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A la mode

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A la mode
at L'illustre Galerie Le Monde
Media: Illustration
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-01)

Images with exciting visuals by a group of fashion illustrators.




A piece of Gitai (Tomohisa Mihori) Exhibition

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A piece of Gitai (Tomohisa Mihori) Exhibition
at The White
Media: Installation
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-07)

Tomohisa Mihori’s installations imitate systems found in machinery, biology, economics, and other fields.




Film Illustrations: David Lynch Edition

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Film Illustrations: David Lynch Edition
at Dazzle
Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-01)

Several artists present illustrations of David Lynch films and series, including Dune, Blue Velvet, and Twin Peaks.




Fletcher Sibthorp Exhibition

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Fletcher Sibthorp Exhibition
at Sogo Yokohama Art Gallery
Media: Painting
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-02)

Thirty illustrations and prints by Fletcher Sibthorp, who has been drawing flamenco dancers and portraits of women since the 1990s.




Jean-Pierre Melville: Cinéaste du Noir

Jean-Pierre Melville: Cinéaste du Noir
at National Film Center
Media: Video and Film - Talks
(2017-09-26 - 2017-12-10)

The name of film director Jean-Pierre Melville shines with a special brightness in French film history. Having devoted himself to American films in his youth, he made his debut with the feature length independent film Le Silence de la Mer (1949) without any training as a film director whatsoever. Melville came to prominence when he was commissioned to direct Les Enfants Terribles (1950) by Jean Cocteau, who wrote the original novel. His independent spirit was loved and respected by young Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. He gradually gained recognition as a great director of film noir, and built up his reputation in French cinema with hard-boiled crime films such as Le Doulos [The Finger Man] (1962), Le Deuxième Souffle [Second Breath] (1966), Le Samouraï [The Godson] (1967), and Le Cercle Rouge [The Red Circle] (1970), as well as the big budget war film Army of Shadows (1969), based on his own experiences in the Resistance. Notably, it is not too much of a stretch to say that two major film stars, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Alain Delon, broke new ground with Melville’s films. Depicting complicated human beings who have both good and evil sides, and weaving men’s ties of friendship and betrayal into drama, Melville also had a strong influence on Asian films including those from Japan. To commemorate Melville’s centenary in 2017, NFC is looking back at his distinguished life and achievements by showing materials mainly collected over a period of many years by film director Olivier Bohler, who made the documentary “Code Name Melville” (2008).




Jessica Watts Exhibition

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Jessica Watts Exhibition
at Sogo Yokohama Art Gallery
Media: Painting
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-02)

Exhibiting the work of the Australia-based artist Jessica Watts, including paintings inspired by vintage wallpaper from the 1940s showing women holding flowers and portraits of birds made from collages.




Keizo Kitajima “Untitled Records Vol. 12”

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Keizo Kitajima “Untitled Records Vol. 12”
at Photographers' Gallery
Media: Photography - Workshops
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-22)

Exhibiting works by Keizo Kitajima, a photographer who takes a special interest in global events such as the post-Soviet era, globalism, popularism, and the shock doctrine. [Event] Workshop Date: Oct. 7 (Sat) 15:00–17:00




Michael Anastassiades Exhibition

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Michael Anastassiades Exhibition
at Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo
Media: Sculpture - Product - Crafts
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-28)

Michael Anastassiades has been working for more than twenty years in lighting and furniture design. For his first presentation with the gallery, he will be showing four lighting works. The first of these, “Mobile Chandelier 3,” is part of the ongoing “Mobile Chandelier” series which started on 2008. The “Mobile Chandelier” plays with equilibrium through dialogue between perfectly shaped spheres and minimal lines. The other three unique works are from the series “General Illuminations,” “Biri Biri,” “Captive,” and “Nudge,” inspired by classic pinball machines. “Nudge” offers something akin to a visual illusion, as the light on the mirror surface is reflected to create the sense of endless depth. Anastassiades is interested in how lighting exists in two realities: being on and being off. When off, lighting is shown as an object, a visual element that occupies the space; it communicates its materiality, reflectivity, fragility and volume. But when on, the glowing source fills a completely different space within the room, engaging in a relationship between all the objects around it, and casting shadows around other objects against the wall. Anastassiades’ design philosophy is to preserve the inherent qualities of a given material; he finds beauty in every material, seeing material as material. He is also interested in the dynamic of how one’s relationship to objects changes over time. Positioned between fine art and industrial design, his pieces exist between what is utilitarian in function, and poetic and enigmatic in presence. Anastassiades was born in 1968 in Cyprus. He trained as a civil engineer at Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London before taking a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art. He founded his London studio in 1994 and his brand in 2007, broadening the availability of his signature designs. Venue: Viewing Room, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo




This Week at Gallery Le Deco

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This Week at Gallery Le Deco
at Gallery Le Deco
Media: Photography
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-01)

Le Deco 4 Musashino Art University Imaging Arts and Sciences Department Norio Kobayashi Photography Seminar Exhibition “The Last Gamble” Le Deco 3 Nihonga x Irish Harp Exhibition “The Harp Draws, the Painting Plays”




Toru Fukuda “Still-Green Gardener”

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Toru Fukuda “Still-Green Gardener”
at Honkbooks
Media: Illustration - Painting - Sculpture - Sound - Party - Workshops
(2017-09-26 - 2017-10-15)

Illustrations from Toru Fukuda’s picture book about a new recruit to a company that creates gardens.




Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

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Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture
at Tokyo National Museum
Media: Sculpture
(2017-09-26 - 2017-11-26)

There is no Buddhist sculptor better known than Unkei in Japan. With his extraordinary artistic talent, he led a new era in sculptural expression, creating realistic works that appear before the viewer as though they were alive. For this Special Exhibition, Unkei’s masterpieces have been brought together from across Japan. These include works from Kohfukuji temple in Nara, with which he had close relations. In addition to presenting an overview of Unkei’s life as a sculptor, the origins of Unkei’s remarkable style and its succession will also be explored through the inclusion of works by his father, Kokei, as well as his sons, Tankei and Koben.




Yoshihisa Shirai “The Art of Typesetting”

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Yoshihisa Shirai “The Art of Typesetting”
at Ginza Graphic Gallery
Media: Graphics - Party - Workshops - Talks
(2017-09-26 - 2017-11-07)

Typesetting is one design elements of typography, referring to the craft of physically arranging and setting type on the page. It is also the title of this long-awaited solo exhibition by Yoshihisa Shirai, who works predominantly in the field of book design and editorial design. While it introduces a lineup of beautiful book bindings, this somewhat unconventional show will also present a selection of pages printed mainly in a single black ink color arranged side by side. When one thinks of Shirai, what immediately comes to mind is his ten year stint working on the art direction for the highly respected design magazine “Idea.” Despite it being a bimonthly publication, each and every issue can be considered a work worthy of any collection. Shirai has also been involved in the creation of many other books to date. When working of these, he takes into careful consideration the objects, situations, and people they concern, using this as a basis to produce each page to perfection. His unique approach is echoed in every text, with his personal touch - be it lighthearted, solemn, or stylish - shaping every publication. Encountering his innovative typesetting results in an unforgettable reading experience. In this exhibition, reference materials used by Shirai during the production stage will be presented alongside works by him. See how he cites and references pre-existing works, changing the face of typesetting as he goes. [Related Events] Gallery Talk 1: Typography and Book Formats (case study) Event Date: Oct. 6 (Fri) 18:30-20:00 Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 70 Gallery Talk 2 Event Date: Oct. 20 (Fri) 18:30-20:00 Venue: 3F, DNP Ginza Building Speaker: Ryoichi Enomoto, Yoshihisa Shirai Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 70 Visit to the DNP “Shueitai” typeface warehouse & factory in Kuki Event Date: Oct. 25 (Wed) 13:00 Meet at Kuki Station 18:00 Event finishes Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 30 *Bookings can be made via the official website. *Events in Japanese




Hiroshi Asada Retrospective – Ruins of Quiet Gardens

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Hiroshi Asada Retrospective – Ruins of Quiet Gardens
at Nerima Art Museum
Media: Painting - Prints
(2017-09-28 - 2017-11-19)

Born in Kyoto to a family of Nihonga painters, Hiroshi Asada (1931–1997) studied Western-style painting at university and was originally influenced by Art Informel, but a move to Europe at the age of 39 and 11 years in Paris prompted his return to classical painting. He is best known for his paintings and prints demonstrating both photorealistic and fantastical elements, portraying “primeval landscapes” marked by water droplet and feather motifs and “primeval cityscapes” of beautiful ruins. Asada held solo exhibitions in France, Germany, and Belgium. He repatriated in 1982 at the age of 50 and taught as a professor at Kyoto City University of Arts while producing his own work, but took his own life at 65. His numerous awards include the Cannes International Print Biennale Grand Prix, the Miyamoto Saburo Memorial Award, and a Kyoto City Person of Cultural Merit designation. This exhibition coinciding with the 20th anniversary of Asada’s death surveys his early career through his last works, presenting 140 oil paintings and prints.




