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2017 Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators Presentations

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2017 Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators Presentations
at Yahoo Japan Corporation
Media: Video and Film - Media Arts - Talks
(2018-02-23)

Selected artists participating in the past year’s Project to Support the Nurturing of Media Arts Creators will present their works and discuss their processes of working with advisors. Exhibition: 15:00–16:30 Creator Presentations: 16:30–20:00 Advisors: Gabin Ito, Akihiko Kubota, Kotobuki Shiriagari, Asako Tomura, Toshikatsu Wada With Japanese-English interpretation. Reservations required. Please see the official website for details. Venue: Tokyo Garden Terrace Kioicho 17F Open Collaboration Space “Lodge”




Gramophone Concert “Jazz Summit (47) – Lover Man”

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Gramophone Concert “Jazz Summit (47) – Lover Man”
at Intermediatheque
Media: Sound - Talks
(2018-02-23)

With the goal of sharing a quality of sound that has now vanished from public spaces, the Acadamedia Lecture Theater at Intermediateque hosts a gramophone concert series playing famous jazz recordings from the 1920s to 1940s on the E.M.G. Mark IX and other renowned gramophones. The jazz selection comes from the collection of Satoshi Yuze. In 1941, the composer Jimmy Davis entrusted Billie Holiday with a song before going to war where he died without ever listening to its interpretation. “Lover Man” became an instant classic, and its particular harmony and rhythm still enchant players today. This event traces the postwar history of this song through SP records, from Holiday’s famous recording to innovative bebop and modern interpretations. Date: Feb. 23 (Fri) 18:00–19:00 Organization: The University Museum, the University of Tokyo Cooperation: Hideki Umeda + Mac Sugisaki Program Concept: Intermediatheque Department, The University Museum, University of Tokyo




Megumi Hayano “Animals”

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Megumi Hayano “Animals”
at Moritaka Art Gallery
Media: Nihonga
(2018-01-18 - 2018-02-23)

Megumi Hayano produces Japanese-style nihonga paintings using mineral pigment on Japanese paper attached to layers of plywood. The thickness of the works adds to the fun expressiveness of the colorful animals she depicts. Enjoy seeing these charming three-dimensional animals scattered across the walls of the gallery space.




O+

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O+
at Shinseido
Media: Painting
(2018-02-08 - 2018-02-23)

Exhibition by students studying Painting and Decorative Arts under Kazutoshi Oshimoto at the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School.




What’s There Now

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What’s There Now
at Fei Art Museum Yokohama
Media: Painting
(2018-02-06 - 2018-02-23)

Reality typically refers to the state of things as they exist in the material sense, but there is also a reality that is constituted by the sharing and subsequent approval of things that do not exist in a physical sense between third parties. With the collapse of material wealth and the expansion of the Internet, we live at a time where visual information is not always tangible; it seems that, for better or worse, we are increasingly recognizing that something does not have to be visible to exist. Here you can see how individual artists go beyond the personal to express the essence of things, showing what’s there, even if it’s not visible as such.




YouFab2017 Exhibition of Prize-Winning Works

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YouFab2017 Exhibition of Prize-Winning Works
at Good Design Marunouchi
Media: Architecture - Sculpture - Product - Media Arts
(2018-02-09 - 2018-02-23)

Starting with the Grand Prix winner, visitors can see a lineup of 20 award-winning works, selected from the 227 works from 26 countries that were in the running.




Akiko Suso + Takashi Yamauchi “Jomon Pottery at Switch Point?”

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Akiko Suso + Takashi Yamauchi “Jomon Pottery at Switch Point?”
at Switch Point
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Ceramics - Workshops - Talks
(2018-02-08 - 2018-02-24)




Early Cloth: Tapa and Felt

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Early Cloth: Tapa and Felt
at LIXIL Gallery 1 & 2
Media: Product - Fashion - Crafts
(2017-12-07 - 2018-02-24)

Tapa and felt are early types of fabric that were made by hand and utilized commonly available plants or wool. It is believed that they were used long before the technology for weaving was developed. This exhibition looks at tapa and felt that has been used in daily life since ancient times on the South Pacific islands and in regions of Southeast Asia, showing the attraction of tapa and felt as simple, strong, non-woven fabrics. Displayed in the gallery are some 60 precious examples collected by Shigeki Fukumoto, who has commuted to the South Pacific islands for over 30 years to research tapa, and Goro Nagano, who researched pressed felt technologies in Southeast Asia primarily in the 1990s. Visitors will be struck by the toughness of these early cloths and by their designs and textures, which combine boldness and delicacy to attain a beauty symbolic of ethnic culture. Through these non-woven fabrics infused with ethnic traditions and skills inherited over many years, the exhibition offers a chance to encounter the ancient beginnings of human technology and the arts of dyeing and weaving. [Related Event] Talk Event “The story before woven textiles - From field work” Date: Jan. 27 (Sat), 2018, 14:00-15:30 Speakers: Fukumoto Shigeki (dye artist, director of The Society for Ethno-Arts), Hiroko Iwatate (director of Iwatate Folk Textile Museum) Venue: AGC Studio, 2F Kyobashi soseikan, 2-5-18 Kyobashi, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0031 Admission: Free (booking required) Capacity: 80 *Please see the official website for booking and further information. *Event in Japanese.




Hiroko Koshino “It Is As It Is”

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Hiroko Koshino “It Is As It Is”
at KH Gallery
Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Fashion
(2017-12-19 - 2018-02-24)

This exhibition celebrates the publication of “Hiroko Koshino | It Is As It Is” celebrating Hiroko Koshino’s 60th anniversary as a designer. The book features Hiroko Koshino’s collection looks from the 1978 to 2017 Autumn/Winter and paintings that she drew over the years. The exposition space will be designed by the graphic designer Ken Miki who also designed the book. Eight-meter three-dimensional art objects will visualize Hiroko Koshino’s philosophy according to the seven chapters of the book titled through “emptiness”, ”naturalness”, ”essentiality”, ”pairings”, ”cultivation”, ”play” and ”form”.




