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7th Emerging Artists Exhibition: Second Presentation

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7th Emerging Artists Exhibition: Second Presentation
at Atelier, Kawaguchi Art Gallery (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-24)

This competition promotes the cultural arts by discovering and cultivating the talent of emerging artists. Following on from the 6th event in the series, which called for the participation of artists looking to express new values ​​and perspectives by relating to people and places, this exhibition will offer a second presentation of works by those who passed the first round of judging.




Akane Nakajima “Swim In The Garden”

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Akane Nakajima “Swim In The Garden”
at Vacant (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-08-28 - 2017-09-24)

Born in Tokyo in 1992, Akane Nakajima won the 11th “1_WALL” Graphics Competition Grand Prize and held a solo exhibition at Guardian Garden (Ginza) while still a student at Musashino Art University, Collage of Art and Design, Department of Visual Communication Design. Since graduating she has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions centering in Tokyo as well as produced book illustrations. Although Nakajima’s work is abstract it gives viewers a sense of the power of life, like the way a plant or living creature does, filled with a charming ambiguity and indecisiveness that transcends words and appeals to raw emotions. This randomly structured exhibition will present a lineup of works that Nakajima has continued to work on over the years, as well as new pieces produced using woodcut techniques. In order to encourage the possibility of various interpretations of her work, the artist herself will replace and rearrange the artworks on display during the exhibition period, allowing them to take on the form of living organisms. A limited number of new prints will be for sale at the venue.




Arcimboldo: Nature Into Art

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Arcimboldo: Nature Into Art
at National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-06-20 - 2017-09-24)

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593) was a painter born in Milan, Italy and active in the latter half of the 16th century at the Hapsburg court in Vienna and later in Prague. Arcimboldo was a multifaceted “court entertainer”, whose unique and whimsical works gained favor with Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor and lover of rare artworks. Arcimboldo’s name is primarily and widely remembered as the creator of numerous allegorical portraits, where the subject’s form is made up of a truly ingenious combination of unrelated motifs, such as fruit, vegetables, fish and books. These strange, cipher-like paintings, in which it is hard to separate the interactions between fantasy and reason, surprise, stimulate and amuse the senses and invite interpretation. They proved to be a major stimulus for the Surrealists and later artists of the 20th century. The approximately 100 works in this exhibition — arranged around a core of drawings and about 10 oil paintings by Arcimboldo lent by major museums worldwide — will help viewers understand the secrets behind his creation of an imaginary world, along with his influence on his successors. We hope that visitors will enjoy this first introduction in Japan of Arcimboldo’s weirdly witty and wonderful artistry.




Ascending Art Annual Vol.1: Appearances - What’s typical and what can be imagined

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Ascending Art Annual Vol.1: Appearances - What’s typical and what can be imagined
at Spiral (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-12 - 2017-09-24)

This brand new group exhibition series titled “Ascending Art Annual” focuses predominantly on highly anticipated rising female artists who are expected to impact the art scene in the near future, embodying the concept of the upward spiral that is at the heart of this architectural space. The inaugural exhibition will address how we respond when we meet strangers. The first time we encounter someone, we attempt to form a general picture by gauging them based on the information we get from their appearance, relying on our understanding of what is typical or expected and passing judgments based on prejudice. This exhibition encourages a broadening of the mind and the imagination through the works of five as yet fairly unknown artists all working in different media and taking diverse approaches. Venue: Spiral Garden, Spiral 1F [Related Events] Talk Program The 5 participating artists will hold a talk session on the opening day. Event Date: Sep. 12 (Tue) 17:00-18:30 Venue: Spiral Garden, Spiral 1F Speakers: Chie Aoki, Haruka Aramaki, Saya Irie, Sajik Kim, Akane Saijo Admission: Free (no booking required) *Event in Japanese




Barbara Rosene “New York Jazz Scenes”

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Barbara Rosene “New York Jazz Scenes”
at Hiromart Gallery Tokyo (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-08-18 - 2017-09-24)

Exhibition of paintings by Barbara Rosene, American jazz vocalist and self-taught painter. This is Rosene’s debut solo exhibition in Japan and features her brand new paintings produced specially for this occasion.




Chaos Lounge 9 “Vapor Hell”

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Chaos Lounge 9 “Vapor Hell”
at Billiken Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-24)

Uso Fujishiro’s Chaos Lounge is back again this year, offering another experimental exhibition with more than 25 up-and-coming artists contributing, including everyone from sculptors, photographers, and videographers to illustrators. The title, “Vapor Hell” is inspired by the Vapourwave genre of music and well as the idea of vapor being something that can obstruct one’s vision. Meanwhile, the hell portion of the title challenges the trend for dreamy, life affirming visions of the digital future, instead evoking a more energetic dimension.




Charles Munka “Lingua Franca”

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Charles Munka “Lingua Franca”
at Institut français du Japon - Tokyo (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-08-30 - 2017-09-24)

Charles Munka is known as a painter active in both Switzerland and Hong Kong’s art scenes. Most recently he has begun working out of Tokyo, and this solo exhibition presenting his latest works will be his first held in the capital. Munka’s sophisticated practice is informed by a combination of movements such as Europe’s Arte Povera, groups that include Gutai (Japan), and styles such as Tansaekhwa, which emerged in Korea in the mid-1970s. He weaves together this historical background with contemporary internet culture, pursing a unique aesthetic of his own making.




Esperanza Meeting Vol.5

Esperanza Meeting Vol.5
at Gallery Kabutoya (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-12 - 2017-09-24)

[Exhibition Schedule] Part 1 Dates: Sep. 12 (Tue) - 17 (Sun) Artists: Keisuke Toda, Yoshiro Sawada, Chinami Miura Part 2 Dates: Sep. 19 (Tue) - 24 (Sun) Artists: Masamichi Suzuki, Ken Takemura, Mikako Todaka, Kazue Yokoyama, Rafael Lima Itoh




Fantastic Art in Belgium: From Bosch and Margueritte to Jan Fabre

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Fantastic Art in Belgium: From Bosch and Margueritte to Jan Fabre
at Bunkamura Museum of Art (Shibuya area)
(2017-07-15 - 2017-09-24)

The region that we now know as Belgium, and the areas that surround it, saw paintings on fantastic themes emerge and flourish on top of the traditional pictorial realism that had been developing since the late medieval period. Although these works portray fanciful imaginary worlds, the demons, monsters and other grotesque creatures drawn by the Flemish painters — heirs to Bosch and Bruegel’s legacies — possess a vivid and lifelike presence due to their realistic depiction. This exhibition documents the lineage of the fantastic art in this region that gave birth to this particular world, showcasing works from first-class collections located both in Japan and overseas. Roughly 500 years of Belgian art history is covered, beginning with Flemish paintings from the end of 15th century, moving on through to 19th–century symbolism, and finally presenting works by contemporary artists.




Introduction to the Tokugawa Shogunate

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Introduction to the Tokugawa Shogunate
at Edo-Tokyo Museum (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-08-11 - 2017-09-24)

Ieyasu Tokugawa, the victor of the Battle of Sekigahara, received appointment as shogun in 1603. He abdicated after two years, and his son Hidetada Tokugawa became the first shogunate and second shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty, which went on to rule for many generations. Controlled by this shogunate and various other clans, the Edo period (1603-1868) was an era with little fighting and relative calm. During its more than 260-year history, the technique of numerous crafts, such as lacquer arts, dyeing, weaving, and metalworking were carefully refined, and a variety of aesthetic approaches emerged that proved to be greatly influential on Japan’s culture and lifestyle. This exhibition will showcase items from among the materials in the Tokugawa Memorial Foundation collection that relate to the fifteen generations of shogunate rulers.




