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'The Artists of the Taro Award'

Oct 16, 2014

'The Artists of the Taro Award'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The second in a series of exhibitions featuring the work of winners of the Taro Award, this show looks at that of Shinji Ohmaki, Satoru Tamura, Hisashi Tenmyouya, Takehito Fujii and Yukihiro Yamagami — the winners of the sixth to 12th awards. Established in ...

'Yokoo By Kishin'

Oct 9, 2014

'Yokoo By Kishin'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Photographer Kishin Shinoyama’s book of images “Kioku no Enkinjutsu,” which he began in 1968, documents the graphic designer, illustrator and painter Tadanori Yokoo dressed as, and posing with, his personal idols. Yokoo would wear matching or near-identical outfits to his celebrity partner, sometimes even ...

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

Oct 2, 2014

'Theo Jansen: Strandbeest'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Dutch artist Theo Jansen first started creating his signature “Strandbeest” (“Beach Animal”) works in 1990. These huge objects, a combination of art and science, are made mostly out of plastic tubes and can walk by themselves using the power of the wind. Fifteen of ...

'Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple'

Oct 2, 2014

'Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Kyoto National Museum recently opened its new Heisei Chishinkan wing with the special exhibition “Kyoto: Splendors of the Ancient Capital,” and it is now continuing the celebration with “Masterpieces of Kosan-ji Temple” in its main Meiji Kotokan building. Though full of national treasures, ...

'Tomotaka Yasui: Silence'

Sep 18, 2014

'Tomotaka Yasui: Silence'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Tomotaka Yasui is the fifth artist to be featured in The Hakone Open-Air Museum’s series of exhibitions showcasing young contemporary sculptors. His signature works are statues of ordinary-looking bob-haired girls in colorful dresses, not a likely subject when considering contemporary sculpture. However, these girls’ ...

'Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji'

Sep 4, 2014

'Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), one of the most renowned ukiyo-e artists of the late Edo Period (1603-1868), is still, even 165 years after his death, growing in popularity worldwide. Following in the footsteps of his master, Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1792), Hokusai not only perfected his skills ...