Hiroshi ussey Shiozaki “21st Century Survivalist”

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Hiroshi ussey Shiozaki “21st Century Survivalist”
at Gallery Hinoki e, F
Media: Sculpture
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

Lineup of 32 assemblages comprised of paintings, textiles and dried gourd fruit. Venue: Gallery Hinoki e




John Sypal “Zuisha”

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John Sypal “Zuisha”
at Zen Foto Gallery
Media: Photography
(2018-02-09 - 2018-02-24)

Exhibition of works from John Sypal’s “Zuisha” series, selected from his first photo book of the same titled, published by Zen Foto Gallery in December 2017. After graduating from the University of Nebraska he moved to Japan in 2004 and began exhibiting his photography in 2005. He has held over twenty-five solo exhibitions over the past 13 years. He has been showing his ongoing Zuisha series in successive volumes as of 2012, and also reports on Tokyo photographic culture through his blog Tokyo Camera Style. Content from this project was compiled and published as a photobook by Thames & Hudson in 2015.




Joji Sato + Hiroyuki Kozu “Generic, Otherwise Something Like Noise”

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Joji Sato + Hiroyuki Kozu “Generic, Otherwise Something Like Noise”
at Art Lab AKIBA
Media: Installation
(2018-02-12 - 2018-02-24)

You see objects and images, but which came first, objects or images? Without classifying things into two categories, such as material and immaterial, but instead by mixing everything up, creative action can begin through the experience of visual sensation. The scenery that the Lumière brothers watched through the finder lens of their camera was not the same as the projected image on the screen, although both can be considered as part of the same motion. The images on the screen are only superficial cut-ups and expressions of visual representation. Embracing the gaps and mysteries, the soundtrack-less film shot by the Lumière brothers may wander back and forth between classification as an object or image, because it is silent. If one can catch the subtle and obscure relation between objects and images purely by the physical sense, which mainly consists of visual sensation, what kind of world will emerge there? Are objects and images covering each other? Or they are colliding ceaselessly? Noise is always generated on the boundary between different objects. This exhibition is the result of a collaboration between two artists, where each artist’s work will be deconstructed in the space between object and image, and something different and unknown, accompanied by noise, will be born from this other dimension.




Kazuhiro Goshima “In Absence of the Artist”

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Kazuhiro Goshima “In Absence of the Artist”
at Art Space Kimura ASK?
Media: Animation
(2018-01-29 - 2018-02-24)

Using a large diameter convex lens suspended in the air, Kazuhiro Goshima attempts to redefine the concept of the “camera,” which is at the center of his practice as a video artist. A three-dimensional video work titled “Stereo shadow,” which utilizes the shadows created by two light bulbs, will be on exhibit at ASK? Ⓟ (B1F).




Makoto Aida “Ground No Plan”

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Makoto Aida “Ground No Plan”
at Aoyama Crystal Building
Media: Painting - Drawing - Architecture - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Talks
(2018-02-10 - 2018-02-24)

“Visions of the City - Obayashi Foundation Research Program” gives an opportunity for an artist or a group of artists from Japan or abroad endowed with an abundance of free-ranging ideas and a strong interest in cities, chosen on the recommendation of the five-member selection committee once every two years, to make suggestions or proposals for innovative or ideal cities, or a city that he/she would like to live in. As the first grant recipient, Makoto Aida, a Japanese artist who deals with everything from nymphets, the erotic and grotesque to war, violence, and politics in his work, and who has been, and continues to be, scathingly critical of contemporary Japanese society, was selected. Aida plans to make use of various media, including drawings, conceptual drawings, scale models, paintings, installations, film and texts to depict the future “City-” and ”Land-” scape that he envisions.




Mari Maeda “Flowers, Dreams, Love - Gifts from the Heart”

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Mari Maeda “Flowers, Dreams, Love - Gifts from the Heart”
at Gallery Silkland
Media: Painting
(2018-02-11 - 2018-02-24)

In recent years painter Mari Maeda has been expanding the range of her activities as an artist, making stage appearances and working on set design as well as teaching at elementary and junior high schools. In this solo exhibition she introduces more than 30 new works, including pieces depicting boys playing music and girls holding tulips, both of which are classic themes in her practice.




Mayuko Wada “Built Structures 2”

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Mayuko Wada “Built Structures 2”
at Kodama Gallery | Tennozu
Media: Drawing
(2018-01-20 - 2018-02-24)

This solo exhibition follows on from Mayuko Wada’s show “Built Structures,” held at Kodama Gallery Shirokane in April 2017. Whereas previously she presented artworks depicting structures constructed on top of two-dimensional surfaces, here she will exhibit two-dimensional drawings of three-dimensional models.




Meo Saito “Route of Iridescence”

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Meo Saito “Route of Iridescence”
at Gallery Art Unlimited
Media: Painting
(2018-01-19 - 2018-02-24)

“Immorale Ville” is the name of a fictitious pleasure land created by artist Meo Saito. In 2016, Saito presented various three-dimensional models of the drive-ins, cafeterias and other locations featured in this village in an exhibition at Ohara Museum of Art, Yurinso. Here they are reconfigured into an even more mysterious urbanity, titled “Route of Iridescence.”




Miri Matsufuji “Plans Are For the Poor”

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Miri Matsufuji “Plans Are For the Poor”
at Clear Edition & Gallery
Media: Photography
(2018-02-10 - 2018-02-24)

Clear Edition & Gallery presents a show for Miri Matsufuji, a young photographer who has worked internationally for a variety of brands and magazines.




On Paper

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On Paper
at Gallery Hashimoto
Media: Painting - Drawing
(2018-02-06 - 2018-02-24)

In the winter of 2017 Masaki Ogihara embarked on a project to illustrate a wall mural three meters high and six meters long. It was his first time to work in that size and environment and with such materials. This exhibition features new works on paper by eight artists involved in the project.