Kiyoshi Nakagamai Exhibition

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Kiyoshi Nakagamai Exhibition
at Galerie Paris (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-12 - 2017-09-24)

Paintings by Kiyoshi Nakagamai, an artist who has spent most of his life living and working around Yokohama and Kanagawa. He recently moved to Chiba but feels he will be back.




Leonardo da Vinci e Michelangelo

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Leonardo da Vinci e Michelangelo
at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-06-17 - 2017-09-24)

For artists in 15th century Italy, drawing(disegno in Italian) was one of the most basic and important art forms to show their techniques. This is the first exhibition in Japan to compare the beautiful drawings of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti, such as Da Vinci’s study for the Angel in Vergine delle rocce (The Virgin of the Rocks) and Michelangelo’s head study for Leda and the Swan. As well as drawings, the exhibition will also feature around 65 pieces (30 have never been exhibited in Japan), including oil paintings, manuscripts, and letters centered on works from Biblioteca Reale in Turin and Casa Buonarroti in Florence.




Masahide Kudo “I Have Been in the Forest”

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Masahide Kudo “I Have Been in the Forest”
at Gallery Yume (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-24)

Oil painted fabrics exploring subconscious memories and events.




Picasso and Chagall: Imaginary Dialogues

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Picasso and Chagall: Imaginary Dialogues
at Pola Museum of Art (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-03-18 - 2017-09-24)

This exhibition presenting the work of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) and Marc Chagall (1887-1985) commemorates the museum’s 15th anniversary. Picasso and Chagall developed their distinctive styles in Paris when the city was the center of avant-garde creativity at the beginning of 20th century. Both men were affected by upheavals in their homelands and by the two world wars, though they continued to work prolifically throughout their lifetimes. Picasso famously said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.” He repeatedly introduced innovations with his strong lines and distorted objects. Chagall gained recognition as a painter of color and stories through the light-filled narrative landscapes of his hometown. The two painters were both leading artists of the 20th century, each in their own unique way. This exhibition brings together around 80 works, mainly paintings, by the two men in order to explore their creative trajectories and attitudes towards peace. [Related Events] “Maha Harada Talk Event: Now Is The Time To Talk About Guernica” “Guernica (tapestry),” one of the highlights of this exhibition, is a woven work based on Picasso’s famous mural painting “Guernica,” which he produced in response to the indiscriminate air strikes carried out over Guernica, in the Basque region of Spain. Novelist Maha Harada will speak in front of the tapestry, which makes an appearance in her book “Guernica Uncovered.” Event Date: Apr. 22 (Sat) 16:30-18:30 Venue: Pola Art Museum Exhibition Space & Auditorium Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) Bookings can be made as on Mar. 18 (Sat) via the official website of the Peatix website: http://peatix.com/event/245736 (opens Mar. 18) *Event in Japanese. “Chagall’s Loves: A Week of Events” 1. Aroma Workshop: Create your own perfume Event Date: Apr. 30 (Sun) Admission: ¥1500 (exhibition admission ticket also required) 2. Talk event & concert of music from Chagall’s hometown Event Date: May 3 (Wed) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) 3. The lives of Picasso and Chagall - the greatest artists of the 20th century: Talk event by the Museum Director Event Date: May 4 (Thu) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) 4. Enjoy the fresh greenery: Observing spring nature Event Date: May 5 (Fri) Admission: Free (exhibition admission ticket required) *Events in Japanese. *See official website for further details.




Railroad Siding 2017

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Railroad Siding 2017
at Former Tokorozawa-shi Dai-ni Gakko Kyusyoku Center (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-08-26 - 2017-09-24)

Tokorozawa City in Saitama Prefecture has a history of hosting experimental and independent exhibitions by contemporary artists. This event is the sixth edition of Railroad Siding, a bi-annual art festival that was initiated by local artists in 2008. Unlike with most large-scale art exhibitions, there is no unified theme or direction determining this event. Instead, artists and critics active in various fields will come together to face each other on the site of a former school dinner center, creating their expressions from scratch. This event has three strands: ① Exhibition taking place in an alternative non-gallery/museum setting, namely a former school dinner center (closed in 2009, used as emergency supply store since 2011). ② “Another Place for Expression” book to be published following the exhibition (including various essays and photographs documenting the event). ③ Talk events with various artists and writers scheduled throughout the exhibition period. *Please see the official website for further details on related events.




Tadanori Shibamiya Exhibition

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Tadanori Shibamiya Exhibition
at Sakura City Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-08-05 - 2017-09-24)

Introducing the works of Tadanori Shibamiya (b. 1938), an oil painter from Nagano Prefecture who lived in Sakura, Chiba for 25 years until his death in 2007. Shibamiya also produced illustrations for Pen and children’s magazines. This exhibition surveys his career, presenting his oil paintings, watercolors, and other works featuring vibrant colors, landscapes, and recurring tree motifs.




Tokyo ○△□

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Tokyo ○△□
at Gallery Conceal (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-24)

Works by artists capturing Tokyo’s ins and outs and ups and downs.




Touch

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Touch
at Smart Ship Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-24)

Group exhibition by nine 30-year-old female artists who are active in various fields, such as design, art, graphics, space design, art direction for stage and film, and illustration. The title “touch” refers not only the idea of physical contact but also references encounters, feelings, and expressions. The works here depict such moments from the lives of these artists as experienced in the first decade or so of their adulthood. Artists: Keiko Ichihara, Hiromi Tanabe, Ayano Ueki, Chihiro Murayama, Miho Kikuma, Chihiro Suzuki, Ayano Igarashi, Haruna Aoki, Michio Ishii




Whole9 “Transit”

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Whole9 “Transit”
at Mograg Gallery (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-09-02 - 2017-09-24)

Whole9 has spent the last decade at the forefront of street art in Japan! See how he continues his journey, seeking fresh encounters with the unknown. [Related Events] Closing Party Event Date: Sep. 24 (Sun)




Wonders vol.3 In & Out

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Wonders vol.3 In & Out
at Spiral (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-04 - 2017-09-24)

Works by three contemporary artists offer insight into the mysteries of Japan’s so-called “closed” society and the complexity of its traditional approach to the concept of the group and the individual. The title “In and Out” refers specifically to “Uchi-Soto” - meaning “inside” and “outside” (of the group) - a rule considered fundamental to the organization of Japanese society and the attitude of its citizens. Discover the works of these three up-and-coming creatives who unveil another side to Japanese culture, shedding light on unconscious group formations and the bias of personal taste as developed within consumer society. Venue: Mina-to, Spiral 1F




Yamyam “Koinu Koinu”

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Yamyam “Koinu Koinu”
at L'illustre Galerie Le Monde (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-24)

Charming freehand drawings featuring puppies by the Kansai-based illustrator Yamyam. Orders for 2018 calendars accepted.




Yurika Kinoshita “After All I Am Happy”

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Yurika Kinoshita “After All I Am Happy”
at Makii Masaru Fine Art (Bakurocho area)
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-24)

Contemporary artist Yurika Kinoshita produces abstract expressions in paint using her own unique flower motif. [Related Events] Snack Bar “Maboroshi” Event Date: Sep. 2 (Sat) Tea Ceremony Event Date: Sep. 23 (Sat) Organized in collaboration with a flower artist Yuji Ueno.




Anna Tsubaki “Women with Sake - Tsubaki and Sake: Director’s Cut”

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Anna Tsubaki “Women with Sake - Tsubaki and Sake: Director’s Cut”
at Gallery Little High (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-25)

Anna Tsubaki is a contemporary female ukiyo-e teacher who produces striking and highly original contemporary prints with a distinctive expression of modernity and Japanese culture. They feature three key themes they are namely, “Nippon,” a concept that harks by the Japan of the Edo era, rock, and eroticism. See her depictions of beautiful women, at times dashing and cool, at others mysterious and sexy, drunk on exquisite sake. Approximately 30 ukiyo-e works will be introduced, including those featuring her signature “kappa” girl.




