The best pick and mix of modern art

Art Feb 20, 2018

The best pick and mix of modern art

by John L. Tran

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 ...

Art Dec 12, 2017

Bohemia along the Sumida: In search of cultural capital

by John L. Tran

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 ...

Kusama and her infinite appeal

Art Apr 4, 2017

Kusama and her infinite appeal

by John L. Tran

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 ...