Brut Japonais'

by Jordan Sievers

This exhibition already won high praise at its initial 2010-11 showing in Paris. Art brut, like outsider art, refers to creations by those who typically lack any traditional or extensive artistic training, though it more specifically refers to those using art as some form ...

'Roppongi Crossing 2013:  Out of Doubt'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Sep 18, 2013

'Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt'

by Jordan Sievers

Returning for a fourth time since its first installment in 2004, the "Roppongi Crossing" series of exhibitions aim to provide an extensive overview of the current contemporary Japanese art scene. For 2013, the state of modern Japanese art is explored through works influenced by ...

'Arakawa Africa 4'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Sep 18, 2013

'Arakawa Africa 4'

by Jordan Sievers

Although the Arakawa district of Tokyo and Africa are thousands of kilometers apart, the two locations do, perhaps surprisingly, share some commonalities in their culture and landscape. As part of the Asahi Art Festival, "Arakawa Africa" bridges the gap between the two peoples by highlighting ...

'Light and Illumination'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Sep 18, 2013

'Light and Illumination'

by Jordan Sievers

Light is an integral aspect of all forms of artistic expression, whether it's portrayed in paintings, captured in ceramic glazes or created as man-made illuminations. This exhibition displays some of the most famous artistic expressions of light by many of the world's most-respected artists. Featured ...

Real-world validations of our digital realm

Art Sep 11, 2013

Real-world validations of our digital realm

by Cameron Allan Mckean

"We are now living in a super, hyper-extended information society," says curator Masafumi Fukugawa, "and that idea was the starting point for our new exhibition." Fukagawa is one of five curators of "Being-in-the-Wired-World," a group exhibition at Kawasaki City Museum that features eight emerging artists ...

Japanese collectors take a conceptual turn

Art Sep 4, 2013

Japanese collectors take a conceptual turn

by Cameron Allan Mckean

Echoing the choice of Koki Tanaka — a conceptual artist — for the Japanese pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale this year, "Why Not Live For Art? II: 9 collectors reveal their treasures" at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery suggests that art collecting in ...