Ground Under

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Ground Under
at Sezon Art Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-18 - 2017-09-25)

Eleven cutting-edge contemporary artists explore the city’s “wealth of provisions” in relation to architecture, engineering, natural disasters, and the Olympics. Curator and participating artist Yuta Akiyama is involved with the Barrackout project centered around a Koto Ward house to be demolished. In this exhibition he again seeks out overlaps between the present and memories of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and the Tokyo airstrikes by reimagining the space as a barrack. He also presents a new installment of his “Jizodo Shufuku” (restored Buddhist sanctuary) originally presented in Fukushima. [Event] Live Painting by Whole9 Date: Sep. 18 (Mon, public holiday) 19:00–22:00 Admission: 1500 yen




Kazue Nagato Exhibition

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Kazue Nagato Exhibition
at Sogo Yokohama Art Gallery (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-25)

Displaying 30 new works by Kazue Nagato, a painter inspired by horses since growing up on a ranch as a child. Her oil paintings capture the gentleness, beauty, and powerful dynamism of these beasts.




Makoto Oneta Exhibition

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Makoto Oneta Exhibition
at Sogo Yokohama Art Gallery (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-25)

Oil paintings by Makoto Oneta.




Takeshi Tanaka “Nan-Puk”

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Takeshi Tanaka “Nan-Puk”
at Nihonbashi Takashimaya 6F / X Art Gallery (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-06 - 2017-09-25)

Thirty new works inspired by the Nihonga paintings of Okyo Maruyama.




Trax Selection 2017 Vol. 2

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Trax Selection 2017 Vol. 2
at Gallery Trax (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-25)

[Event] Violin concert by Takanori Niimura Date: Sep. 17 (Sun) 15:00




Exhibition focusing on new acquisitions in the Arts Maebashi collection

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Exhibition focusing on new acquisitions in the Arts Maebashi collection
at Arts Maebashi (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-06-15 - 2017-09-26)

Arts Maebashi’s acquisitions policy focuses on collecting works by artists connected to the area or associated with the organization and their activities, such as exhibitions. New works purchased in 2016 include those by sculptor Kaoru Ikeda and painter Tokio Ida, as well as Shinya Kogure, Satoshi Hirose and Seihyo Tanaka. A number of these works will be presented here alongside other pieces already a part of the Arts Maebashi collection. [Related Events] Children’s Art Expedition Date: June 26 (Sun) 14:00- Venue: Meet in front of the General Information desk located on the 1st floor of Arts Maebashi Admission: Free *Suitable for elementary school students and under. *Event in Japanese




Granick Exhibition

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Granick Exhibition
at Isetan Shinjuku Store (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-09-26)

Introducing the detailed and delicate works of Granick, who also practices as an architect. Enjoy his European views full of personality. Venue: Art & Frame, 5F Main Building




Kana Ohtsuki + Kuniko Kinoto “Home & Stone - Whereabouts of the spirit-dwelling object - ”

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Kana Ohtsuki + Kuniko Kinoto “Home & Stone - Whereabouts of the spirit-dwelling object - ”
at Paku Paku An (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-21 - 2017-09-26)

In its annual two-artist exhibitions, Paku Paku An encourages a type of chemistry to develop between artworks of vastly different genres by bringing together artists active in diverse fields. This installment will present the works of Kana Ohtsuki, a painter and illustrator popular across various media, and Kuniko Kinoto, a ceramicist who is also a member of the Hyouge Jissaku Extreme Potters Group. With the brand new works on exhibit here these two creators search for a common outlook, which began from the moment of their first encountered. Otsuki has long been depicting a contemporary sense of emptiness through the girls that appear in her works, and since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami has expressed the subsequent era of transformation through the image of the chrysalis. In the attempt to embody the form of contemporary Japan, her most recent motif is that of the home. Meanwhile, Kinoto has developed the style of his ceramics by adding various processes to the glazing stage, producing works that resemble naturally-formed stones by manipulating pigments and other elements. This idea was originally inspired by a stone that he received as a souvenir from overseas. At first Kinoto considered the stone to be a fake, but such stones are now recognized as “precious stones” or “gemstones,” and though they are man made, it seems that they also signify something beyond human existence. Stones can be understood as the foundations of the homes in which we live. Discover for yourself the unique chemistry that forms between the works of these two distinct artists.




Naomi Shigeta “Only the silence remains”

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Naomi Shigeta “Only the silence remains”
at Gallery Closet (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-14 - 2017-09-26)




Nobuto Fukutsu “Dissolving Patterns”

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Nobuto Fukutsu “Dissolving Patterns”
at AL (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-26)

Nobuto Fukutsu is interested in patterns in painting and the ways they can be abstracted and broken down. Around 30 of his recent works are on display and for sale, including pieces from a new series and drawings culminating from his artistic thought process.




Secrets of Art – Five Approaches to Encountering Me

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Secrets of Art – Five Approaches to Encountering Me
at Arts Maebashi (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-07-21 - 2017-09-26)

This Collection+ exhibition features works by young artists along with pieces from Arts Maebashi’s collection. It invites visitors to rediscover parts of themselves by letting the artworks remind them of their own origins, memories, and past experiences. The secrets of art lie not within the artworks themselves but in the messages the viewer receives from them.




Taishi Hatayama “Astray in Time”

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Taishi Hatayama “Astray in Time”
at Sezon Art Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-02 - 2017-09-26)

Taishi Hatayama’s works are best described as being paintings of light within a truncated landscape. You will find yourself asking whether on these canvases there is an act of superimposition in his production process, which is based on his experience in seeking light in an examination of the ocular fundus. In the exchange of developing thoughts on the surface of the canvas, you will discover a phenomenon that can’t be grasped by the eyes alone - indeed when we face the painting there is a centripetal force drawing us into it. The work in this exhibition incorporates the waxing tranquillity seen up to now in his dynamic expression, on the surface of the canvas large and small brushstrokes evoking boldly wild light that is in the process of being drawn into darkness with an unknown depth. Venue: 1F Sezon Art Gallery




Time Pieces

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Time Pieces
at Isetan Shinjuku Store (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-09-26)

“Time” comes into being and disappears according to the way it is carved out and accounted for by clocks. The way that time is felt and understood, however, varies from person to person. This exhibition presents works in various media that express time as each of the artists experiences it. Venue: 5F Art Gallery, Main Building [Related Events] “Writing Clock” Demonstration & Talk Event with Kango Suzuki (creator of the Karakuri Clock) Event Time: Sep. 23 (Sat) 14:00-14:40 *Event in Japanese




Mayumi Arai + Dan Isomura “Final Exhibition of London Tokyo Y-AIR Exchange Program 2017”

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Mayumi Arai + Dan Isomura “Final Exhibition of London Tokyo Y-AIR Exchange Program 2017”
at Youkobo Art Space (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-09-27)

Mayumi Arai and Dan Isomura will hold an exhibition and presentation for their final activities of the London/Tokyo Y-AIR Exchange Program. They have just finished their residency and studio program in London (Acme Studios) and Tokyo (Youkobo Art Space). Venue: Studio 3




Dohei Fujinoki + Tomo Shimizu Exhibition

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Dohei Fujinoki + Tomo Shimizu Exhibition
at Kakiden Gallery (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-23 - 2017-09-29)

For his first exhibition at this gallery, ceramicist Dohei Fujinoki will be teaming up with young female artist Tomo Shimizu. At first glance Fujinoki’s works are obviously examples of Karatsu Ware, but what is also apparent as you keep looking is their modern appearance that is full of personality. Shimizu is an up-and-coming abstract painter whose work typically features motifs such as the sky, the sun and celestial bodies. See how the practice of these two artists comes together here.