Ricca Kawai “Weight of Light”

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Ricca Kawai “Weight of Light”
at nap gallery
Media: Photography
(2018-01-31 - 2018-02-24)

Ricca Kawai has created a new form of expression in which light and shadow coexist and interact when illuminating a transparent pictorial material/support. She refers to these works a “photoskiagraphia,” after the Greek terms “photo” (light), “skia” (shadow) and “graphia” (picture). Meanwhile, there exist astronomical phenomena in the world that have mass but cannot be optically observed. Such so-called “dark matter” tells us that the world is not necessarily composed only of things we can see. Diving right into these findings, Kawai takes as her theme the challenge of making this invisible realm visible. Working with epoxy resin since 2003, in a 2013 self-portrait she used “water droplets” of transparent resin applied to a window pane to allow raindrops to bring out the form, which then acted as a lens to cast both light and shadow onto the wall. Kawai’s artistic process recalls Pliny the Elder’s “Natural History” (vol. 35), wherein the traced silhouette of a lover killed in battle becomes a painting. Shadow drawings, or in Kawai’s terminology skiagraphie, likewise bear relation to the calotype “shadow fixing” technique of early photography. What Kawai seems to be seeking via the transparency of resin as a medium is not the simple reality that even translucence produces shadows, but rather to show how various contingent aspects — the thickness or clarity of the medium — effect a transformation. Not in the given visible image as we might expect, but an experience of generating a transformed image out of an unimaginable unseen realm.




Risaku Suzuki “Water Mirror”

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Risaku Suzuki “Water Mirror”
at Case Tokyo
Media: Photography - Party - Talks
(2018-01-20 - 2018-02-24)

This exhibition presents photographs that attempt to reproduce the vivid color tones of the original prints produced by Risaku Suzuki for her photo book published last year with the Japan Fine-Art Photography Association. In addition to her Kumano series, which can be considered a life work, it also includes her series “Water Mirror,” which takes the water surfaces as its subject, her Montagne Sainte-Victoire series shot in the South of France, her series based on Cézanne’s atelier, cherry blossoms and snow. [Related Event] Talk Event: Risaku Suzuki x Yoshihisa Tanaka Date: Jan. 27 (Sat), 17:00-18:30 Speakers: Risaku Suzuki, Yoshihisa Tanaka Admission: ¥1000 *Event in Japanese




Rury Shibuya “With This Love”

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Rury Shibuya “With This Love”
at Aoki Gallery
Media: Painting - Party - Talks
(2018-02-17 - 2018-02-24)




Shukou Tsuchiya “La Mer”

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Shukou Tsuchiya “La Mer”
at Scène
Media: Painting
(2018-01-16 - 2018-02-24)

This show is part of the “Exhibition Voyage” series introducing the work of various artists under the theme “Art for your Voyage.” This second installment will present the paintings of Shukou Tsuchiya, an artist who works primarily in ink, having developed a unique style that combines the techniques of classical ink wash painting with more avant-garde approaches. Here you can see how Tsuchiya expresses the sea, a subject often featured in ink wash painting. Curators: Nanako Yamamoto, Kana Fujimaki




Tatsumi Yoshino “New Works”

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Tatsumi Yoshino “New Works”
at Gallery 58
Media: Drawing - Sculpture
(2018-02-13 - 2018-02-24)

Tatsumi Yoshino has only stepped up his creative output since turning 78. Here he presents new works including sculptures of dogs and chili peppers along with drawings.




Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Kazutami Yoshida “Voice”

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Kazutami Yoshida “Voice”
at Gallery Hinoki e, F
Media: Painting
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

Kazutami Yoshida presents 15 oil paintings where he shows familiar objects in a new light by using a cut out style. Venue: Gallery Hinoki F




Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Mana Akutsu - “Reverence for life”

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Mana Akutsu - “Reverence for life”
at Gallery K
Media: Nihonga - Talks
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk is an event sponsored by the university that supports new graduates. Through the event, students have the chance to present their work in a solo exhibition format at one of 17 galleries located throughout Ginza, Kyobashi and Nihonbashi in Tokyo. On this occasion, Gallery K will showcase the work of Japanese-style nihonga painter Mana Akutsu. Discover the beauty of life hidden in the everyday expressed energetically through the form of different animals. [Related Event] Talk Event: Considering Ways to Support Artists Date: Feb. 23 (Fri), 18:00-19:00 Speaker: Kei Tatejima (Head Curator, Sato Museum of Art) Venue: Gallery K Admission: Free *Event in Japanese







Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Sayaka Ohba

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Sayaka Ohba
at Gallery Hinoki B, C
Media: Drawing - Sculpture - Installation
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

Negotiating with both the concrete and the natural, Sayaka Ohba focuses on the moment when memories, time and space come into contact with things. Here she presents a lineup of 18 assemblages, installations and drawings. Venue: Gallery Hinoki B







Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Yuko Birukawa

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Tohoku University of Art and Design Art Walk 2018: Yuko Birukawa
at Gallery Hinoki B, C
Media: Prints
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

Yuko Birukawa focuses on “the indefinite” in her practice, producing works that consciously embody that which evades the eyes but surely exists in the world. Working mainly with woodcuts, here she presents around 10 prints that explore impressions and depressions created through the application of pressure during the printing process. These are produced by rubbing Japanese paper using a hand tool known as a baren.




Tomomi Yoshioka “Easy Time”

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Tomomi Yoshioka “Easy Time”
at Ai Gallery
Media: Sculpture
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-24)

With his works, Tomomi Yoshioka captures traces of daily life - that which escapes words and as passes through our senses.




