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Eimi “Sundays”

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Eimi “Sundays”
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-22)

Eimi’s paintings focus in on specific motifs such as girls, shades of pink, and fluorescent colors, expressing them as if they are taken from the distant work of some poet. Among other works, there will be pieces from Eimi’s “Gemini” series, which was begun earlier this year, on exhibit. Venue: Space S




Hiroko Kanno “To the zoo”

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Hiroko Kanno “To the zoo”
at HB Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-22)

These paintings by Hiroko Kanno are based on sketches made by the artist when she visited the zoo and capture a cheerful and fun mood.




Kinji Aoki “R50. Mainly standard works”

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Kinji Aoki “R50. Mainly standard works”
at Pater's Shop and Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-22)

There is no particular theme or concept for this solo exhibition by Kinji Aoki, as the title suggests.




Rie Mizushima “Emotions”

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Rie Mizushima “Emotions”
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-22)

Rie Mizushima’s paintings reference negative everyday emotions like anxiety, fear, and smugness that people try to distance themselves from but are still sometimes inexplicably drawn to.




Shujiro Murayama “Art and Communication Through Plants”

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Shujiro Murayama “Art and Communication Through Plants”
at 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Chiyoda area)
(2017-10-20 - 2017-11-22)

The Tohoku artist Shujiro Murayama has done plant-focused art projects centered on local environments and the people who live there. In this show he looks at how people in the city communicate with nature through his original “green paintings” and photography and film about his projects.




Artists who have crossed the seas

Artists who have crossed the seas
at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-04-27 - 2017-11-23)

In this exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa, visitors will be invited to explore the genealogy of the museum’s collection, with around 70 works presented on the theme, “artists who have crossed the seas.” These works are by artists who left their home country of Japan in order to base their art practice overseas, not for short-term sojourns, but to spend most of their lives working hard to establish themselves abroad. One such artist is Tsuguharu Foujita, who relocated to France at the beginning of the 20th century and became the darling of Ecole de Paris. On the other hand, Isamu Noguchi and Genichiro Inokuma set up their studios in the United States. They became known in Japan for their accomplishments in continuing the work of the Gutai group and the Mono-ha (school of things) movement that were both prominent in postwar avant-garde art of Japan. Currently it is Yayoi Kusama, Yoshitomo Nara, and Takashi Murakami who are taking on the art world both in Japan and overseas. Venue: 1F Permanent Exhibition Gallery




Baek “Dialogue”

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Baek “Dialogue”
at AL (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-11-14 - 2017-11-23)

Paintings by the artist Baek.




Kumi Sugai “Dashing Images”

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Kumi Sugai “Dashing Images”
at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Karuizawa (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-04-23 - 2017-11-23)

Kumi Sugai is a painter who worked between France and Japan, receiving high international acclaim during his lifetime. Even now, 20 years since Sugai’s death, his works continue to enthrall audiences with their unfading colors. Producing paintings over a period spanning near on six decades, his style underwent major transformations a number of times. Eastern motifs he painted with fine brushes early on in his career gradually became simple voluminous forms in the latter half of the 1950s. The geometric forms seen in works such as those in his “Autoroute” series emerged after 1962, expressing a standardization of color, materials and shaping, and demonstrating a flat and signature style reminiscent of road signs. From the 1980s, Sumai’s compositions began to feature more limited colors, applied with visible brush strokes. This exhibition will introduce a range of his works demonstrating various styles. Venue: 2F Special Exhibitions gallery




Physiology of art, or meditation of transcendental taste

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Physiology of art, or meditation of transcendental taste
at Sezon Museum of Modern Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-07-15 - 2017-11-23)

Sezon Museum of Modern Art is known for prizing quality over quantity; rather than building a comprehensive collection that spans the history of art, the focus is on collecting individual works based on their distinctive qualities. The beauty that is revealed in each of these works and the art that they convey can be considered as unique, and something that cannot be subtituted by another object or work of art. It is understood that both beauty and art are diverse. It may, in fact, be said that it is because of this diversity that new works continue to be created. However old the oldest antiquities may appear, at the time they were produced they would have been accepted as contemporary works of art. This exhibition will introduce works from both the current collection and the collection of Takanawa Art Museum, Sezon Museum of Modern Art’s predecessor. Experience how beauty and art transcend time.




Ark School III Part 2

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Ark School III Part 2
at Aoki Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-11-24)

Paintings made with a variety of methods and materials by participants in the third session of Ark School.




Joe Foti “The Adventures from Beaver Creek Part 3”

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Joe Foti “The Adventures from Beaver Creek Part 3”
at Chrome Hearts Ginza (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-10 - 2017-11-24)

“The Adventures From Beaver Creek” is a series based on the small town of Bristol, located on the border between the states of Tennessee and Virginia, where Joe Foti spent his childhood during the 1960s and 1970s. He was inspired to create this work when he went back there six years ago, soon realizing that the scope of the project was so large that it would end up shown in a three-part exhibition. The first installment focused on the early history of the town dating back to the Civil War, while the second chapter addressed how the town Foti once knew is now slowly disappearing as the beautiful historic buildings are being demolished. This final installment expresses the artist’s irreplaceable memories of being on the cusp of leaving this small town for the exciting big city.




Tsukika Hoshiba Exhibition

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Tsukika Hoshiba Exhibition
at Rise Gallery (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-11-04 - 2017-11-24)

Paintings by Tsukika Hoshiba.




Chisato Yoshikawa Exhibition

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Chisato Yoshikawa Exhibition
at K's Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Venue: K’s gallery in Ginza.




Decorative Porcelain Cakes

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Decorative Porcelain Cakes
at Galerie Vivant (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)




Everyone in Edo is interesting. Homage to the Edo era.

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Everyone in Edo is interesting. Homage to the Edo era.
at Gallery Kopis (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-11-19 - 2017-11-25)

Art and accessories inspired by the lifestyles and customs of the Edo era (16th to 19th centuries).




Hiroko Koshino “Paintings Visible in Clothing”

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Hiroko Koshino “Paintings Visible in Clothing”
at KH Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-10-10 - 2017-11-25)

Hiroko Koshino has had an amazing 60-year career as a fashion designer and she still currently announces two collections a year, which continue to share beauty ahead of its generation. She has also tirelessly been releasing works of art in recent years, creating a unique world combing fashion and art. This exhibition displays clothing works from past collections in three categories of “quality, shape and color,” which have been re-defined from the design elements of paintings. Her fashion is captured in a new manner from an artistic perspective. The series with clothing works enclosed in flat and clear acrylic cases allows guests to view in detail this “quality” including different materials for each work of art, handmade decorations and the picturesque structure. Meanwhile, the optical installation features infinite “shapes” which can be imagined from one dress. You can also take in “colors” in KH gallery’s first exhibition of colorful giclée style paintings which sparkle in their own small worlds. Discovering “works of art” from past clothing could be another step forward in the fusion between fashion and art.




