Nov 14, 2019
At 90, artist Yayoi Kusama has plans for Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade balloon and New York installation
Oct 26, 2018
Feb 20, 2018
The current exhibition at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art could be considered a retrospective of Toshio Hara's career as a collector. Surprisingly, given that the museum was founded in 1979, it's the first time that the director and president has personally curated a show there, and the title is the pretty no-nonsense: "My Favorites: Toshio Hara Selects from the Permanent Collection."
Dec 12, 2017
Dec 12, 2017
On paper, the Japanese government supports the arts, which are considered important vehicles for promoting Japanese culture globally, enhancing the country's image as a tourist destination and stimulating declining regional economies. But, where does the content for Japan's increasing number of art festivals actually come from? There are no national mechanisms for supporting individual artists, with funding programs primarily aimed at institutions and community initiatives.
Sep 26, 2017
Apr 4, 2017
Yayoi Kusama's work has a direct and immediate visual impact. Her obsessions with dots, pumpkins and floppy phalluses have become big crowd pleasers after a spotty career of avant-garde agitation and mental-health issues. The auction house Christie's says she is "now the highest-selling living female artist." Her solo show, "My Eternal Soul," is part of The National Art Center, Tokyo's celebration of its 10th anniversary, so expect queues and crowds for this frenetic extravaganza of color and confessional declarations.
Jan 14, 2017
It's winter. Inclement weather in December far north of Tokyo should come as no surprise: the farms and forests are normally blanketed in snow. So while preparing for our stay at the "House of Light," an installation in Niigata Prefecture by U.S. conceptual artist James Turrell, we aren't deterred when we receive a call from the "House's" staff warning us to anticipate snowfall.