Toshimitsu Takahashi “Snaps Italia 2010-2017”

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Toshimitsu Takahashi “Snaps Italia 2010-2017”
at Pictorico Shop & Gallery Omotesando
Media: Photography
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-24)

In the eight years between 2010 to 2017, Toshimitsu Takahashi visited towns and islands throughout Italy, Sicily in particular, shooting the moment he noticed a uniqueness about the smell, sound, atmosphere and people around him. These are documentary photographs taken from a very personal perspective that blends with the everyday. Approximately 40 images will be exhibited, including monochrome silver halide prints from digital color negatives presented here for the first time. Venue: Gallery 1 [Simultaneous Exhibition] Snaps Creators 2018: Portrait Snaps of 18 Creators Exhibition featuring portraits of 18 cutting-edge creators in their fields of art, design, gaming, music, events production. This is an exhibition where you can see the face of creativity in Japan now. Venue: Gallery 2




Tsubasa Kato “Fractions of the Longest Distance”

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Tsubasa Kato “Fractions of the Longest Distance”
at SNAC / Mujin-to Production
Media: Drawing - Photography - Party
(2017-11-25 - 2018-02-24)

During his two-year stay in the U.S., Tsubasa Kato happened to witness in person how Trump used nativist, protectionist and anti-globalization rhetoric, as characterized by the slogan “America First,” to create a wave of nationalism and clinch the election. The artist also observed the collision between the globalism advocated by developed countries and the anti-globalization backlash. The tension between these two movements is not limited to the U.S. alone - Kato noticed it at project sites in Mexico, Indonesia and Vietnam as well. In short, no one is immune to the effects of such global trends now. As a response to this reality, Kato focused on the unique situation of people living in each site - for example their varying degrees of mobility and freedom - as well as changes in their surroundings to create collaborative projects in diverse places. Nations and communities in various forms all around the world today face increasing threats to their previous ways of existence by the strengthening of borders and boundaries, and consequent restrictions on mobility and freedom. Kato uses this fact as a catalyst to structure the exhibition according to the keywords “city,” “street,” “border,” and “migration.” The first part of the show, titled “Mexico City ⇄ Jakarta”, features video works created in each city’s streets. The second part, “Vietnam ⇅ USA,” addresses the frame of the “nation” more directly. The works encapsulate a “fraction of each place’s present,” as seen through varying social conditions. Kato, however, doesn’t directly question the ethical implications of these in his work, but rather uses the hints they give of each site’s reality to stimulate the viewer’s imagination towards the distance between “here” and “there.” The rise of information technology has made it possible to connect with people all over the world via SNS and brought on an era in which one has overwhelming access to information. Even so, the world is still full of the incomprehensible. In this exhibition, we hope that viewers not only watch each work but also direct their imaginations at the unresolved world beyond the video frame. [Exhibition Schedule] Part 1: “Mexico City ⇄ Jakarta,” Nov. 25 - Dec. 23, 2017 Part 2: “Vietnam ⇅ USA,” Jan. 13 (Sat) - Feb. 24 (Sat), 2018




Vajiko Chachkhiani “Moment In and Out of Time”

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Vajiko Chachkhiani “Moment In and Out of Time”
at SCAI The Bathhouse
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film
(2018-01-26 - 2018-02-24)

The young Georgian artist Vajiko Chachkhiani uses societal events as media in symbolic sculptures and installations. These works shed light on the deep inner psychology of the viewer while uncovering the divides between individual experience and reality. The sculptural work of the same title as the exhibition, “Moment In and Out of Time” (2014), is a rusting metal door with an open hatch taken from a solitary confinement chamber. The watch hole of the door is plugged with wax of the candle found inside the prison cell, separating the two worlds and underscoring the violent nature of the chamber’s door. The single channel “Winter Which Was Not There” (2017) unfolds complex, layered narratives in which a concrete statue is pulled out of the sea, and dragged along the road by car, gradually forming implications and metaphors latent in visual clues, which translate into an alternative metanarrative. Crossing over topics of current affairs, literature and poetry of his country and beyond, Chachkhiani’s work suggests a poignant interpretation of the themes of life and death, disclosing conditions such as loneliness, violence and anger.




Where Ideas Come From

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Where Ideas Come From
at Advertising Museum Tokyo
Media: Graphics - Product
(2017-12-01 - 2018-02-24)

What is behind the good ideas that create instant hits and useful everyday items? Conceiving of such ideas is not a product of talent and or a person’s sensibilities, but the result of rigorous thought processes and commitment to finding a new way to think. This exhibition looks to explore the act of thinking and the fun that is behind where ideas come from.




Yasuo Kazuki Exhibition

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Yasuo Kazuki Exhibition
at Tokyo Gallery + BTAP
Media: Painting
(2018-01-20 - 2018-02-24)

Solo exhibition by Yasuo Kazuki, a post-war artist who used oil paint to produce works in a Western style. The show follows on from the exhibition of works by Seiji Chokai held at the gallery in May 2017. Both of these exhibitions look to revisit the origins of post-war art, which share a commonality in the use of matière, or matter. Kazuki was born in Misumi-cho, in Yamaguchi prefecture in 1911 and in 1931 entered the Tokyo Bijutsu Gakkou (present day Tokyo University of the Arts) to study under Takeji Fukishima. His internment experience in Siberia after defeat in the Second World War would prove to have a definitive influence on his art, and after he returned to Japan in 1947, he began his artistic career the following year in his home in Misumi-cho, where he would live and work for the rest of his life. From around 1953, Kazuki began to use fewer colors in his paintings, and following his journey to Europe in 1958, he discovered a new material by mixing charcoal powder with oil paint, eliminating its luster. These earth-colored paints on canvas became a characteristic of his style. After 1959, large canvases greater than 116.7 × 91 cm were reserved for his Siberia series, a theme that endured until his death in 1974. After the war, as there was an influx of avant-garde techniques to Japan, artists were beginning to simultaneously recognize global perspectives and approaches unique to Japan. While there is a difference between the work of Kazuki, who was directly involved in the Second World War, and Chokai, who was slightly his senior, a clear similarity can also be observed. This exhibition examines the development of post-war art, which arrived at abstraction through déformer, or deforming, encouraging us to consider the succession of memory through art.