Kana Ito “Christmas”

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Kana Ito “Christmas”
at Gallery Goto (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-12 - 2017-11-25)




Keiichiro Sakuma and Kyoko Komoda Exhibition

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Keiichiro Sakuma and Kyoko Komoda Exhibition
at Hagurodo (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-11-13 - 2017-11-25)

The paintings of Keiichiro Sakuma and Kyoko Komoda have a melancholy, elusive quality that might be considered uniquely Japanese forms of expression.




Keiko Iwakami Exhibition “Mileage 2017: Born in This Land”

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Keiko Iwakami Exhibition “Mileage 2017: Born in This Land”
at Gallery Hinoki B, C (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Cardboard installations by Keiko Iwakami.




Keisuke Nakagawa Exhibition

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Keisuke Nakagawa Exhibition
at Gallery Q (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)




Kenichiro Isaka Exhibition

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Kenichiro Isaka Exhibition
at Galerie Shimon (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Paintings by Kenichiro Isaka.







Maiko Kasai “Little Owl’s Eyes”

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Maiko Kasai “Little Owl’s Eyes”
at Yuka Tsuruno Gallery (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-10-21 - 2017-11-25)

In recent years, Maiko Kasai has been producing works that explore the relationship between narrative and painting by composing stories based on scenes witnessed in her everyday life, or introducing a new, uniquely imagined perspective that complements untold parts of existing stories. Her paintings, characterized by bold brushstrokes and the use of empty spaces, are populated by socially undifferentiated beings such as young girls, animals and costumed cartoon characters. The vague compositions and colors that allow the subject to merge with the background express her pictorial world at once as figurative and abstract. The title of this exhibition, “Little Owl’s Eyes,” refers to the owl of the Greek goddess Athena. As the goddess of wisdom, handicrafts and warfare, Athena is thought to have kept an owl, a symbol of wisdom, by her side as her holy animal. Kasai says that she adopted this title as “an attempt to examine the world from a perspective that is different to that of the everyday, and, rather, akin to that of the owl that regarded the world from above alongside the goddess who was worshiped as the guardian of Athens and looked over every occurrence in the world.” While she reexamines the traditional motifs of western painting, the owl’s perspective has become an important one for her. Kasai has introduced the comprehensive perspective of Yamato-e style and the traditional nature motifs of Japanese painting to the compositions of her works in order to achieve temporal narrativity in the scenes she depicts instead of the timelessness of traditional painting. Furthermore, the newly introduced motif of plaster busts is a recognizable one for anyone who studied art in Japan. The plaster busts that are normally regarded merely as drawing subjects in modern art education are familiar to Kasai even though they are remote from her cultural and spatiotemporal origins, much like the images of young girls who overlap with the motifs of western painting in her works. Kasai’s attempt to approach traditional motifs from a new angle both in terms of medium and subject matter manifests itself as pictures with new narrativity that link time and space, and offer the change for multiple interpretations by viewers.




Masaki Tamura Exhibition

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Masaki Tamura Exhibition
at Art Space Rashinban (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)




Michiyo Sona Exhibition

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Michiyo Sona Exhibition
at Gallery 58 (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Michiyo Sona produces paintings for herself, expressing everything that she has seen with her eyes, and all that she has accumulated in her body through experience.




Mizuho Uchida Exhibition

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Mizuho Uchida Exhibition
at Gallery Hinoki e, F (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Ten colorful oil and acrylic abstract paintings by Mizuho Uchida.




Norimichi Akagi Exhibition

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Norimichi Akagi Exhibition
at Galerie Paris (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-25)

Exhibition comprised of paintings and drawings produced with techniques such as encaustic painting, which uses ancient painting methods utilizing melted beeswax, and a form of tempera oil painting that was developed by Akagi Research Laboratory at Yokohama National University.




Sachiyo Kaneko “Moment”

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Sachiyo Kaneko “Moment”
at Gallery House Maya (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

The first solo exhibition for illustrator Sachiyo Kaneko.




Shintaro Maezawa Exhibition

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Shintaro Maezawa Exhibition
at K's Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Venue: K’s gallery-an in Ginza.




Shunsuke Kobayashi Exhibition

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Shunsuke Kobayashi Exhibition
at Gallery Ueda (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-06 - 2017-11-25)

The first exhibition at Gallery Ueda for Shunsuke Kobayashi, a professor at Yamagata University whose paintings of layered color on oval-shaped canvases are easily mistaken for ceramic works. See his new world of painting for yourself. The artist will be at the gallery on Nov. 10, Nov. 11, Nov. 17, Nov. 18, Nov. 23, and Nov. 24




Tamami Kubota “Asparado”

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Tamami Kubota “Asparado”
at hpgrp Gallery Tokyo (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-10-27 - 2017-11-25)

Oil painter Tamami Kubota creates original worlds with bold strokes and unique blends of color. A range of emotion and movement bubble up from the serene-seeming surfaces of her canvases, uniting the viewer’s memory and imagination in stories evoked through their quiet pulse.




Toru Seko “Things I’ve Seen”

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Toru Seko “Things I’ve Seen”
at Ai Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-25)

Small works by painter Toru Seko.




Yuko Tashiro “One Scene V”

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Yuko Tashiro “One Scene V”
at Bumpodo Gallery (Chiyoda area)
(2017-11-13 - 2017-11-25)

Paintings inspired by walks in mountain woods and communication between humans and nature.




Akinori Shimodaira “Perspective of brightness”

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Akinori Shimodaira “Perspective of brightness”
at Art Center Ongoing (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-15 - 2017-11-26)

[Related Events] The Expansion of Time - A Discussion about Time Event Date: Nov. 18 (Sat) 18:00- Speakers: Nanpushokudo, Hiroko Mihara Admission: ¥1000 (inc. 1 drink and exhibition admission) Pre Ongoing School Event Date: Nov. 26 (Sun) 15:00- Capacity: 30 Admission: ¥1500 (inc. cake and drink) *Events in Japanese.