John Zurier “At the very end of the blue sky”

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John Zurier “At the very end of the blue sky”
at The Club (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-07-14 - 2017-09-29)

John Zurier has been showing his monochromatic abstract compositions since the 1980s. His works are built up layer by layer with various colors of alternately opaque and translucent oil paint. The final appearance of a picture depends on the pigments’ unique tones and transparencies. His paintings reflect both a deep interest in the process of painting and sensitivity to color, light and space. Reflecting on the title of the exhibition, the artist cites “At The Very End of The Blue Sky” by Japanese poet Kenji Miyazawa. In Zurier’s words: “When I painted my series of Night Paintings I was reading Miyazawa Kenji¹s poetry. What I like about Miyazawa Kenji, especially this poem from which the title of the exhibition comes, is his feeling for nature and color; his transcendent lyricism while keeping his feet on the ground. At heart this poem is about formlessness and evanescence. While I think mostly of the color and surface of things, what I¹m looking for in painting is a fleeting quality. For me abstract painting is both a physical fact and a vehicle to travel to the very end of the blue sky.” This exhibition marks Zurier’s first solo presentation in Asia and will feature a range of his paintings from the last two decades.




Kayu Nagai Exhibition

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Kayu Nagai Exhibition
at Shinseido (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-14 - 2017-09-29)

Twenty works by Kayu Nagai, a painter of unpopulated amusement parks, factories, and other wistful landscapes combining natural and artificial elements.




Max Ginsburg Exhibition

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Max Ginsburg Exhibition
at F.E.I Art Gallery (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-09-29)

Max Ginsburg is a professor of figurative oil painting at the historic art school Art Students League of New York, where he has taught many prominent artists such as Jackson Pollock. Workshops where Ginsburg will discuss the techniques he uses to pursue realism will be held during the exhibition period. There will also be an exhibition of his major works held at Fei Art Museum Yokohama scheduled alongside this event.




Aki Moriyama “Dolls”

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Aki Moriyama “Dolls”
at Un Petit Garage (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-08-21 - 2017-09-30)

Award-winning Tokyo University of the Arts student Aki Moriyama paints scenes with dolls that seem to act in their own fairytale dramas, stirring the imagination with expressionless faces that hint at unknown depths.




Amelia Midori Miller + Augustus Nazzaro “Isseki nichou (Kill two birds with one stone)”

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Amelia Midori Miller + Augustus Nazzaro “Isseki nichou (Kill two birds with one stone)”
at Koki Arts (Bakurocho area)
(2017-08-26 - 2017-09-30)

Two-person exhibition by Amelia Midori Miller and Augustus Nazzaro that will showcase 12 new paintings. For this event, Miller and Nazzaro have created pairs of paintings based on a single shared reference image. The married artists chose the title of the exhibition - “Isseki nichou (Kill two birds with one stone) - for its multilayered meaning. The idiom that exists in both English and Japanese has been interpreted in multiple ways here, including the idea that one painting can be seen on a superficial and literal level, as well as a deeper metaphorical level. Miller overlays additional components to their shared image, further complicating the narrative. The choice of botanical illustrations is a metaphorical nod to the human reproduction and developmental stages of life. Nazzaro, working in a reductive manner, chooses to negate information and compositional elements in order to strip the image further, attempting to achieve more with less.




Art × Music = Mike Maki

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Art × Music = Mike Maki
at Art & Space Kokokara (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-24 - 2017-09-30)

Mike Maki is a versatile folk singer and actor known for hit songs such as “Bara ga saita (Rose in bloom)” and “Nonbiri iko (Go easy).” Focusing primarily on paintings, this exhibition will present a number of previously unreleased works, also incorporating original guitars produced by Maki, as well as other sculptural works. Discover the full creative scope of this talented man who has spent the last 51 years of his life performing. [Related Events] Special Live Performance Event Date: Sep. 24 (Sun) 17:00- (Doors Open: 16:30) Admission: ¥4000 + 1 drink order Capacity: 30 (booking required) *Bookings can be made via email: info@cococara-minamiaoyama.com or phone: 03-6434-7547




Atsushi Aizawa “No Man’s Land”

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Atsushi Aizawa “No Man’s Land”
at Kana Kawanishi Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2017-08-12 - 2017-09-30)

Atushi Aizawa has been subliming the traditional aesthetics of Nihonga (Japanese traditional painting, which use pigments deriving from natural ingredients such minerals, shells, corals, and many others) into latest contemporary expressions of media art, by featuring phenomena in the nature such as rust, magnetism, and others. His academic background crossing over the borders of Nihonga and media art has enabled him bring the invisible elements in our nature to come to sight. In this exhibition, No Man’s Land, Aizawa would take a further step beyond his previous works where natural phenomena had been purely distilled into figures, and would be reflecting what is in between humans and the nature. The title of this exhibition, No Man’s Land, means a land that is unoccupied or is under dispute between parties who leave it unoccupied due to uncertainty. The term was originally used to define a contested territory or a dumping ground for refuse between fiefdoms. Nowadays, it is commonly associated with the World War I to describe the area of land between two enemy trench systems. Aizawa’s inspiration of the exhibition derived from an uncertainty he felt when he saw a net covering a slope of mud, aside a road. The slope, which is a part of the nature, exists there of human purposes of efficient living—which to Aizawa appeared as a symbolic status of ambiguity between the natural and the artificial. Antoine Saint-Exupér, renowned for his novel The Little Prince, described in Wind, Sand and Stars that humans can see themselves only by knowing more about the land. Several works shown in this exhibition would be an homage to this novel by Aizawa.




Enrico Isamu Oyama “Found Object”

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Enrico Isamu Oyama “Found Object”
at Courtyard Hiroo (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30)

Enrico Isamu Oyama presents 15 works from his new “Found Object” series produced for this exhibition. The series has been built around the concept “Quick Turn Structure,” incorporating eye-catching drawings, photographs, prints and other materials by anonymous makers that the artist has come across in secondhand furniture shops in New York, where he is based, and other locations around the world. Scorched paper, blemished pictures, damaged frames - all of these elements invite viewers to imagine who created these works originally, in what era and where. [Related Event] Closing Program Event Date: Sep. 30 (Sat) 18:30- Speakers: Enrico Isamu Oyama, Llon Kawai, Kota Kihara, Naoyuki Sakai (Co. Yamadaun) Venue: Courtyard inside Hiroo Admission: Free (no booking required) *Event in Japanese




Gen Yamanaka Exhibition

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Gen Yamanaka Exhibition
at Shirota Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-18 - 2017-09-30)

Twenty-five new oil paintings, a lineup of ten woodblock prints, collages, and collographs, and three sculptures newly unveiled at Shirota Gallery.




Giants of Swiss Art Brut: Hans Krüsi

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Giants of Swiss Art Brut: Hans Krüsi
at Nagai Garou (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30)

Twenty works by the Swiss Art Brut painter Hans Krüsi (1920–1995).




Kenji Kobayashi Exhibition

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Kenji Kobayashi Exhibition
at Gallery Tsubaki / GT2 (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-30)

Exhibition centering on brand new oil paintings and three-dimensional works, such as an electrical piece featuring a light-emitting planet Saturn. Kenji Kobayashi expresses a unique world while incorporating a wide range of materials and techniques that hark back to the early 1980s. Though the media and approach varies from work to work, each piece intersects with poetry, words, and sometimes music to express a profound worldview. In this exhibition the artist does not offer much in the way of an explanation about his works and the texts that accompany them. Rather, it seems to be new attempt by Kobayashi to encourage viewers to develop their own impressions and responses. The artist will be in attendance from 17:00 on the opening day. [Related Events] Evening Talk Event by the Artist: “The landscapes inside me” Event Date: Sep. 16 (Sat) 17:00- Admission: ¥500 (inc. one drink, booking required) *Bookings can be made via email or phone. *Event in Japanese.