Yudai Takata “Fire”

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Yudai Takata “Fire”
at Gallery N Kanda Branch
Media: Painting - Talks
(2018-02-03 - 2018-02-24)

[Event] Opening Talk Guest: Nobuyuki Takahashi (artist director of Yasashii Bijutsu Project) Feb. 3 (Sat) 18:00




Yuki Kawado “A Parade of Mouse-like Characters from the US”

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Yuki Kawado “A Parade of Mouse-like Characters from the US”
at Megumi Ogita Gallery
Media: Crafts
(2018-02-09 - 2018-02-24)

Yuki Kawado (b. 1984), who began her artistic work with a pair scissors at the age of 3, has been affiliated with the social welfare corporation Art Karen since 2003. She uses embroidery to express the theme of “reproduction,” producing various series such as those that recreate the cityscapes of locations such as Shibuya and Shinjuku, as well as parades and non-specifiable natural landscapes and so forth. This exhibition will display her embroidered parade series, inhabited by lines of intriguing mouse-like characters from the US.




ACT Print Project 2

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ACT Print Project 2
at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo
Media: Prints - Party
(2018-02-13 - 2018-02-25)

Act Print Project has organized this exhibition promoting print media, photography included, with the cooperation of Art Complex Center and Hanga Prints. Discover various collaborations between artists and the galleries participating. Venue: 2F ACT 5




After 10 Years

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After 10 Years
at Atelier
Media: Painting - Artist in Residence - Party
(2018-02-12 - 2018-02-25)

A mini exhibition of five figurative painters who previously worked at the same Tama Art University studio. The show is part of a trio of exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of Atelier.




Animal World – “Kawaii” Animals in Japanese Paintings

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Animal World – “Kawaii” Animals in Japanese Paintings
at Kashima Arts
Media: Nihonga
(2018-02-03 - 2018-02-25)

Ueno Zoo’s baby panda is currently a popular attraction, but it has nothing on the cute critters appearing in Edo-period and Modern Japanese paintings. Kashima Arts presents works from its collection featuring adorable, humorous, and charming animals in an exhibition both children and adults can enjoy. There will also be talks and family workshops.




Black & White Part 1

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Black & White Part 1
at Dazzle
Media: Illustration - Drawing
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-25)

First installment of a two part exhibition presenting monochrome works that embody the essence of an art in their simplicity.




Come Together, People Vol. 2: Twelve Portraits

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Come Together, People Vol. 2: Twelve Portraits
at Art & Space Kokokara
Media: Painting - Drawing
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-25)




Contemporary Bamboo Sculptures from Shanghai

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Contemporary Bamboo Sculptures from Shanghai
at Japan-China Friendship Center
Media: Sculpture
(2018-02-01 - 2018-02-25)

Characterized by elegant brush-like carving techniques, bamboo sculptures from the Jiading District of Shanghai express narratives from poetry, books and paintings through their three-dimensional representations. Appreciated for their high artistic value suited to those with literary interests, they were considered a gift to the court in the early days of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). The craft was traditionally passed down through blood lines and shared primarily among families and apprentices. In 2006, it was registered as China’s first National Intangible Cultural Heritage. Around 80 bamboo sculptures by contemporary crafts people from Jiading will be on exhibit here.




Go Hayakawa “Howl”

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Go Hayakawa “Howl”
at The Artcomplex Center of Tokyo
Media: Painting
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-25)

Exhibition showcasing around 60 paintings by Go Hayakawa, including two large scale works (2.3m × 8m) and focusing on abstract pieces, Japanese-style nihonga paintings and works in acrylic. Venue: B1F Artcomplex Hall




Gozo Yoshimasu “La Broderie de feu”

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Gozo Yoshimasu “La Broderie de feu”
at NADiff a/p/a/r/t
Media: Drawing - Photography - Installation - Video and Film - Sound - Performance Art - Party
(2018-02-08 - 2018-02-25)

Spotlighting work by leading poet Gozo Yoshimasu, this exhibition features his poem “Kaibutsu-kun” (Dear Monster) inspired by themes of “deconstruction and reconstruction” and “rubble” in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, and his “La Broderie de feu” (Fire Embroidery) encompassing photography, video, and poetry. This exhibition is part of the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum’s 10th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions program. [Event] Performance Gozo Organic Fukubukuro Orchestra Vol. 5 Date: Feb. 23 (Fri) 19:00–20:30 Featuring: Gozo Yoshimasu, Maryla, Whitelight Admission: 2500 yen in advance, 2700 yen same-day Please see the official website for reservations another details.




Kazuhiro Imai “This Is Life”

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Kazuhiro Imai “This Is Life”
at The Blank Gallery
Media: Graphics - Prints - Party
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)

Since the early 1980s, Kazuhiro Imai has produced numerous artwork that has featured in the hardcore and punk scenes both in Japan and overseas. His art has played an important role as the “face” of different bands, expressing their philosophy in a direct and powerful way alongside the music. Having played in bands himself as of the 1980s, Imai’s approach and way of life is informed by both art and music. In this exhibition you can see original artwork made for flyers, album jackets and t-shirts, while merchandise such as limited edition silk screen posters and t-shirts will also be available for purchase.




Leandro Erlich “Cosmic & Domestic”

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Leandro Erlich “Cosmic & Domestic”
at Art Front Gallery
Media: Installation - Party
(2018-01-19 - 2018-02-25)

Leandro Erlich questions viewers’ senses of ‘reality’ by offering unexpected combinations and relationships. For the past few years, his interests have centred on reorganizing the meaning of things used in everyday life. He is especially concerned with items wh ere forms manifest themselves in functionality. His new work Laundry , lines up eight spin-dryer windows. Dryers take their expected form from their function in drying clothes. But Erlich’s dryers, in fact, are without clothes, and the windows show videos of spinning clothes. The action of laundry is a fiction. The moment viewers notice this pure absence in the window, they start a quest for real meaning. Previously people had never interrogated the sense, or existence, of dryers, but Erli ch dexterously causes a blurring of recognition, and an ambivalence.