Art Treasures of the Imperial Court

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Art Treasures of the Imperial Court
at The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Around 100 years ago, during the Taisho (1912-1926) to early Showa (1926-1989) periods, selected artists of various divisions created exquisite gifts to celebrate the auspicious events of the Imperial Household. Among them were nationwide-scale art projects with a large number of artists participating, though few people know about these projects today. Once these art works were presented to the Imperial Household, they were placed within their palaces and rarely viewed by the general public. The Imperial Household has promoted and passed down Japanese culture from ancient times, and since the modern era, its members have contributed to art promotion by visiting exhibitions and purchasing displayed art works, and commissioning works to decorate the interiors of Imperial palaces. Works created as gifts celebrating auspicious Imperial events were considered as the utmost honor for artists, and were also considered as a cultural policy to succeed and promote traditional artistic techniques. During the Taisho period, works created by artists of various divisions from areas throughout the entire country, directed by the 5th principle of the Tokyo Fine Arts School, Masaki Naohiko (1862- 1940), were considered as the top art works of this era. In this exhibition, works that still exist within the Imperial Household Agency will be introduced alongside materials related to their production. This exhibition is held in commemoration of the 130th anniversary of the Tokyo University of the Arts, which succeeded the Tokyo Fine Arts School and will also exhibit many master works by artists related to the school within the Imperial Household collection. Visitors can enjoy the quintessence of these cultural projects supported by the Imperial Household 100 years ago, including works that will be displayed outside of the Imperial Palace for the first time since they were presented to the Emperor and Empress of the time.




Atsuhiko Misawa “Animal House: House of Enigmas”

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Atsuhiko Misawa “Animal House: House of Enigmas”
at The Shoto Museum of Art (Shibuya area)
(2017-10-07 - 2017-11-26)

Atsuhiko Misawa (1961-) is one of modern Japan’s leading sculptors. His life-sized “animals” are carved from logs of camphor wood using a chisel or sword according to a traditional woodcarving technique, and colored with oil paints. They exude a realistic sense of vitality, as if infused with actual souls (anima). The animals appear here and there throughout the distinctive architectural space of the Shoto Museum of Art, which was designed by Seiichi Shirai, emitting a powerful presence that seems to make the very air around them vibrate as they freely strut around the building. This is “Animal House: House of Enigmas.” It is worth paying attention to the settings and narratives that Misawa’s animals appear in, as these are the result of his close rapport with other artists, namely Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, and Masashi Asada. [Related Events] House of Enigmas Artist Talk Series Animal House 1: Oct. 7 (Sat) 14:00-15:00 Animal House 2: Oct. 28 (Sat) 14:00-15:00 Animal House 3: Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00-15:00 Venue: 2F Exhibition Space Speakers: Atsuhiko Misawa, Katsura Funakoshi, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito, Masashi Asada (speakers will vary for each talk event) “Atsuhiko Misawa x Katsura Funakoshi Work in Progress - Busts in Clay” See the two artists producing clay busts of visitors to the exhibition. Event Date: Oct. 21 (Sat), Nov. 18 (Sat) 15:00-16:00 Venue: 2F Exhibition Space *Events in Japanese. *Please see the official website for further details.




Chizuko Iinuma “Recurring breath”

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Chizuko Iinuma “Recurring breath”
at Toki Art Space (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-13 - 2017-11-26)

Presenting a lineup of paintings by Kanagawa-born artist Chizuko Iinuma (1984-).







Emi Otaguro “Spot”

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Emi Otaguro “Spot”
at KayokoYuki (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Titled “spot,” the current exhibition by Emi Otaguro consists of a series of works at the core of which sits a story woven by the artist herself, inspired by Greek mythology’s tale of “Narcissus.” In her story, a hunter finds himself in the pool formed by his own urine, starting to feel unsure as to his bodily existence. Trying to get a confirmation of his being, he gazes into the pool of urine, only to face various haunting images such as those of cats, horses, and ravens, emerging from there; this situation is the point of departure for her works in the show. Here, the urine, in the form of a pool, symbolizes the boundary between the inside and outside of a living body, and the image inside of it that resembles oneself serves as what shakes one’s self perception of their bodily existence. To sweep away that feeling of insecurity, and prompted by a bit of curiosity, the hunter approximates to his other self dwelling in the urine pool. However, what is revealed to him there, is not his own, true self, which he was pursuing, but images deriving from fragments of his memory. They seem rather like a proof of his being in the world. Throughout her artistic practice, Otaguro has consistently worked under the themes of inexplicable events slipping into everyday life as well as states of human psyche when oscillating between sanity and insanity. Her new works featured in this exhibition present more direct expressions, as a result of employing more restrained methods and materials. “To draw and paint a picture is the act of staining memory,” says the artist; she gives a mark to a piece of memory by cutting out a fleeting moment from the eternally flowing time and then filling it with a black marker. By devoting herself continually to the primitive and physical act of “drawing and painting a picture,” Otaguro confronts uncertainty of bodily existence and ambiguity of self-recognition. That is the way she works, and the new pieces in this exhibition show us her latest development.




Eriko Hiyoshi Exhibition

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Eriko Hiyoshi Exhibition
at O Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-26)




Gardar Eide Einarsson “Studies and Further Studies in a Dying Culture”
Gardar Eide Einarsson “Studies and Further Studies in a Dying Culture” at Rat Hole Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area) (2017-09-08 - 2017-11-26) Gardar Eide Einarsson’s third exhibition at Rat Hole Gallery will present a suite of ten new paintings and marks the artist’s only show to date focused exclusively on painting works. Einarsson (Norwegian, b.1976, lives and works in Tokyo) works across a multitude of genres, including painting, installation, sculpture, ready-made objects and flags, film and photography, to examine ideas of authority and rebellion within social, political, and economic structures, as well as notions of fear and paranoia embedded in such relationships of power. Using methods of appropriation, assemblage, and abstraction of images and information from a variety of sources - from cultural ephemera to political iconography, utopian ideologies, and criminal subcultures - Einarsson voids them of their context and meaning, while simultaneously transforming them into coded layers of expression and often times signifiers of dissent. For this exhibition, the imagery of each of the paintings is derived from graphic designs of book and DVD covers, logos, and political buttons. These include the cover of a documentary film based on a Japanese doomsday cult, a study from 1937 analyzing politics in Chicago during the Great Depression, a 1969 exhibition catalog of a group show by 14 minimalist sculptors, and an anthology of writings on accelerationism. Shared among the works is a disconnect between the title of the painting, pregnant with meaning, and a seemingly empty and flat surface that is somewhat reminiscent, yet not entirely, of post-war painting. The works possess a formal vocabulary of minimalism and geometrical abstraction through the use of a monochromatic palette or rigorous black-and-white execution, as is often found with Einarsson’s paintings. Furthermore, in erecting a rigid framework for the way in which the painting is derived from the source imagery, such as by reducing color or the amount of information visible on the surface, Einarsson creates a “painterly” space to exist there within, thus elevating accidents and coincidence to a level where they are subject to painterly-aesthetic judgment. The content and the painterliness are each reduced towards a vanishing point, remaining always at an arms length, where they continue to exist even as they recede further away from view. The main function of the paintings, however, lies not necessarily within the four edges of the stretched canvas, but in the source material that is only hinted at in the titles. The juxtaposition and amalgamation of these sources result in something resembling a paranoid narrative created by the artist. As visual objects, the paintings themselves fail to function as carriers of meaning. Alternatively, they serve as a portal to a discourse that exists elsewhere - an uncertain present - that is not to be read entirely from looking[...]