Kensuke Sasaki “Carving”

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Kensuke Sasaki “Carving”
at Taimatz (Bakurocho area)
(2017-09-08 - 2017-09-30)

Kensuke Sasaki former and failed works by himself and others and what appear to be canvases as the bases for his sketched and re-sketched images derived from magazines. He does not focus on composition or motif, but rather pursues “simple images” not meant to become paintings. Here he presents portraits on round boards, portraits carved into wood, and a woodblock print series on display for the first time.




Lucas Dillon + Russell Maurice “Slow Vibrating Atom”

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Lucas Dillon + Russell Maurice “Slow Vibrating Atom”
at Calm & Punk Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-30)

Lucas Dillon and Russell Maurice both have had a long standing interest in the subconscious, using it as a tool to inform their works. The works presented in “Slow Vibrating Atom” deal with the idea of the lost and found. What is beyond the picture and what has happened before. Dillon and Maurice present a series of works, which are fragments of a larger narrative and history. Dillon uses drawing and painting as a medium to project energies from the world as we know it, to depict another. Whilst Maurice similarly displays his projected histories through painting and sculpture. The works on display all outline a history of searching and finding.




Mud, Tokyo and Swimming

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Mud, Tokyo and Swimming
at Shinjuku Park Tower (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-24 - 2017-09-30)

This exhibition is the first project presented by artist-run gallery im labor. In this show, eight emerging artists from England and Japan will present their work.




OKiNiIRi Vol.3

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OKiNiIRi Vol.3
at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-06 - 2017-09-30)

Do you have a favorite artwork? If you do, you would use the phrase “o-ki ni iri” to express that in Japanese. We often use the word “favorite” in daily life to talk about things we like, but for some reason it’s much harder to use in the context of art. One explanation for this may be that we do not consider art to be part of our everyday lives. In this exhibition, ACT will display and sell works by selected artists. Why not discover your next “o-ki ni iri” piece here and make it part of your day-to-day. Venue: 2F Act2







Yugo Korogi “Hive”

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Yugo Korogi “Hive”
at Gallery Naruyama (Chiyoda area)
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30)




Yuko Wada Exhibition

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Yuko Wada Exhibition
at Gallery Saoh & Tomos B (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-30)




Yumi Iwasaki “At night”

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Yumi Iwasaki “At night”
at Switch Point (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-14 - 2017-09-30)




“On Paper -Monochrome & Colors-“

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“On Paper -Monochrome & Colors-“
at Gallery MoMo Projects (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-02 - 2017-09-30)

Exhibition presenting a selection of works on paper, produced using a variety or materials and techniques, such as pencil sketching, acrylic paint, and printing. It will coincide with Roppongi Art Night, which is scheduled for Sep. 30, closing at 22:00 on the final day.




868788

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868788
at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo (Shinjuku area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-01)

Each of the artists included in this group show expresses the things they have seen and experienced as they’re grown up and lived their lives so far. How will these individual lives and the personalities of these artists - who have all come of age at the same time - look when viewed together in a single space? The title of the exhibition refers to the birth years of those participating: 1986, 1987, 1988.




Buggy “All sorts of buggy”

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Buggy “All sorts of buggy”
at The Blank Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-01)

Buggy depicts figures of envy, such as heroes, pop icons, musicians and supermodels known to us through media, with a familiarity that suggests he’s painting real life human beings. The people behind these figures are in reality certainly not always cool and beautiful. Buggy captures their “mustn’t see” side in an endearing way, using an edgy style that is full of humor and playfulness.




Butterflies and Ribbons ll

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Butterflies and Ribbons ll
at Books & Gallery cafe Tentekido (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-10-01)

Group exhibition where the works of various artists float together and intermingle. Artists: humming bird, MYSTIC, *PUKU*, Chiimalma+Kingyo, cheri.e moi, Spice-Hitosaji, otomeiro., Otomeya, Korisusha, chita coppe, Sami Kamiya, mamono




Grand Projects: How Far Will You Go?
Grand Projects: How Far Will You Go? at 21_21 Design Sight (Roppongi, Nogizaka area) (2017-06-23 - 2017-10-01) Filled with the joy of making things, creators proceed on a journey toward a Grand Project. The exhibition will showcase Grand Projects by such creators who give shape to their bold and innovative ideas that transcend existing modes of expressions. In June 2016, Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized “The Floating Piers” on Lake Iseo in Italy. The piers covered with fabric that is 3 kilometers-long appeared on the lake. Along with sidewalks also covered with the same fabric, the floating piers dramatically changed the landscape, and uplifted the spirit of people. The starting point for this exhibition will be these artists who conceived projects of incredible scale that transforms bridges in cities, landscapes over some ten kilometers, and even the house of parliament to artworks, and ultimately realized what was initially thought to be impossible. From that starting point, creators from diverse fields who carry out unique activities using dynamic techniques and methods, will gather and display their works. The process of meticulous planning and giving shape to a project while receiving the cooperation and support of many people, together with the finished works that are displayed on a huge scale, evoke a feeling of awe among the visitors who are likely to wonder, “How far will you go?” The creators’ attitudes make us feel their strong will, passion, endless series of trial-and-error, and determination to take action with conviction, to confront all sorts of hardships, such as technical challenges in natural environments, as well as financial challenges and changes in times and social circumstances. Their grand projects may also be said to be grand urban projects proposed by artistic creators. By temporarily or permanently changing the city and natural landscapes, their works permeate through our daily lives. By taking part in the project and being involved from the production process, cooperators from public institutions, corporation, and other interested persons, too, get to experience the fun of working together and the joys of creating things. This is another major characteristic of this exhibition. The works they express encourage us to experience new things, and make us aware of enjoyment and sets of values we had never thought of previously. The exhibition wi[...]



Hideyuki Nagasawa “Ghosts of the Future”

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Hideyuki Nagasawa “Ghosts of the Future”
at Musashino Art University Museum & Library (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-04 - 2017-10-01)

Hideyuki Nagasawa’s touch, with countless dots of pigment covering the picture plane, melts the momentary perimeters into ambiguity and makes the distance between the present in which one stands and the past come to the fore. Painting a picture on the canvas, then randomly applies pigments upon it. In his work, we discover someone’s landscape, a landscape that is nowhere. This exhibition focuses on Hideyuki Nagasawa’s most recent paintings in introducing the work of this Musashino Art University professor who continues to contemplate the origins of painting.




Hiroshi Mizuta “Silent Drum”

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Hiroshi Mizuta “Silent Drum”
at MEM (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-02 - 2017-10-01)

[Related Event] Talk Event Opening Reception will follow the talk event. Event Date: Sep. 2 (Sat) 18:00- Guest speakers: Hiroshi Mizuta (artist) and Akio Seki (Chief of curatorial section, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum) Venue: MEM Admission: Free *Event in Japanese




I’m still alive. by skydiving magazine and Dan Isomura

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I’m still alive. by skydiving magazine and Dan Isomura
at Pass the Baton (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-08 - 2017-10-01)

This 101st exhibition to be held at the gallery will present a collaboration between artist unit Skydiving Magazine, which was established by Minori Murata and Masako Hirano in 2016 and publishes a bi-annual magazine as well as offering art direction, graphic design and other services, and contemporary artist Dan Isomura, who produces work on subjects such as immigration, refugees, and the border between this world and hell. The shared theme of this exhibition will be “hell.”




