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 ...

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

Art Jul 14, 2015

Pop culture show may be a bit off game

by C.B. Liddell

On paper, "Manga * Anime * Games From Japan," currently running at The National Art Center, Tokyo, sounds like a great show. The exhibition overview certainly makes a big pitch: "Transcending the boundaries of each individual medium to realize unparalleled artistic expression, Japanese manga, anime ...

The Louvre's spin on art history

Art May 12, 2015

The Louvre's spin on art history

by C.B. Liddell

The futuristic-looking National Art Center Tokyo (NACT) seems like a rather unusual venue for an exhibition of mainly 17th- and 18th-century European art sourced from Paris's famous Louvre Museum. But while the Louvre's collections are very much rooted in the past, the French institution ...

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

Art Dec 25, 2013

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

by C.B. Liddell

Japan occupies an odd niche in the art world. Its own indigenous artistic traditions are balanced against an almost fanboy fascination with certain aspects of the canon of Western art, while there is an often half-hearted attempt to stay plugged into the global contemporary ...