Ways to never forget Christian Boltanski

Art Mar 5, 2019

Ways to never forget Christian Boltanski

by Matthew Larking

Memories eroded, recovered, or forged from or for other peoples and times are the major themes of "Christian Boltanski: Lifetime," the artist's first full-scale Japan retrospective at The National Museum of Art, Osaka.

Ryan Gander looks back with humor

Art Jun 13, 2017

Ryan Gander looks back with humor

by Matthew Larking

British artist Ryan Gander does the spread of contemporary art polysemy through objects, installations, paintings, photography and video. All is brought under the rubric of "conceptual" art, for which the catalog of "These wings aren't for flying" at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, ...

'The Posters of Ikko Tanaka'

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Apr 5, 2016

'The Posters of Ikko Tanaka'

by Kaori Kubo

April 5-June 19 Posters are designed to attract attention — the really good ones also tempt their viewers to buy or do something. Graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) was arguably one of the best graphic designers in Japan, creating unique posters with bold geometric designs ...

'What We See' is not always what you get

Art Feb 28, 2013

'What We See' is not always what you get

by Matthew Larking

Rendered as "What We See" in English, the title of this show should perhaps more accurately follow the Japanese one, which would be: "Dream, Reality, Illusion?" "Video" art is now mostly moribund because technology has changed, leaving that form of expression as largely digitized and ...