MOMAS Collection Part 2

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MOMAS Collection Part 2
at Museum of Modern Art, Saitama (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-07-22 - 2017-10-01)

Exhibition introducing modern Western works of art as well as works of Japanese modern art, including pieces by painters such as Marc Chagall, who is known for his fantastical compositions, and Yasushi Tanaka, a painter linked to Saitama Prefecture who was also active in France during his career. Furthermore, you can learn about the “sacrificial” theory behind the burning process employed by international sculptor Toshikatsu Endo in his work. This exhibition will be hosted alongside the “Toshikatsu Endo: The Archeology of the Sacred” special exhibition now on at Museum of Modern Art, Saitama. [Related Events] Guide to the artworks led by museum volunteers Event Date: At 14:00- everyday throughout the exhibition period, excluding July 22 (sat), 23 (Sun). Duration: approx. 30 mins. Venue: 1F exhibition room Admission: Free (an admission ticket to the MOMAS collection is required) *Event in Japanese




Masakatsu Tagami Exhibition Vol.5: I want to fly!

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Masakatsu Tagami Exhibition Vol.5: I want to fly!
at Atsukobarouh Arts Drinks Talk (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-01)

Painter Masakatsu Tagami is one of the reasons the owner of Atsukobarouh decided to open this gallery, as he was so keen to have his work seen by a wider audience. In this, his firth exhibition at the gallery, Tagami will present a varied lineup of works. The artist will be in attendance on Sep. 16 (Sat), 17 (Sun), 18 (Mon).




Masayoshi Nojo “Mirage”

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Masayoshi Nojo “Mirage”
at Tokyo Arts Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-01)

Masayoshi Nojo’s approach to making art is incredibly interesting and unique. Despite his works obviously being paintings, there is no act of so-called “painting” involved in their production; the images that flow forth from his brain are represented on the canvas in a manner that is unbound by traditional painting techniques. Discover his truly a mirage-like scenes here.




Mayumi Kuronuma “Grade Equus March”

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Mayumi Kuronuma “Grade Equus March”
at Diginner Gallery Workshop (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-01)

Solo exhibition presenting oil paintings, drawings, prints and other works by Mayumi Kuronuma that feature horses and horse racing motifs. Kuronuma believes that a kind of legendary system exists that is shared by spectators of specific sports in particular countries at certain time periods, and horse racing is one clear example of this. This exhibition is an experiment to see how an art audience will view such a sport. In addition to the works on exhibit, there will also be rosettes made by the artist in collaboration with Whiytrophy.




Meguro Ward Exhibition

Meguro Ward Exhibition
at Meguro Museum of Art (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-10-01)

Presenting a lineup of paintings, calligraphy, hand crafts, and photography entered by local residents of Meguro Ward, Tokyo to an open call for submissions. The exhibition is organized by the Meguro Ward Exhibitions Committee.




Post Living Room

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Post Living Room
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Cube 1, 2, 3 (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-01)

A quirky and fun-filled group exhibition that freely moves across the boundaries of art, architecture and interior design. Works of various genres and the unexpected relationships that form between them offer a fresh and unique experience for viewers. It will bring together creators such as Ittah Yoda, who is based in both London and Berlin, Takashi Kunitani, who works out of Kansai, and The Copy Travelers, whose work can rarely be seen in Tokyo, architect Daisuke Motoki, Katsuyoshi Kameda of Alternative Antiques, and cynical conceptual artist Taiyo Kimura. [Related Event] “Art and Architecture/Interiors” Talk Event Jun Aoki and Jo Nagasaka - two architects deeply involved with the art world - discuss art, architecture, and interiors. *Please see the official website for details on how to book. *Event in Japanese.




Sun Jiapei “Resonating Water Surfaces and Silence”

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Sun Jiapei “Resonating Water Surfaces and Silence”
at Gallery Silkland (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-17 - 2017-10-01)

Thirty new landscape paintings depicting the beauty and calm of waterside scenes in Suzhou, Japan, France, and the Czech Republic.




TWS-Emerging 2017

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TWS-Emerging 2017
at Tokyo Wonder Site Hongo (Chiyoda area)
(2017-06-10 - 2017-10-01)

TWS-Emerging is a program associated with the open call exhibition, “Tokyo Wonder Wall” (TWW), which provides talented young artists with a gateway to success. For the 48 artists selected from among the large number of applicants last year, TWS-Emerging offers the opportunity to take part in yet another exhibition at TWS based on artist-led exhibition proposals. On this occasion, nine young artists have been chosen to show their works at TWS Hongo in a three-part exhibition. [Part 3] September 2 (Sat) - October 1 (Sun) Opening Talk Date: September 2 (Sat) 16:30-18:00 (Reception: 18:00-19:00) Artists: Hitomi Watanabe, Nao Hayashi, Yuuka Ishii Speaker: Kazuhiro Yamamoto (Senior Curator, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts) Past events: [Part 1] June 10 (Sat) - July 9 (Sun) Opening Talk Date: June 10 (Sat) 16:30-18:00 (Reception: 18:00-19:00) Artists: Minako Kuroishi, Yasuaki Kuroda, Sachiko Jin Speaker: Itaru Hirano (Chief Curator, the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama) [Part 2] July 22 (Sat) - August 20 (Sun) Opening Talk Date: July 22 (Sat) 16:30-18:00 (Reception: 18:00-19:00) Artists: Shota Yamauchi, Natsumi Ito, Yohei Shikano Speaker: Hitoshi Nakano (Curator, Kanagawa Arts Foundation)




Yoko Hiramaru “Toward Scent”

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Yoko Hiramaru “Toward Scent”
at Gallery To-Plus (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-01)

The colors that fill Yoko Hiramaru’s works make them seem at times as if they are alive and breathing. Whether comprised of reds, pinks, yellows, grays, or light blues, it’s as though the body can feel the temperature of her paintings. The sense of temperature these colors embody is not perceived visually, but by the skin of the viewer. Though Hiramaru usually paints on coarse linen, it is her first works on paper that will be on exhibit here. Discover her new expressions and what happens when the oil paints are applied to paper.




Yu Yokoyama “Jazz and Shazu - Play & Pray”

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Yu Yokoyama “Jazz and Shazu - Play & Pray”
at Dessin (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-01)

In his first solo exhibition in two years, Yu Yokoyama will present brand news works on the theme of “equilibrium.” The “Jazz” in the title of this show refers to movement, sound, civilization and the West, while the “shazu” is a Japanese term that he uses to connote stillness and silence, spirituality, Asia and the Middle East, and co-existence with nature. See how his works look to strike a balance of sorts.




Yuki Harada “Author Unknown #1”

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Yuki Harada “Author Unknown #1”
at Cage Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2017-08-03 - 2017-10-01)

Parplume member Yuki Harada considers unattributed authorship and paintings through the lens of psychic photography. Work #1 will be shown from Aug. 3. Work #2 will be added to the exhibition from Aug. 26, and work #3 from Sep. 16.




“Expressive power of life: Kiyoshi Yamashita and Friends”

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“Expressive power of life: Kiyoshi Yamashita and Friends”
at Kawasaki City Museum (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2017-09-02 - 2017-10-01)

This year marks the 89th anniversary of Yawata Gakuen, a facility that was established in Chiba Prefecture in 1928 and continues to support children with developmental disabilities. Artist Kiyoshi Yamashita entered the facility in 1934 at the age of 12 and discovered collage, his artistic talent blooming while at the school. Like Yamashita, his friends and fellow students Kenji Ishikawa, Yuichi Numa, and Shigehiro Noda have produced many artworks that allow viewers to experience a rare sense of “naturalness” that surrounds “beauty.” This exhibition will present more than 100 works by these four artists, as well as Yamashita’s diary, calligraphy, and records of his school memories. Enjoy the expressive power of these works. [Related Event] Workshop Event Date: Sep. 3 (Sun) 14:00-16:00 Exhibition Talk Event Date: Sep. 23 (Sat) 14:00- Lecture Event Date: Sep. 27 (Wed) 14:00-15:30 *Events in Japanese




Azabujuban Gallery Little Art Fair 2017

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Azabujuban Gallery Little Art Fair 2017
at Azabujuban Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-20 - 2017-10-02)

Part 1: Sep. 20 (Wed) - 35 (Mon) Part 2: Sep. 27 (Wed) - Oct. 2 (Mon)




Max Ginsburg Exhibition

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Max Ginsburg Exhibition
at Fei Art Museum Yokohama (Yokohama, Kanagawa area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-02)

Max Ginsburg is a realist painter who has been exhibiting his work widely at public venues, galleries and art museums since 1953. His paintings are held in the collections of numerous museums, including Butler Society and New Britain Museum of American Art. This exhibition offers the chance to confront some of the social problems underlying American society through his works.