Maki Toshima “Imaginary Lines”

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Maki Toshima “Imaginary Lines”
at MEM
Media: Photography - Installation - Video and Film - Party
(2018-02-08 - 2018-02-25)

Maki Toshima’s video installations and drawings question “whether it is possible to apply human imagination.” The exhibition’s title “imaginary lines” typically refers to fictional lines created for the filming or production of films or narratives, particularly lines that unite two characters or single lines showing the direction of vehicles. The show features new video installations and a drawing series of imaginary cities created overseas. *This exhibition will be held as one of the Partnership Programs of Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions.




Makoto Orui “Makoto Latest Ceramic Works”

Makoto Orui “Makoto Latest Ceramic Works”
at Vacant
Media: Photography - Ceramics
(2018-02-02 - 2018-02-25)

Presenting a lineup of new ceramic works by Paris-based art director Makoto Orui, who has spent the last 10 years working with ceramics. Orui’s pieces are recognizable for their distinctive distorted shapes, palettes carefully combining the colors of glazes and clay, and occasional hand-painted natural motifs. He is someone who pushes the boundaries of expression in this medium while expanding and deepening his own vision. This exhibition will introduce Orui’s latest ceramics as well as his works presented at “0fr.” in Paris in November. “Makoto Ceramic Works,” a book published to accompany “0fr.,” will also be available for purchase at the venue.




Mami Kosemura + Yuki Hayashi + Ken Matsubara “Recall”

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Mami Kosemura + Yuki Hayashi + Ken Matsubara “Recall”
at MA2 Gallery
Media: Installation - Video and Film
(2018-02-07 - 2018-02-25)

This group exhibition by three artists is organized around the concept “invisible” - the theme of this year’s Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions. In contemporary society, elusive aspects such as time and existence are experienced as bodily sensations. Meanwhile, media consumption is a consciousness act. Here you can encounter a selection of works that speak to the senses. Each of the artists approaches time in a unique way and presents works that allow viewers to experience the familiar - Mami Kosemura through her video works that take advantage of the gallery space, Yuki Hayashi through his multidimensional pieces, and Ken Matsubara through his use of repetition. [Related Events] Lounge Talk: “Invisible - Recalling Memories” Date: Feb. 21 (Wed), 17:15-18:15 Speakers: Ken Matsubara (artist), Kotaro Iizawa (photography critic) Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography




Mitsuru Suzuki Exhibition

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Mitsuru Suzuki Exhibition
at Gallery Kabutoya
Media: Painting
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)




Nagi Yoshida “Tribe Walk”

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Nagi Yoshida “Tribe Walk”
at Kanzan Gallery
Media: Photography - Talks
(2018-02-03 - 2018-02-25)

Kanzan Gallery presents for the second time “Tribe Walk,” Nagi Yoshida’s digital installation showcasing time spent with ethnic minorities around the world. The photo collection “Heroes” featuring works from Papa New Guinea will be released in April, 2018.




Naha Kanie + Akane Nakajima “Preparation Time is the Most Exciting.”

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Naha Kanie + Akane Nakajima “Preparation Time is the Most Exciting.”
at Open Letter
Media: Graphics - Drawing - Installation
(2018-01-27 - 2018-02-25)

Contemporary poet Naha Kanie and painter Akane Nakajima work respectively on poetry and painting - their media of choice - but in recent years they have also have been participating in the creation of video works, performances and other pieces. In this exhibition, Naha and Nakajima will attempt to display the “preparation process itself of the two artists’ collaboration,” presenting sites, siutations and instances where “poetry” and “painting” interact with each other. An example of their previous collaborations can be seen with poetry collections such as “Yoisareta Shokutaku (The Laid Table)” (2015), awarded the 2016 Nakahara Chuya Prize and featuring Naha’s poetry and Nakajima’s book-cover design, “Uma Hiku Otoko (The Man Pulling Horse)” (2016), and “IC” (2017). Here they will explore a new type of collaboration through their first ever exhibition together. Preparation Themes: Jan. 27 (Sat), 28 (Sun): Junbi-bantan (Completely Ready) Feb. 3 (Sat), 4 (Sun): Junbi-taisou (Preparation Gymnastics) Feb. 10 (Sat), 11 (Sun): Junbi-chu (In Preparation) Feb. 17 (Sat), 18 (Sun): Junbi-chan (Preparatoin-chan) Feb. 24 (Sat), 25 (Sun): Junbi-busoku (Lack of Preparation) *Exhibition contents will change every weekend.




Natsu Yamaguchi “Colors”

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Natsu Yamaguchi “Colors”
at L'illustre Galerie Le Monde
Media: Illustration - Fashion
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-25)

Exhibiting the work of fashion and beauty illustrator and textile artist Natsu Yamaguchi.




Preview

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Preview
at Eukaryote
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Party
(2018-02-16 - 2018-02-25)

The new contemporary art gallery Eukaryote will open on March 2, 2018 (Friday) but before the official opening date, this exhibition featuring the work of 12 artists will be held as a preview event. The artists who will participate include those who used to be represented by the gallery’s predecessor Sezon Art Gallery, such as photographer Kazuto Ishikawa and painter Soichi Yamaguchi. The current artist collective represents a shore of catharsis, and includes Dan Isomura, Junya Ogawa, Keisuke Katsuki, Haruna Shinagawa, Natsuki Takayama, Ryosuke Tanaka, Haruya Nakajima, Taishi Hatayama and Yang Bo. This group exhibition will give you a sense of the direction that Eukaryote wishes to take, which is to be beyond conventional boundaries and genres of art, and to be centered on young artists in their 20s.