Haikara-san ga Toru (Mademoiselle Anne):” Taisho Girls & The World of Waki Yamato!

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Haikara-san ga Toru (Mademoiselle Anne):” Taisho Girls & The World of Waki Yamato!
at Yayoi Museum
Media: Manga - Photography - Video and Film - Talks
(2017-09-29 - 2017-12-24)

Girls who ride pushbikes and wear patterned kimonos with traditional hakama, lace-up boots, and big bows in their hair… This is the adorably cute “hakama” style that was popular with young women during the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) eras, when fashion in Japan was transitioning from traditional modes to Western trends. The “hakama” style was later brought back into the spotlight by manga artist Waki Yamato, with the release of his hit work “Haikara-san ga Toru (Mademoiselle Anne)” (1975) which was awarded the 1st Kodansha Manga Award. This exhibition will introduce original artwork from “Mademoiselle Anne,” as well as ephemera related the culture of girlhood enjoyed by female students and young working women of the Taisho and early Showa eras. There will also be roughly 200 other works by Yamato, including those from the early part of his career and masterpieces from titles such as “The Tale of Genji,” “Yokohama Monogatari” and “The Daughter of Ishtar.” [Related Events] Screening: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” Event Date: Nov. 3 (Fri) 17:40-19:00 Venue: 1F Exhibition Room, Yayoi Museum Speaker: Nanako Yamauchi (narrator), Ayumi Kamiya (piano) Capacity: 60 Admission: Adults ¥1500, Students ¥1400 (inc. exhibition admission) *Please see the official website for booking.




Norimoto Ichikawa Exhibition

Norimoto Ichikawa Exhibition
at Gallery - T
Media: Photography
(2017-09-29 - 2017-10-11)




Hikaru Myoen “Painted penguins”

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Hikaru Myoen “Painted penguins”
at Nanatasu Gallery
Media: Painting - Party
(2017-09-30 - 2017-10-08)

Artist Hikaru Myoen can seen to have the approach of a fickle child at times, for he has a fierce ability to concentrate all of his energies on a specific motif when it takes his fancy, but before long his attention tends to jump to something completely new. What makes him different from an actual child, however, is that when he puts his mind to something, he has the technical skills and physical ability to realize it. It seems that for Myoen, it is the difficulty of the challenge that is key, for when something is no longer hard it is no longer interesting. Last year he began painting in an abstract style, having spent two solid years prior to that depicting rubber ducks. As of this spring, it appears that penguins have already become his new focus. You may think that Myoen has simply switched from floating ducks to another species of flightless bird, while in reality a big shift has occurred, expressing itself in the form of a highly tangible soft yellow glow that appears around the heads of these animals. Myoen achieves the effect by first spray painting on the blank canvas. The form of the penguins then emerges through the subsequent layering of pre-determined black shapes, the order of this painting process creating the impression that the animals are backlit. Spray paint is a new medium for Myoen, who embraces the risk of the paint spattering in unexpected areas due to clogging or the like. This method whereby you cannot completely control the shape or position of the paint creates a tenser atmosphere during production and requires far more tolerance of chance than when painting with a brush only. When artists are able to make good use of such mental states, the potential of their artistic expression can greatly expand. According to Greek mythology, gods who fell to earth would be surrounded by a nimbus, that is, a shining cloud. Later, the word “nimbus” took on the meaning of “aura,” or an “endearing atmosphere.” The ducks the artist previously depicted as his subjects were anonymous industrial products created for human beings, but in his new works each of the penguins has its own personality, and it seems that at times Myoen is forced to sympathize with these traits. It can be said that it is here that his interest shifts from an artificially controlled situation to a more realistic world. If you think in terms of the birds’ habitats, it would be like the difference between a bathroom or pool and a harsh ocean. Not to worry though, his penguins have a nimbus. Maiko Yamauchi




Iron Island Fes

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Iron Island Fes
at Buckle Kôbô
Media: Manga - Video and Film - Media Arts - Performance Art
(2017-09-30 - 2017-10-01)

Iron Island Fes evokes chemical reactions between creators in a culture festival like SXSW, encompassing music, contemporary art, performance, film screenings, camping, and other events. Held on Keihin Island – 1.03 square kilometers of reclaimed land in front of Haneda Airport – the two-day festival aims to revitalize the island in creative and exciting ways. Please see the official website for a schedule and other details.