Brian Alfred “Techno Garden”

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Brian Alfred “Techno Garden”
at Maho Kubota Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-09-01 - 2017-10-05)

Solo exhibition presenting works from “Techno Garden,” a new body of work from Brooklyn-based artist Brian Alfred. The show consists of paintings and an animation that features a collaboration soundtrack produced with Ghostly Records recording artist Logan Takahashi. The works here follow the artists’ interests in the balance between man’s desire for invention and man’s relationship to the natural environment. Between painting images from office buildings, highways and jumbled computer cables and images of electric sunsets, forest fires and flyovers, Alfred is placing the viewer between two worlds. One is the idealized world of progress and invention and the other is the actual footprint that development and technology has on the natural environment. Finding danger and beauty in both realms puts the judgment on the human desire for progress in a grey area.




Kohtaro Abe “Complete Natural Color”

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Kohtaro Abe “Complete Natural Color”
at Nanzuka (Shibuya area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-07)

Born in 1988 in Oita Prefecture in the south of Japan, Kohtaro Abe is a young artist who has been living and working in Tokyo since completing his MFA at Musashino Art University in 2015. Abe creates works using natural materials such as spices, flour, and dried fruits that usually serve as ingredients in food. Although Abe has continued to create works using this particular method since his late teens, while a student at preparatory school, the roots of this practice lie in his family trade of aquaculture, where he observed fish being given feed made of natural food coloring as a means to improve their coloring. Aside from presenting his works at university, Abe has not held any solo shows thus far. He has experienced numerous failures and setbacks on route to completing the works introduced here, at times his pieces being spoiled by mold or decay, and even devoured by mice. His production approach includes the mixing of raw materials in order to achieve durable works of art, this requiring repeated experimentation before arriving at an optimal means of drying and fixing the materials to the support medium. This method is uncanny and unique, somewhat comparable to the practices of a scientist. Approximately six works on canvas will be showcased here.




Leiko Ikemura “Limits of that world”

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Leiko Ikemura “Limits of that world”
at Shugoarts (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-07)

Leiko Ikemura distanced himself from the student movement that took hold in Japan in the late 1960s and set off alone for Spain, where he encountered art. He then relocated to Switzerland in 1979 and began pursuing art full-time before later moving his base to Berlin in the 1990s. Since then he has continued to exhibit his work at art museums, galleries, and other institutions. In the lineup presented here, the features of his landscape paintings stand out, and the people, animals and trees that have appeared in his works to date transform, becoming part of Ikemura’s universe as a whole.







Tsunemitsu Tanaka Exhibition

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Tsunemitsu Tanaka Exhibition
at Marie Gallery (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2017-09-23 - 2017-10-07)

In his work Tsunemitsu Tanaka expresses the sensations and landscapes he experiences in the mountains. Instead of capturing scenes with photography, he considers it important to enter the mountains and hike around before producing works based the thoughts he has there. For Tanaka, there is a “sparkle” in the mountains that cannot be expressed easily, the best way to convey this being directly on the canvas.




Yasuyoshi Tokida “Piece”

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Yasuyoshi Tokida “Piece”
at Gallery Satoru (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-09-23 - 2017-10-08)




Ephemeral - Girls’ domain 2017

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Ephemeral - Girls’ domain 2017
at Jiro Miura Gallery (Bakurocho area)
(2017-09-16 - 2017-10-09)

Group exhibition presenting a variety of works by female artists. *Please visit the official website for the further information. Artists: Emi Adachi, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Amy Crehore, Yuko Fukase, Atsuko Goto, Mao Hamaguchi, Kumiko Higami, Miho Hirano, Miki Kato, Chihiro Kogure, Kozue Kuroki, Kimi Kuruhara, Satomi Kuwahara, Selena Leardini, Shiori Matsumoto, Eri Mizuno, Virginia Mori, ,Yuko Murai, Yuko Nagami, Yuki Nagayoshi, Yumi Nakai, Kaori Ogawa, Saki Ozabu, Yuka Sakuma, Mayuko Sasaoka, Amy Sol, Minae Takada, Ania Tomicka, Tsubaki Torii, Fuco Ueda, Chie Yoshii




Great Collectors: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Great Collectors: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-07-20 - 2017-10-09)

The collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), one of the world’s foremost in terms of quality and scale, was built by Boston citizens, private collectors, and companies without financial support from the federal or state government. This exhibition will cast light on the collectors who built up the museum’s holdings and feature a selection of 80 works from the MFA’s collection. Highlights include ancient Egyptian art presented alongside background on archeological excavations, Japanese and Chinese art gems by Utamaro and Soga Shohaku, French paintings by Monet and Van Gogh — artists long beloved to Bostonians — and contemporary art masterpieces. [Related Events] “Special Exhibition Viewing Event for Disabled Persons” This event takes place on a day when the museum is usually closed, allowing disabled persons to enjoy the exhibition without the crowds that special exhibitions typically attract. Event Date: August 28 (Mon) 10:00-16:00 Capacity: 350 Persons with a Disability Certificate (+ 1 Companion) *Bookings can me made between June 26 (Mon) and July 24 (Mon) *Please see the official website for further details




Hiroshi Sugito “module or lacuna”

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Hiroshi Sugito “module or lacuna”
at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2017-07-25 - 2017-10-09)

The works of Hiroshi Sugito (b. 1970-) fluctuate between the abstract and figurative, working their magic on audiences the world over. They feature simple motifs — trees, small houses, the sky, boat, curtains — and various geometric forms. These are expressed in delicate, rhythmically applied colors. “module or lacuna” will mark the artist’s first solo exhibition at a Tokyo art museum, where you are invited to enjoy a lineup of drawings and paintings, including some of Sugito’s most recent works, on display in the large underground, gallery space. The concrete walls and tiled floors of this space are designed specifically to bring out the special qualities of Kunio Mayekawa’s architecture. Enjoy the combination of Sugito’s simple forms in this unique setting. Venue: Gallery A, B, C. [Related Events] Gallery Talk The curator will give a talk within that gallery space that introduces exhibition highlights . Event Dates: Aug. 4 (Fri) 19:00-19:30, 18 (Fri) 19:00-19:30, 25 (Fri) 19:00-19:30 Speaker: Yuko Mizuta (curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum) Venue: Gallery A, B, C, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum *Events in Japanese *Please see the official website for bookings and further details on related events.




Nakajo Biennale 2017

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Nakajo Biennale 2017
at Tsu-un Bldg. (Greater Tokyo area)
(2017-09-09 - 2017-10-09)

Nakanojo in Gunma Prefecture is a beautiful town not far from the city that is surrounded by magnificent nature. Picture a rural landscape covered with morning dew, historic and highly atmospheric onsen (hot springs), wooden school buildings of the past, and traditional farm houses. It is as if the scenery in this mountain village has been left behind by the modern world. With the advent of Nakanojo Biennale, however, artists have begun living and creating in this town, making their own platforms and establishing many new human connections. The 6th edition of this large-scale art event will present works by artists and local residents alike. [Related Events] Artist Talk Event Date: Sep. 16 (Sat) - 18 (Mon), 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun), 14:00-17:00 *Speakers and venues will vary each day. *Events in Japanese.