Projects by Assa Ashuach + Marcel Helmer

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Projects by Assa Ashuach + Marcel Helmer
at Kyoto Institute of Technology - Kyoto Design Lab Tokyo Gallery
Media: Graphics - Product
(2017-12-20 - 2018-02-25)

The Projects exhibition centres on recent work developed at Kyoto Design Lab during recent residencies by two designers. Assa Ashuach is a pioneer in the use of additive manufacturing and was D-lab’s 2017 Designer-in-Residence. Assa studied the natural geometrical growth patterns of the bamboo and translated this into producible 3D structures. He created a 3D structural growth algorithm inspired by the bamboo bio-microstructures which took into consideration the limitations of the 3D printing process. On show are the many 3D printed prototypes and developed and the final STEM chair that the process inspired. Marcel Helmer, a communication and interaction designer from the RCA’s Design Interactions course was Kyoto Design Lab’s 2016 Design Associate. His science education design project centred on finding a new way of communicating the qualities of drosophila and their value as scientific tools within medical research and biology.




Rikako Nagashima “Musubi”

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Rikako Nagashima “Musubi”
at Clinic
Media: Installation - Party
(2018-02-04 - 2018-02-25)

Rikako Nagashima recreates her installation “Human Nature,” originally an homage to Anish Kapoor inspired by her art direction for a 2017 Kapoor exhibition, at the site of a former clinic.




Sakiko Nomura “Koshiro Matsumoto (the tenth) My Last Remaining Dream”

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Sakiko Nomura “Koshiro Matsumoto (the tenth) My Last Remaining Dream”
at Akio Nagasawa Gallery
Media: Photography
(2018-02-01 - 2018-02-25)

Here you can see miracle moments captured by Sakiko Nomura, a photographer who has been shooting scenes on and behind the stages of Kabuki actor Somegoro Ichikawa (the 7th) for about 17 years.




Sawako Ura “Versoa”

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Sawako Ura “Versoa”
at Spiral
Media: Product - Fashion
(2018-02-05 - 2018-02-25)

This exhibition is part of an original collaboration with Sawako Ura, a textile designer based in Finland whose concept of design is based on the aesthetics of nature and sceneries of people’s memories. Gaining a Master of Arts from Aalto University in 2011, she collaborated with Marimekko for her thesis and designs for the Marimekko 2012 spring collection. Since graduating, Ura has been working with Marimekko, Samuji and kokka as a freelance designer. The first part of this collaboration with Mina-to will present a variety of tote bags and pouches. The inspiration for these designs is drawn from the sprouting of plants in spring. To mark the release of these goods, this solo exhibition - Ura’s first in Tokyo for three years - introduces original design drawings and textiles that have not previously been show publicly in Japan. Venue: Mina-To (Spiral 1F)




Takahiro Nagasawa “Daily Takahiro”

Takahiro Nagasawa “Daily Takahiro”
at Eitoeiko
Media: Illustration - Drawing - Manga
(2018-02-18 - 2018-02-25)

December 15, 2018 through January 19, 2019, Eitoeiko will exhibit the Takahiro Nagasawa show “Ore Shimbun” (Newspaper of Me) depicting Nagasawa’s daily life. As a run-up to this exhibition, the gallery now features drawings from the newspaper series, started by the artist at the civic center Manabia Terrace in his hometown of Higashine, Yamagata Prefecture. Nagasawa will be at the gallery during the show and a crowd-funding page for the project will be put online.




The World of Saeko Yamazaki

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The World of Saeko Yamazaki
at Jike Studio
Media: Sculpture - Crafts
(2018-02-03 - 2018-02-25)

Painting straight onto denim and producing semi three-dimensional works, through her practice Saeko Yamazaki brings to life what is best described as her own unique world.




Tomoyuki Sagami “Behind Closed Doors”

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Tomoyuki Sagami “Behind Closed Doors”
at Kobo Chika
Media: Photography - Party
(2018-02-01 - 2018-02-25)

In his photographs, Tomoyuki Sagami records traces of buildings and lives that he has encountered while wandering throughout the city, documenting eras and spaces that are disappearing amidst the bustle of the present day metropolis. Can his images of buildings destined to fade away be considered as belonging to the historical past, or to the present? Where do cities, societies, lives go? Such questions can be explored through Sagami’s works. Curated by Masafumi Fukagawa. [Related Event] Tomoyuki Sagami and Masafumi Fukagawa Talk Event Date: Feb. 10 (Sat), 16:30-17:30 *Event in Japanese




Twin Stars Twinkling

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Twin Stars Twinkling
at Books & Gallery cafe Tentekido
Media: Illustration - Painting - Product - Fashion - Ceramics
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-25)




Woody Gooch “Where Shadows Lay”

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Woody Gooch “Where Shadows Lay”
at Diginner Gallery Workshop
Media: Photography
(2018-02-10 - 2018-02-25)

Following on from his previous show “One Blue is Enough,” where he presented the various near geometric expressions of the sea and its waves, Woody Gooch showcases photographs that capture the mysterious appearance of the earth’s surface and mountains.




