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.

The beginning, end and rebirth of sculpture

Art Nov 28, 2017

The beginning, end and rebirth of sculpture

by Matthew Larking

The subtitle given to the retrospective of the 60-year career of Osaka-based Michio Fukuoka is oxymoronic: "A Sculptor Who No Longer Sculpts." He used to, but became frustrated and filled with doubt about creativity and so he made sculpture anyway, often about "doing nothing." Fukuoka's ...

A play on the idea of performance art

Art Nov 29, 2016

A play on the idea of performance art

by Matthew Larking

By the late 1960s, Japan's early postwar avant-garde had largely petered out. The radicals of yesteryear were now 20 years older and the country had returned to material affluence and international acceptance symbolized by the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Following the anti-art movements from the early ...

The many portraits of an artist as a young, and older, man

Art May 17, 2016

The many portraits of an artist as a young, and older, man

by Matthew Larking

As photographer Yasumasa Morimura has predominantly made his name since 1985 in eccentric self-portraiture involving impersonations of famous people, his current exhibition is conceptually and structurally all autobiography. It is a tale serially told through chapters with a beginning, middle-stage developments and a seemingly ...

'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 ...

Seeing beyond Jiro Takamatsu's shadows

Art May 19, 2015

Seeing beyond Jiro Takamatsu's shadows

by Matthew Larking

"Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work" is taxonomic, breaking down everything in the artist's oeuvre into relatively neat successions of projects and including his paintings and sculptures, copious sketches and the marginalia. Even the catalog seemingly calls for a scientific approach, this exhibition being the ...

The influences on and of Tetsumi Kudo

Art Dec 25, 2013

The influences on and of Tetsumi Kudo

by Matthew Larking

"Collection 3 — Works Related to Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective: From Anti-art of the 1960s to Art of the Present Day" is a contextual exhibition accompanying the superb "Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective" at the National Museum of Art, Osaka. It brings together foreign ...