New “Artists Today” Exhibition 2017 Compilations of Memories and Records
New “Artists Today” Exhibition 2017 Compilations of Memories and Records at Yokohama Civic Art Gallery (Yokohama, Kanagawa area) (2017-09-22 - 2017-10-09) This group exhibition on the theme of “Today” examines contemporary art and contemporary forms of expression. The artists chosen to participate incorporate elements of the past in their practice, through approaches such as investigating land and history, and interviewing people, hence the exhibition subtitle “Compilations of Memories and Records.” In recent years, and especially since the Great East Japan Earthquake which shook people to the core, artists who feature memories and records as key elements in the work are speading. Scheduled alongside “Yokohama Triennale 2017: Islands, Constellations & Galapagos” (August 4 - November 5), which looks to address issues such as connectivity and isolation, this exhibition will also respond to the event and provide an opportunity to look again at the “now” and “us” through their works. Venue: Exhibition Room 1, B1 Yokohama Civic Art Gallery [Related Events] Sakura Koretsune Performance: Reading from “The Common Whale” Event Date: Sep. 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun) 13:00-13:30 Venue: Exhibition Room B1 Admission: Free (no booking required) Talk Event: The shape succession takes Event Date: Sep. 23 (Sat) 14:30-16:00 Venue: 4F Atelier Speakers: Haruka Komori, Natsumi Seo, Tadahito Yamamoto (Teaching Assistant at Aoyama Gakuin Women’s Junior College) Admission: Free (no booking required) *Events in Japanese [...]



Shin Miyazaki “The Earth Which Absorbs All Things”

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Shin Miyazaki “The Earth Which Absorbs All Things”
at Tama Art University (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-07-15 - 2017-10-09)

After serving in the army during the Second World War and witnessing the absurdity of modern society first hand, Shin Miyazaki (b. 1922-) began to explore expressions of what is it to be human and to understand what life is through art. This practice has been directly informed by his experiences in a harsh Siberian detention center where he saw the damage and harm caused by the vortex of war up close. The university art museum previously held an exhibition introducing Miyazaki’s early works in 2009, titled “Wandering.” This time around it will show works produced in the 1990s and thereafter. You can see planar works as well as three-dimensional pieces, including numerous drawings and monotype prints that resonate with the artist’s energy, showing his personal regrets and scenes from the past, as well as expressions of the now.




Double Line – Drawing Show and Workshop in Tokyo  
Double Line – Drawing Show and Workshop in Tokyo   at Art Trace Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area) (2017-09-15 - 2017-10-10) The “Double Line” project is a continuation of a Polish-Japanese artistic cooperation that started during the International Triennial of Contemporary Drawing in Wrocław in 2016. As a part of the project a pair of events is going to take place in Tokyo and Wrocław in September and December 2017. The artists invited to take part in the initiative are members of collectives operating in both cities. Both Drawing Lab from Wrocław and Art Trace Collective from Tokyo are artistic groups dealing with issues at the crossroads of drawing and other media in the context of urban space and in relation to the historical and present-day affairs of a city. The concept assumes that the Polish artists are going to create their projects specifically for the Art Trace Gallery interior. The artwork presented during the exhibition will utilize not only the rudimentary function of drawing i.e. fast and accurate notation on paper, cardboard or canvas, but also activities involving physical space, site-specific objects and video installations, activities at the crossroads of music and drawing. It is highly engaging and inspiring for us to observe how the two exhibitions in Tokyo and Wrocław are going to be different and how they are going to be received by the public. The project will be summarized by a publication describing all the prepared events. [Related Event] Drawing lab – Drawing Workshops September 15, 2017 13:30-15:00 Drawing by burning (max 12 active p[...]



History on paper - Kaws -

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History on paper - Kaws -
at H.P.France Window Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-12)

The “History on paper” series focuses on print masterpieces, revisiting the value and historical origins of this genre. This fourth installment will introduce the work of American street artist, Kaws. In his practice he creates many motifs based on recognizable characters that have been modified or deformed in various ways. Many may also know of Kaws through his collaboration with Uniqlo last year. This is a chance to get up close and personal with the works of this exciting artist.




Anibal Catalan “The Peak”

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Anibal Catalan “The Peak”
at Eitoeiko (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2017-09-15 - 2017-10-14)

In the world that Anibal Catalan produces in his artworks, space expands and contracts as if it were breathing; cities appear to be repeatedly created and destroyed, his use of colors accentuating the structures that form his world. In this exhibition - the artist’s first solo show in Japan - Catalan attempts to express the relationship between natural forms of elevation and greatness and architecture as a growing and expanded field. The installation will incorporate a selection of paintings, works on paper and video.




Makoto Saito “2100”
Makoto Saito “2100” at Tomio Koyama Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area) (2017-09-09 - 2017-10-14) Standing in front of Makoto Saito’s new works, the viewer is captivated by the technique. His use of dots combined with the organic unevenness of paint, and its density create an overwhelming sense of physical touch. The production of dots using four-color half tone reproductions, employed throughout his career, is similar to the process used in computer’s digital technique. In contrast, Saito’s analogue approach brings body to painting through the painstaking and time-consuming work that is impossible with digital media.As the viewer moves away from the abstract surfaces of mere piles of paint, the dots start forming an image. The motifs are the portraits of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, with whom Saito empathizes. He reads the characters of a person from their faces or eyes, picks up interesting people as his subjects, and experiments with his approach on the same subjects many times. Thus he has selected Freud and Bacon as their faces can stand with variety of Saito’s approaches. Saito reveals inner emotions and new images of humans. In our contemporary times filled with uneasiness about the potential destruction of humanity and the future with AI, how does Saito’s desire to express our underlying human “face” effect the viewer? [...]






Men

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Men
at Gallery Koyanagi (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2017-09-12 - 2017-10-14)

Ten leading artists examine men as a subject in painting and photography.




Barry McGee + Clare Rojas “Big Sky Little Moon”

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Barry McGee + Clare Rojas “Big Sky Little Moon”
at Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2017-06-24 - 2017-10-15)

A growing sense of tension can currently be sensed in cities around the world, with great shifts in American society having occurred since the start of the 21st century. Born in San Francisco, California in 1966, Barry McGee is a graffiti artist who burst onto the art scene in the late 1980s. As an artist who works on the streets and free of constraints, McGee has remained conscious of issues such as community and continues to focus on the subject of people living on the streets. This exhibition presents works by McGee and his longtime partner, the artist Clare Rojas. [Related Events] Opening Night Date: June 24 (Sat) 20:00-22:00 Talk: Barry McGee Live Performance: Peggy Honeywell (Clare Rojas) Background Music: Towa Tei & Friends Admission: ¥2000 *Please see the official website for further details




Hideo Hagiwara “Cold Stone”

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Hideo Hagiwara “Cold Stone”
at Kichijoji Art Museum (Musashino, Tama area)
(2017-06-01 - 2017-10-15)

Hideo Hagiwara has been creating works featuring stone motifs since the 1960s. This series produced with a new self-developed double-sided printing invites the viewer into a cool, quiet world where the beauty of Hagiwara’s beloved stones can be fully enjoyed.




Hitoshi Tsuboyama “Symbolic”

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Hitoshi Tsuboyama “Symbolic”
at Radium von Roentgenwerke AG (Bakurocho area)
(2017-09-22 - 2017-10-15)

Masayoshi Tsuboyama’s paintings symbolize their motifs with low resolutions and an exquisite color sense. In the series “The One,” Tsuboyama paints the iris of the human eye, and in the works exhibited here he has lowered their resolutions to initially indiscernible levels in an attempt at symbolization through color. The subjects of these works are not immediately distinguishable, yet their disassociated motifs eventually take shape in the viewer’s mind as they reach a “landing point” in Tsuboyama’s approach to reality through abstraction in the extreme.