Graphic Designer Koichi Sato

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Graphic Designer Koichi Sato
at Takasaki Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-11-26)

Exhibiting major works, high school posters and sketch books, and early theater posters and fliers by Koichi Sato, an important Japanese graphic designer from Takasaki.




Haitian Art Exhibition

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Haitian Art Exhibition
at Kawasaki City Museum (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-09-02 - 2017-11-26)

Art from the Caribbean island nation of Haiti reflects the country’s beautiful natural setting, French colonial influence, and unique Hatian culture. With its vivid tropical colors, depictions of anthropomorphized animals, fantastic landscapes, and voodoo influence, Haitian art has attracted the interest of artists like leading Surrealist André Breton (1896-1966) and won international acclaim. Kawasaki City Museum showcases examples of Haiti’s vibrant art. [Events] Guided exhibition tour Date: Oct. 21 (Sat) 14:00–15:00 Family exhibition tour Date: Nov. 11 (Sat) 11:00–11:45 In Japanese. Please see the official website for reservations and details.




Hideyuki Kai “Horizon”

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Hideyuki Kai “Horizon”
at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-26)

Thirty color-pencil drawings depicting a “fleeting world existing between heaven and earth.”




Hikaru Narita “Ghost town”

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Hikaru Narita “Ghost town”
at TS4312 (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-03 - 2017-11-26)

Hikaru Narita started out as a sculptor, so it is not surprising that his graffiti works presented here have a particularly three-dimensional feel. In this solo exhibition, he breathes fresh life into parts of toys that typically end up in the garbage.




Ichibun Sugimoto “The world of book cover design”

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Ichibun Sugimoto “The world of book cover design”
at Striped House Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-11-26)




Impurity / Immunity

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Impurity / Immunity
at Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo (Chiyoda area)
(2017-10-14 - 2017-11-26)

“Impurity / Immunity” is a project that confronts the current era. In order to explore “coexistence” in contemporary society, which seems to be getting increasingly complex and chaotic, this exhibition introduces two concepts: “impurity” and “immunity.” Italian philosopher Roberto Esposito has described the conditions of a civilization whose people attempt to protect their own “identities” and “purities” to the extent that they end up causing their own extinction. Events such as 9.11 and the behavior of the Nazi Germany can in this way be referred to as such, and understood as a form of “auto-immunization. This said, there is the potential for anything to come into conflict with a particular immune system and become known as an “impurity.” In this sense, “coexistence” is characterized by a continuous tension between impurity and immunity.




Johnny Miller “Station to Station”

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Johnny Miller “Station to Station”
at 3331 Arts Chiyoda (Chiyoda area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-11-26)

In Franco De Masi’s concept of the unconscious he puts forward the idea that, as a part of our unconscious mind there is an emotional reservoir that never reaches the consciousness. This part of the mind underpins conscious thinking. De Masi says that it allows for an intuitive quality of thought, where ideas and experiences connect and relate. Without unconscious emotional underpinning he says that life’s poetry fades away and thinking becomes fragmented and disconnected. According to Miller’s friend Giles, De Masi’s idea has the capacity to make one think about picture making as a way to maintain a link with the unconscious emotional reservoir. Miller says of himself, “I think I use the commuting time between stations to enter into this state of intuitive picture making which forms the base of all my pictures lately.” Venue: B107




Johnny Miller “Station to Station”

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Johnny Miller “Station to Station”
at Bambinart Gallery (Chiyoda area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-11-26)

Solo exhibition by Johnny Miller, who was born in 1962 in Newcastle, England and currently lives and works in Osaka. He graduated with a Masters in Printmaking from the Royal College of Art, London. In Franco De Masi’s concept of the unconscious he puts forward the idea that, as a part of our unconscious mind there is an emotional reservoir that never reaches the consciousness. This part of the mind underpins conscious thinking. De Masi says that it allows for an intuitive quality of thought, where ideas and experiences connect and relate. Without unconscious emotional underpinning he says that life’s poetry fades away and thinking becomes fragmented and disconnected. According to Miller’s friend Giles, De Masi’s idea has the capacity to make one think about picture making as a way to maintain a link with the unconscious emotional reservoir. Miller says of himself, “I think I use the commuting time between stations to enter into this state of intuitive picture making which forms the base of all my pictures lately.”




Lazoo x Taboo1 “Brother from Another Mother”

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Lazoo x Taboo1 “Brother from Another Mother”
at The Blank Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-11-26)

Lazoo and Taboo1 met in 2003 at the International Graffiti Festival in Paris. Here in his first presentation in Japan, Lazoo will display an important series of drawings on paper that demonstrate the personality that forms the basis of his graffiti. In addition to this series in which the beauty of his lines is emphasized by sepia tones, there will be number of highly colorful works and silk screen prints on show. This is a long-awaited exhibition by two graffiti writers representing France and Japan that you won’t want to miss.




Matt Lock + Tai Ogawa “Doom Headz”

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Matt Lock + Tai Ogawa “Doom Headz”
at Calm & Punk Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-11-26)

Having survived 1999 and the millenium unharmed, the devastation of the apocalypse never coming to be, the human race has settled somewhat peacefully into the twenty-first century. Or so we thought until the advent of international terrorism. With this exhibition, the missile alarm finally sounds in Japan. “Doom Headz” brings together the work of American artist Matt Lock and Japanese artist Tai Ogawa, two people who depict catastrophic scenes in a way that appears as if they are predicting our near future.




Mayumi Iwade “Stripes”

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Mayumi Iwade “Stripes”
at Gallery Yume (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-11-26)

Mayumi Iwade has spent almost ten years painting stripes. In the last few years, she has produced works comprised of “layers” - of various stripes and basic figures that lay on top of one another - originating from an interest in optical illusions. A total of 10 brand new works of varying sizes will be on exhibit.




Naohiro Utagawa + Buku Akiyama “It Can Not Be Helped”

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Naohiro Utagawa + Buku Akiyama “It Can Not Be Helped”
at Talion Gallery (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Naohiro Utagawa produces photographs through improvisational editing and processing of the things around him, an irregular process he reflects in his works. He also creates installations bringing temporary formulations into their spaces. Buku Akiyama is a graphic designer who has worked on numerous artist books and catalogues while also practicing installation art since 2001. Both artists bring their own rules and approaches to this exhibition, which they will visit on and off to alter the continuously evolving space and set of works. A collection of photographs of the exhibition titled “photo unbound_003 Naohiro Utagawa: It can not be helped” will be published by edition.nord.




Shogo Omori Exhibition

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Shogo Omori Exhibition
at Tachikawa Blind Ginza Space Åtte (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-26)

Twenty five works by Shogo Omori, a landscape painter known for his warm, soft touch.




