Presenting five recent reads about art. File some of these under “Things to do when it’s all over,” given the current state of emergency:
- Japan had a special place in the heart of sculptor Isamu Noguchi, and not only because it was the homeland of his father. The Tokyo exhibition “Ways of Discovery,” due to reopen at the end of the emergency, traces his remarkable creative journey, writes Alice Gordenker.
- A new film documenting the mission to reproduce “Japan, A Photo Theater,” Daido Moriyama’s iconic 1968 photobook, captures a master unconcerned with reliving past glories. Director Gen Iwama makes this contradiction the documentary’s central conflict, writes Matt Schley.
- Tokyo has seen a rash of openings of boutique hotels originally designed to accommodate the Olympic rush. Beautifully designed and (now, at least) reasonably priced, these spots are perfect for locals in need of a swanky staycation, writes Mio Yamada.
- For Keisuke Sugiyama, a former senior conservator for the British Museum Hirayama Studio, painting conservation is a foray into history, national and personal. Yamada subjected him to 20 Questions about the art of keeping art alive.
- Dozens of works are on display at eight travel hubs across Japan as part of “Culture Gate,” a major media arts exhibition, writes Yamada. What a shame, then, that travel is at a standstill, although it could pick up before the project ends in September.