Asia in the wings of Japan's art scene

Art Dec 12, 2017

Asia in the wings of Japan's art scene

by John L. Tran

"Tis the season to be jolly ... circumspect. As regards art, despite suggestions from some art professionals that biennials and other recurring art festivals are an exhausted format, 2017 offered up an embarrassment of riches, some more embarrassing than others as it turned out. The ...

Big impressions live in the details

Art Feb 28, 2017

Big impressions live in the details

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Distracted by the frenzy of today's hyper-connected world, many of us can easily overlook the everyday incidents that encourage smiles or offer simple affirmations of life being lived. The India-born artist N.S. Harsha, however, thrives on such observations. As his solo exhibition at the Mori ...

'N.S. Harsha: Charming Journey'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jan 31, 2017

'N.S. Harsha: Charming Journey'

by Yukari Tanaka

Feb. 4-June 11 As one of India's leading contemporary artists, N.S. Harsha is well known not only for his participation in international exhibitions, but also for his contribution to local communities through creative projects and workshops for children across the world. Harsha's works depict daily experiences ...

An exhibition of things that make you go 'hmm'

Art Apr 12, 2016

An exhibition of things that make you go 'hmm'

by John L. Tran

The subtitle of the Mori Art Museum's triennial "Roppongi Crossing" exhibition three years ago was "Out of Doubt." This year it's "My Body, Your Voice." In 2013, the group show was inflected by the destruction caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and ...

'Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Nov 3, 2015

'Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Oct. 31-March 6 The Mori Art Museum is holding a special solo exhibition of contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. It has been 14 years since Murakami's last large-scale exhibition in Japan, though he has been continually internationally praised, working on giant installations at prestigious venues, such ...

Dinh Q. Le's art of nuanced criticism

Art Aug 4, 2015

Dinh Q. Le's art of nuanced criticism

by John L. Tran

Dinh Q. Le says he's not angry about the American war in Vietnam anymore. This makes our interview a lot easier; we are both of Vietnamese descent and there is a chance that talking about the war could polarize us very quickly, even though ...

'Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 21, 2015

'Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

April 25-July 5 In 19th and early 20th-century Europe, advances in the fields of mathematics, mechanical engineering, biology, geology and archaeology brought about a new appreciation of "simple forms," which led to notable influences on modern art. This exhibition — a collection of works from all ...

Lee Mingwei likes getting to know you

Art Oct 23, 2014

Lee Mingwei likes getting to know you

by John L. Tran

The secret to a good public relations interview? Switch on the voice recorder and ask questions — that is all you need to know. Except, of course, it's not. Usually the interviewee has a particular image to maintain and the interviewer is looking for ...

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

Art Jun 25, 2014

Kids' stuff that adults need to see

by John L. Tran

Perhaps in the wake of this attack on seriousness, many artists have since taken refuge in childishness, whimsy or playfulness, though these values have been carefully rationed in "Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children," with the emphasis being more on showing childhood as a ...

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

Lifestyle | CHILD'S PLAY Jun 6, 2014

Gallery proves a hit with young critic

by Danielle Demetriou

The art critic wanders purposefully around the gallery, passing instant, scathing judgment on the surrounding artworks. Full marks are allocated to a portrait photography collection, a hand-drawn anime on a screen and the coloring-in tables. But one definite no-no? A video installation in a dark ...