Tamako Kataoka “Expressions”

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Tamako Kataoka “Expressions”
at Hiratsuka Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-30 - 2017-11-26)

Tamako Kataoka continued to work on her “Expressions” series throughout her lifetime, depicting various historical figures such as military commanders of the Sengoku period (1467-1603), Zen Buddhist monks, and Ukiyo-e painters. Painted in the styles mimicking that which would have been customary during the actual lifetime of each subject, the expressions themselves are based on Kataoka’s impressions of what these individuals would do were they to be alive in the present day. This exhibition focuses on this series, presenting works held in the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama collection. [Related Events] Gallery Talk by the curator Event Date: Oct. 28 (Sat), Nov. 25 (Sat) 14:00-14:40 Venue: Exhibition Space 2 Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) *No booking required. *Event in Japanese.




Tamie Okuyama “Recollecting Clouds”

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Tamie Okuyama “Recollecting Clouds”
at Mizoe Art Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-11-26)

Tamie Okuyama presents paintings of clouds recollected from stories she was told during her travels around South America more than 40 years ago, in places such as the Lencois desert in Brazil. Visiting in the dry season, she did not see any of these clouds with her own eyes. Instead, these paintings are based on fabrications inspired by what she heard from locals.




Tank 100

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Tank 100
at Roppongi Hills (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-11-26)

Contemporary artist Shingo Katori takes part in this show at a pop-up gallery celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Cartier Tank watch. Katori presents the original works “Needs More Time” and “Hyaku Nen no fuuu.” inspired by the Tank.




Taro Yamanaka “Other Life”

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Taro Yamanaka “Other Life”
at Takashi Somemiya Gallery (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-11-26)

Taro Yamanaka depicts the human figures in his works so that they are tiny, the overall effect being akin to that of landscape painting. For this reason his paintings give the impression of objectivity - the bird’s-eye viewpoint making use of Western modes for creating perspective. Furthermore, there is no visual distortion of his subjects like that typical in ukiyo-e or anime works. It is clear that Yamanaka makes a consciousness effort to put equal emphasis on nature and humans.




The Beginnings of Japanese Pastels - Tsurunosuke Takeuchi, Chiyoji Yazaki, and their Contemporaries

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The Beginnings of Japanese Pastels - Tsurunosuke Takeuchi, Chiyoji Yazaki, and their Contemporaries
at Meguro Museum of Art (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-10-14 - 2017-11-26)

There are many artists who work with pastels and there have been since the Meiji Period (1868-1912). However, most of the works created to date have been on a small scale, classified as esquisses or types of sketches that focus on the unique qualities of pastels, which are faster to work with than oil paints in terms of application and drying out time, and can produce particularly subtle expressions of color. Pastels are also frequently used in combination with other painting materials to support other media. Consequently, the number of artists working specifically with pastels to create works that would not be achievable with any other medium is extremely limited. Tsurunosuke Takeuchi and Chiyoji Yazaki are among the few artists who have used pastels as their primary medium, and to this end they have established a dedicated following, their works considered as unparalleled by those of others. The shared ground between Takeuchi and Yazaki, two artists whose backgrounds and styles differ greatly, is their parallel effort to advance the medium of pastels manufactured in Japan. During in the Taisho Period (1912-1926) and start of the Showa era, when the domestic manufacture of various items such as industrial products grew, pastels that had previously been imported from countries like France and Germany began being made domestically, and Yazaki, a trained painter, began teaching with them. While Yazaki worked to spread the popularity of these pastels, Takeuchi also played a key pioneering role. Focusing in the work of these two artists, this exhibition will consider what they learned from European pastel works in the process of establishing their very own uniquely “Japan-ized” approaches. It will also focus on the creation of the pastels themselves, considering the materials as an important element in the process of “Japan-ization.”




Ulala Imai “Doskoi Kitchen”

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Ulala Imai “Doskoi Kitchen”
at XYZ Collective (Tokyo: Others area)
(2017-10-29 - 2017-11-26)







Zushi Art Festival 2017

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Zushi Art Festival 2017
at Zushi Beach (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-10-07 - 2017-11-26)

Zushi Art Festival 2017 presents more than 70 works including photography, painting, installation, and more by artists on the international scene. A public exhibition, culture festival, music, and other events will also be held. Please see the official website for details. Venues: Zushibunka Plaza Hall, Zushi Kaikan, Zushi Catholic Church, Kameoka Hachimangu Shrine, Zushi City Hall, Kotsubo Fishing Port, Kikuchi Bldg. 2, others




Yoshiyasu Tamura “Japanese Olympus”

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Yoshiyasu Tamura “Japanese Olympus”
at Takashimaya Shinjuku Art Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-15 - 2017-11-27)

Displaying works by comic book artist Yoshiyasu Tamura. [Event] 2. Copic workshop Date and Time: Nov. 24 (Fri) 16:00- Lecturer: Yoshiyasu Tamura, Katerina Rocky (Italy rukkamangasukuru) Participates: 10-12 people Target age: 11 years old or older *Reservation Required *Please see the official web site for further details.




Hayato Omori “Pump Up Painting”

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Hayato Omori “Pump Up Painting”
at TAV Gallery (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-11-28)

The young contemporary artist Hayato Omori paints while lifting a ten-kilo dumbbell. This is his first solo exhibition.




Kieka Kanba “Ω ohm”

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Kieka Kanba “Ω ohm”
at Radium von Roentgenwerke AG (Bakurocho area)
(2017-11-03 - 2017-11-28)

To date Kieka Kanba has based her work around the theme of the delicacy of human beings, expressing herself using a unique style of drawing. Here she will present paintings on the concept “Ω ohm” (a unit of electrical resistance). Kanba explores the presence of people who appear weak at first glance through her work; painting with faint colors, she draws subjects that find strength in weakness. This is the first time in four years that Kanba has held a solo exhibition.




Takashi Matsuhashi “Breath”

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Takashi Matsuhashi “Breath”
at Gallery Closet (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-16 - 2017-11-28)




kNOB Exhibition

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kNOB Exhibition
at Design Festa Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-22 - 2017-11-28)

This exhibition benefiting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees presents the work of watercolor artist kNOB.




2nd Daen Exhibition: Chaos, Waves, Destruction

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2nd Daen Exhibition: Chaos, Waves, Destruction
at Neues Asahi (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-11-29)

The second annual exhibition by the Daen-no-kai (Ellipses Association). Their works speak to breaking out of their shells in search of new creative expression, creating ripples that could turn into large waves amid today’s tumultuous society.




Václav Fiala “Ogasawara and other Japanese inspirations”

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Václav Fiala “Ogasawara and other Japanese inspirations”
at Czech Centre Tokyo (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2017-10-27 - 2017-11-29)

Painter, graphic designer and illustrator Václav Fiala (1896-1980) was an avant-garde artist who began working under David Burliuk, the founder of Russian Futurism, as an assistant of art history. After returning to Czechoslovakia, as it was then called, he studied at Max Švabinský’s art academy. In the early 1920’s, Fiela visited Japan together with the Burliuk family and other artists, producing several works under the guidance of his contemporaries during his stay. Both Fiela and Burliuk underwent an intensive two-year period of artistic production that impacted their subsequent activities following this. Here the work of Fiala, and his connection with Russian futurism in particular, in introduced in Japanese for the first time. [Related Events] Opening Event Event Date: Dec. 27 (Fri) 19:00- (doors open: 18:30) Speaker: Helena Capkova (Professor at Waseda University, curator of this exhibition) *For booking and further details on other events please see the official website.




15th Anniversary Exhibition: The Tree of Life

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15th Anniversary Exhibition: The Tree of Life
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-04-22 - 2017-11-30)

Trees remain a source of fascination to people even in contemporary times. For its 15th anniversary, the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum presents an exhibition focused on works from its collection on the theme of “the tree of life.” Trees have been depicted in culture throughout the ages. The Bible speaks of the “tree of life” and the “tree of knowledge.” Today not only painters and sculptors but other artists including photographers take up trees as their subjects, creating dialogues with them. Manabu Miyazaki, for instance, spent two years photographing a single hilltop persimmon tree in Nagano Prefecture, recording the changes in its landscape as the months and seasons went by. Seiichi Motohashi has documented the baobab trees of a Senegalese village and the people who live there in photographs and film, interpreting the meanings of the carvings on the trunks of the trees. Sculptor Shigeo Toya heads into forests of Japan with a chainsaw in pursuit of his art. Similarly, Koji Tanada converses with the wood he uses in his carvings of children and youth, imbuing them with the life of their materials. Furthermore, numerous painters feature trees in their works, portraying them on enormous canvases like figures in dreams. See how 15 contemporary artists bring life to their works in dialogue with trees. [Related Event] Performance Artist Kasetsu will give a performance on the theme of “the tree of life.” Artworks created during the performance will displayed at the exhibition. Date: April 28 (Fri) 13:30–15:30 Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




Machumayu Exhibition

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Machumayu Exhibition
at Gallery Seizan (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-30)

Loneliness, despair, desire, and pleasure are complicated and unstable emotions that exist inside us. Machumayu expresses them through the depiction of children and animals, comforting us and shedding light on our feelings.




Mai Shibata “Layered Landscapes”

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Mai Shibata “Layered Landscapes”
at Dai-ichi Life Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-06 - 2017-11-30)

A solo exhibition for 2013 VOCA Prize-winning painter Mai Shibata, who reconstructs landscapes according to their images as travel destinations and sites of historical events. Shibata uses her experience in printmaking to create layers and applies masking tape to form unique lattices of lines with scattered motifs telling stories and revealing psychological scenery.




Rieko Hidaka “Sky and Trees”

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Rieko Hidaka “Sky and Trees”
at The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-04-22 - 2017-11-30)

Rieko Hidaka is a painter active in the field of contemporary art who uses traditional materials common to Japanese-style painting, but avoids taking a conventional approach. Her paintings characteristically feature trees, depicting them from a very low vantage point. From her careful outdoor observation and sketches, Hidaka paints trees throughout the seasons in a large format, detailing countless tree trunks, branches, leaves, buds, nooks and crannies. Hidaka creates delicate and highly tonal monochromatic works by establishing layers of mineral pigment on the canvas. Though she has been painting trees since the 1980s, Hidaka’s work has evolved gradually over the years. For this event, her first solo exhibition at a museum in Japan since 2004, Hidaka will present her latest works in the “Distance from the Sky” series. In recent years the artist has paid attention to the display of her works, using methods to expand the space that is produced by the paintings. This is a chance to experience the unique feeling of being immersed in the space created both inside and outside of Hidaka’s works. [Related Events] Rieko Hidaka: Sky and Trees Opening Talk Event Event Date: Apr. 22 (Sat) 15:00-16:30 Venue: The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, Clematis no Oka Speakers: Rieko Hidaka, Keisuke Mori (Curator, The Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum) Capacity: 100 (booking required) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) Bookings can be made by telephone. *Event in Japanese *Please see official website for further details.




To the Future — Colors and Shapes that Move the Heart

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To the Future — Colors and Shapes that Move the Heart
at Itochu Aoyama Art Square (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-16 - 2017-11-30)

Itochu Aoyama Art Square presents To the Future — Colors and Shapes that Move the Heart, the third art project exhibition showcasing works by students with superior artistic talent who attend Tokyo Metropolitan schools for special needs education. On display are around 50 artworks with a diverse range of themes, selected from among 813 entries received from students enrolled in 69 schools and reviewed in cooperation with Fine Arts faculty at Tokyo University of the Arts.




UnJapan

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UnJapan
at Kanzan Gallery (Bakurocho area)
(2017-11-03 - 2017-11-30)

Exhibition curated of Philip Brophy, an artist who currently resides in Melbourne and has an in depth knowledge of Japanese art and culture of the past and present. Even now that internationalization, globalization and socializing online is a given, it is fair to say that there have been no major changes in the way that Japan is considered an “exotic” country by many in the West. Furthermore, contemporary Japanese art continues to be evaluated in relation to ukiyo-e, and the influence of “cartoons” and “animation” often emphasized. Since the Taisho era (1912-1926), Japanese art has been plagued by two big questions: what makes someone a ‘Japanese’ artist? And can Japanese artists create art that is not ‘all about Japan’? Here Brophy introduces the work of three Japanese artists who at the same time can also be considered “Unjapan” in their approach to transgressing cultural boundaries. [Related Event] Talk Event Date: Nov. 3 (Fri) 17:00- Speakers: Utako Shindo, Kazuna Taguchi, Hiroharu Mori, Philip Brophy Capacity: 20 (booking required) *Please see the official website for further details.




Yoko Takahashi Exhibition

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Yoko Takahashi Exhibition
at Gallery Saoh & Tomos B (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-11-30)

Venue: Gallery Saoh




Akinori Ito Exhibition

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Akinori Ito Exhibition
at Gallery Goto (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-12-02)




Daisuke Nishijima “In Search of True End”

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Daisuke Nishijima “In Search of True End”
at Awaji Cafe & Gallery (Chiyoda area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-02)

New paintings and sculptures inspired by the story “true end,” the climax in the story “Dog House” produced for Dommune.




Fumi Abe “Deep in the Night”

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Fumi Abe “Deep in the Night”
at Gallery Hirota Bijutsu (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-17 - 2017-12-02)

Face portraits in oils, craypas, pencil, candle wax, and other materials. These psychological self-portraits reflecting the soul of the artist take on universal properties as they resonate with the viewer.




Melissa la O’ “Eden”

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Melissa la O’ “Eden”
at Clear Edition & Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-10 - 2017-12-02)

First solo exhibition in Japan by Melissa la O’, an artist based in Makati City in the Philippines. In the words of art critic Jeppe Ugelvig, “Melissa la O’is a Filipino artist based in Manila, Philippines. Trained [as] an architect, she completed her studies at the SCI-Arc School of Architecture in Los Angeles in the 1990s, continuing to Columbia University in New York, after which she oversaw several international projects at the intersection between design, architecture, art, and science both in Manila and abroad. la O’s painterly practice departs from this cross-interdisciplinary methodology to broadly inquire into questions of space, place, and the possibilities of representation. Her large-scale works in oil depict abstracted scenes of nature, suggesting expanses of water, vegetation, and natural sediments, sometimes in direct reference to the tropical lands of her native Philippines. In this way, la O writes herself into the global and diverse histories of landscape painting, critiquing the pastoral romanticism of scenes of nature. Under la O’s treatment, nature is processed instead in architectural terms, deconstructed into indexical and organizational components, hinting to the viewer at the indexical impulse in all human perception of the non-human.“




Mikiko Kumazawa “Coming and Going”
Mikiko Kumazawa “Coming and Going” at Mizuma Art Gallery - Ichigaya (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area) (2017-11-01 - 2017-12-02) Mikiko Kumazawa is known for her depictions of the world that are at once subtle and overwhelming, mainly rendered in pencil. In her previous solo exhibition “Howl” (2015) the artist presented the largest work of her career to date, “Tree of Ogre’s Children,” which left an intensely strong impression upon viewers. Since last year, Kumazawa has been engaged in the new challenge of involving a uniquely distinctive element of color in her visual expression. The very first work created within this development, “World Food Tour,” won the 9th Suga Tatehiko Grand Prix. In this exhibition, Kumazawa will show three works, including “World Food Tour,” which embrace the new explorations in expressive color, as well as various pencil drawings. Whether it’s sprawling city townscapes, rampantly growing plants, or a picture plane packed to the brim with food, Kumazawa depicts scenes in which the everyday world that surrounds us has undergone a transformation. In the midst of these strange environments of continuous propagation and transformation, people appear not to be questioning the situation but instead to calmly accept it. Today, as the sense of both virtual reality and artificial reality’s presence in our lives increases year on year, and as every message we post on social media is recorded as indisputable actuality, there is the sense of a gap gradually emerging between our experiences of the landscapes of the real and the memories of reality. Given the pan-focus with which Kumazawa’s works are subtly depicted, and her continuously expanding landscapes, perhaps it is precisely their surplus of transformation that makes these compositions in fact a sincere and accurate method of depicting the world of this generation. This is unique [...]



Naoto Hashida Exhibition

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Naoto Hashida Exhibition
at Gallery Ju-ichi gatsu (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-12-02)

People throughout the ages live within a system where history repeats itself and gets passed on. A new system is born each day, changing shape, with future generations deciding what is good or bad about that system.




Ryota Shimamoto Exhibition

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Ryota Shimamoto Exhibition
at Gallery N Kanda Branch (Chiyoda area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-02)

Ryota Shimamoto marks artworks using both his own body and materials related closely to his person, whether it’s creating brushes comprised of body hair, bandaging up his entire body, or producing paintings of new and original spectral beings inspired by foreign loan words in the Japanese language. He studied pottery at university and often adopts craft approaches while working various genres such as painting, photography, and video. A lineup of recent works are presented here. [Related Event] Artist Talk Event Date: Nov. 11 (Sat) 18:00- Speaker: Kinpei Nakamura (ceramicist at Tokyo Pottery, professor at Tama Art University) *Event in Japanese.




Tatsuto Horikoshi “Silent Paintings”

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Tatsuto Horikoshi “Silent Paintings”
at Ohshima Fine Art (Chiyoda area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-02)







Three Autumns

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Three Autumns
at Hideharu Fukasaku Gallery Roppongi (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-11-20 - 2017-12-02)

Displaying works by three Korean artists.




Tomoaki Ishihara “Mirror Behind Hole: Photography into Sculpture vol. 5”

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Tomoaki Ishihara “Mirror Behind Hole: Photography into Sculpture vol. 5”
at Gallery αM (Bakurocho area)
(2017-10-28 - 2017-12-02)

For Tomoaki Ishihara the constitution of the self is a single, repetitive process comprised of embodying things, visualizing the body, and realizing images as tangible entities. In the style of Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa, the result of this - the “work” - is an attempt to expand the finiteness of the body by using various materials and forms. In this exhibition Ishihara will experiment with two different approaches, producing a self-portrait with hair on fabric, and another three-dimensional portrait seamlessly produced using a 3D printer. [Related Events] Talk Event Event Date: Oct. 28 (Sat) 18:00-19:00 Speaker: Tomoaki Ishihara (artist), Yuri Mitsuda (curator at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art) Venue: gallery αM Admission: Free *The opening reception will follow the talk event. *Event in Japanese.




Aiko Fukawa “Small Windows”

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Aiko Fukawa “Small Windows”
at L'illustre Galerie Le Monde (Shibuya area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-12-03)

Displaying and selling illustrations by Aiko Fukawa, including new works. 2018 calendars and other merchandise are also available.




Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art

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Amazing Craftsmanship! From Meiji Kogei to Contemporary Art
at Mitsui Memorial Museum (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

Exhibition focusing on newly accredited exceptional works of Meiji Kogei craft from the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum collection of Masayuki Murata, as well as inspired and technically impressive works by contemporary artists who have inherited the DNA of Meiji forerunners working in the craft tradition. Many of these current artists are still largely unknown, but 100 or 200 years from now the value of their craftsmanship is sure to be recognized. This collaboration between Meiji Crafts and contemporary art invites a re-evaluation of traditional crafts within the so-called hierarchy of art and the art history discipline. Discover for yourself how the transcendental DNA of uniquely Japanese crafts has been passed on. [Related Events] Night Museum The museum will be open until 19:00 every Friday as well as Sep. 30 (Sat) during the exhibition period “Eco Edo Nihombashi 2017: Yukata Art Aquarium” Mitsui Memorial Museum has teamed up with Eco Edo Nihombashi 2017 so that those who turn up to the exhibition wearing kimono or yukata, or have an admission ticket to an Art Aquarium 2017 event, will be able to enjoy a special discount: Adults: ¥1000, University and high school students ¥600.




Asako Tsuyuki Exhibition

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Asako Tsuyuki Exhibition
at Donichi Garoh (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-16 - 2017-12-03)

By depicting vegetables in large magnification, Asako Tsuyuki creates a totally new framework that allows us to consider these objects in a way that is separate from their role as food stuffs. A total of 11 oil paintings will be on display.




Kana Otsuki “A Sector of Alive / A Fragment of Death”

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Kana Otsuki “A Sector of Alive / A Fragment of Death”
at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo (Shinjuku area)
(2017-11-03 - 2017-12-03)

Kana Otsuki uses acrylic paint to depict motifs such girls, chrysalises, and houses in a way that appears hollow or empty, mirroring the vacuous nature of contemporary Japan. Here in this solo exhibition she addresses the theme of “home” - the place where she lives - and through this confirms her own existence while also exploring the views held by family and those around her regarding life and death. Venue: B1 Floor, Art Complex Center




Keisuke Jinba “My Belongings”

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Keisuke Jinba “My Belongings”
at Block House (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-18 - 2017-12-03)

Keisuke Jinba often draws his belongings. In fact, according to the artist, he draws what he wears or has around him. He says, “It is not that I simply want to draw my belongings. Probably I draw my belongings because I came to think hard about my desire to draw the “relationship between my experience and my belongings and time we spend together,” that is to say, the sense of my “attachment” to them and “time with them.”” Belongings reflect the taste and the trend of the time, level of living and the position of the owner. The act of owning means the experience of being an owner and the actual relationship with the thing, which changes as the relationship gets interrupted on occasion and then reconnects in a deeper sense. The act of drawing allows one to confirm how they think what is happening in front of them, what they are looking at, and what appears to them, again and again. Thinking about your belongings is like the act of drawing. Jinba believes he can make something that is similar to a portrait that reflects the current condition of the owner through thinking about their belongings when drawing the pictures.




Luis Mendo “Plants & Girls”

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Luis Mendo “Plants & Girls”
at Clouds Art + Coffee (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-12-03)

One year after his first solo show, Luis Mendo will be showing a collection of drawings which aim to be a homage to the powers of Nature, Growth, Beauty and Femininity. Drawings on flags, handkerchiefs, gallery quality prints and some originals. Also on display there will be some small items for sale like tattoos and little books.




Makiko Masutani “Light Relief”

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Makiko Masutani “Light Relief”
at ANA InterContinental Tokyo (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-14 - 2017-12-03)

Artworks are displayed in front of the first floor lobby escalator, in the elevator hall and on the pillar in front of the second floor reception, and in the corridor and elevator hall by the third floor restaurant.




Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension

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Marc Chagall: The Third Dimension
at Tokyo Station Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

Marc Chagall is famous as a painter and engraver, but in his later years he also created many sculptures. This is the first exhibition in Japan to offer an in-depth look at his sculptures. Based on the distinctive traits of Chagall’s sculptures, which have a deep connection with his two-dimensional works, this exhibition guides the visitor around the three-dimensional world of Marc Chagall, displaying his sculptures along with related sketches and paintings, as well as works based on the same themes. The exhibition is made up of 60 sculptures and ceramics, 70 oil and watercolor paintings, and 40 sketches and prints. Many of the exhibits have not been displayed in Japan before, making this a precious opportunity to see new facets of Marc Chagall’s art.




Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji “Dance of Autumn Color”

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Masuo Ikeda × Chiaki Shuji “Dance of Autumn Color”
at Park Hotel Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-08-28 - 2017-12-03)

This exhibition featuring the work of colorists (color artists) Masuo Ikeda and Chiaki Shuji expresses vibrant autumn colors. At the entrance on the 25th floor, you’ll be greeted with a six-panel folding screen by Ikeda, and can enjoy the contrast with the colorful works of Shuji that decorate the opposite wall. At the second exhibition venue, located in the elevator hall and Gallery Room on the 31st floor, you’ll see Shuji’s dancing watercolors, while in the six windows of the corridor, lithographs with Ikeda’s vivid colorings will be exhibited. The collaboration work produced by these two artists, which will be exhibited at the atrium style lobby and the winding corridor on 31st floor, will allow you feel the splendor of the changing seasons. Enjoy the beauty of Japan in the sunshine and beneath the moonlight.




My BooK Vol. 6

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My BooK Vol. 6
at Dazzle (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-11-21 - 2017-12-03)

Presenting books by a variety of illustrators.




Raw Signals: The Current Form of Portraiture

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Raw Signals: The Current Form of Portraiture
at Koganei Art Spot Chateau 2F (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-11-11 - 2017-12-03)

This exhibition curated by artist Goro Murayama, who in October returned from a Culture Ministry-sponsored trip to research emerging art in Vienna, presents portraits in a variety of media by promising young artists born in the 1980s and 1990s. These new works shed light on perceptions of symbols in the art of Japan. [Event] Talk by Seiichi Hanamura (psychiatrist) Date: Dec. 3 (Sun) 15:00–17:00




Research Project on Fine Arts and Education in Japan - For the enhancement of the arts and cultural infrastructure: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso
Research Project on Fine Arts and Education in Japan - For the enhancement of the arts and cultural infrastructure: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” - Pablo Picasso at The University Art Museum - Tokyo University of the Arts (Ueno, Yanaka area) (2017-11-17 - 2017-12-03) This exhibition presents a valuable opportunity to get to know the Japanese art education system through works produced by children attending kindergarten, elementary, junior high and high school students, those currently studying at university, and practicing artists. In the present age where values ​​are becoming increasingly diversified, it is essential that art education nurture the individuality and imagination of individuals in order to encourage young persons to “express themselves vibrantly” and awaken creative power within society. In thinking about the future of art education, this project offers a chance to reconsider the variety of artistic expression taught during early childhood and right through to further education. [Related Event] Special Symposium: Japan, Fine Arts, Education Event Date: Nov. 17 (Fri) 14:00-16:00 Venue: 1F Painting and Department of Fine Arts Building, Tokyo University of the Arts Speakers: Katsuhiko Hibino, Noboru Tsubaki, Naoya Hatakeyama, Kazuyuki Hashimoto, Masato Nakamura *Please see the official website for further[...]



The Golden Age of Botanical Art – Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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The Golden Age of Botanical Art – Flowers from the Collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
at Intermediatheque (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-12-03)

The first of the “Intermediatheque Natural History Series,” this exhibition is a unique opportunity for audiences in Japan to appreciate 28 botanical artworks from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’s great collection. The concept combines historical botanical artworks from Kew with scientific botanical specimens held at the University of Tokyo, a leading institution in botanical studies. It will communicate the beauty and richness of “Natural History,” as seen through the eyes of both botanical artists and botanists. [Related Events] Talk Series Event Dates: Sep. 29 (Fri) 18:00-19:30, Oct. 22 (Sun) 14:00-15:30, Oct. 27 (Fri) 18:00-19:30, Nov. 10 (Fri) 18:00-19:30. *In Japanese only.