Yuima Nakazato “Harmonize”

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Yuima Nakazato “Harmonize”
at 21_21 Design Sight
Media: Fashion
(2018-02-21 - 2018-02-25)

“Eventually, each and every garment will be unique and different.” This is what Yuima Nakazato envisions as the future of mankind. Based on this vision, Nakazato has developed an innovative method to manufacture clothes without sewing. Assembling clothes with originally developed parts called “Units” makes it possible to freely combine and rearrange their design, size, and materials, leading to garments that harmonize with everyone who wears them. This exhibition features Nakazato’s latest collection, introduced at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in January 2018, and its proprietary manufacturing system of innovative clothes along with its new products using Ultrasuede®PX, an environmentally friendly suede texture fabric invented by Toray. Experience the future apparel envisioned by Nakazato, who wishes to deliver ultimate one-of-a-kind garments to each and every person in the world. Venue: Gallery 3




Yukio Fukazawa Exhibition

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Yukio Fukazawa Exhibition
at Tama Art University
Media: Prints - Talks
(2017-12-10 - 2018-02-25)

Yukio Fukazawa, who passed away at the age of 93 in January, 2017, was a world-renowned Japanese printmaker who taught copperplate etching at Tama Art University for many years. Inspired by artists such as Tetsuro Komai and Chimei Hamada, the self-taught Fukazawa became a leading copperplate printmaker with his large-format multicolored works. He also worked in calligraphy, ceramics, and glass art. This exhibition marking the one-year anniversary of Fukazawa’s death introduces around 40 of his works including, prints from the Tama Art University Museum’s collection and pieces of glass art. Enjoy the expressive world of this multi-talented artist. [Event] Gallery Talks Dates: Dec. 23, Jan. 20, Feb. 24 15:00–16:00




Yuna Okanishi “Blue Curve/Song”

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Yuna Okanishi “Blue Curve/Song”
at Karuizawa New Art Museum
Media: Painting - Drawing
(2018-01-31 - 2018-02-25)

Presenting works from painter Yuna Okanishi’s new series “Ao Kyoku” (Blue Curve/Song) featuring curved silver acrylic strokes and ocean-blue backgrounds inspired by the sometimes elegant, sometimes ferocious movement of sharks.




Yusuke Suga “afterburning”

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Yusuke Suga “afterburning”
at Ex-chamber Museum
Media: Sculpture
(2018-02-10 - 2018-02-25)

Sculptor Yusuke Suga employs a variety of materials to produce unique creations that embody his own ideas while also expressing realities that originate from phenomena. This solo exhibition is comprised of wood carvings that epitomize the core of his sculptural expression and invites viewers get familiar with Suga’s fascinating approach.




guse ars “Crest”

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guse ars “Crest”
at Museum Shop T
Media: Sculpture - Ceramics
(2018-02-09 - 2018-02-25)

This exhibition presents of objects and patterned works on the theme of crests, utilizing ceramic fragments collected from Asa River, a tributary of the Tama River. These new works which may be referred to as “future ruins” are born out of old pottery and appear to link back to the land.




HIroyuki Tomita “Odyssey”

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HIroyuki Tomita “Odyssey”
at Park Hotel Tokyo
Media: Ceramics
(2017-12-28 - 2018-02-26)

Internationally active ceramic artist Hiroyuki Tomita introduces a variety of tiles, art objects and vessels on the theme of epic space travel. As a tribute to Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A space odyssey,” he presents “2018: Hiroyuki Tomita’s odyssey.” Venue: 23F Art Lounge




Tohbe Tahara Exhibition

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Tohbe Tahara Exhibition
at Sogo Yokohama Art Gallery
Media: Ceramics
(2018-02-20 - 2018-02-26)

The famed Fukawa kiln (Fukawa Hagi) has been in operation for nearly 4 centuries, while the Tahara line has a 350-year history of producing Hagi tea ware for the Mouri family, once feudal lords of the Hagi area. This exhibition presents the work of thirteenth generation Tahara ceramicist Tohbe Tahara. See how he incorporates his own ideas into the Hagi ware tradition.







Pictures, Beauty, Painting and Art

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Pictures, Beauty, Painting and Art
at Tetoka
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Party
(2018-02-15 - 2018-02-27)

This exhibition brings together the creative work of current students, graduates and teachers of the “Pictures, Beauty, Painting and Art” course that has been running at the art school for the last 9 years. See the direction it is heading in as it looks towards its 10th anniversary next year.




Wataru Nishioka “Investigating Light”

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Wataru Nishioka “Investigating Light”
at Alt_Medium
Media: Photography
(2018-02-22 - 2018-02-27)




Yayoi Kusama Prints

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Yayoi Kusama Prints
at Ginza Mitsukoshi 7th Floor Gallery
Media: Prints
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-27)

Yayoi Kusama is a top contemporary artist who has spent her career continuing to depict a fantastical world using watercolors, pastels, oil paint and various other media, utilizing polka dot and mesh pattern motifs that she discovered back in early childhood. She received the Order of Culture in 2016, more than 520,000 people visited her “Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul” exhibition held from February 22, 2017 at the National Art Center, Tokyo, and she even opened her own Yayoi Kusama Museum in Shinjuku, Tokyo on October 1 last year. Here you can see a variety of print works by the prominent artist.




100 Years of Czech Comics - Comics in History, History in Comics

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100 Years of Czech Comics - Comics in History, History in Comics
at Czech Centre Tokyo
Media: Manga
(2018-01-29 - 2018-02-28)

The fate of Czech comics was closely related to the political development of the new sovereign state of Czechoslovakia throughout most of the 20th century. This included a short period of creative freedom, and repeated periods of stagnation and control. It has now been 30 years since democracy was restored in 1989, and much has changed in both the country now known as the Czech Republic and the comics produced there. This exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the First Czechoslovak Republic reflects the history of Czech Republic and the comics it has produced to date.




Ayumi Hisatsune “Comic Goddess - My Music”

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Ayumi Hisatsune “Comic Goddess - My Music”
at Lamp harajuku
Media: Sound - Party
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-28)




François Bret Exhibition

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François Bret Exhibition
at Gallery 21
Media: Painting - Prints
(2018-01-24 - 2018-02-28)

Though François Bret is hailed as the last great painter to emerge from France, his work is still fairly unknown to many in Japan. This exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of his birth.




Hideharu Fukasaku Exhibition

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Hideharu Fukasaku Exhibition
at F.E.I Art Gallery
Media: Painting
(2018-02-14 - 2018-02-28)

While recognized as a leading international eye surgeon, Hideharu Fukasaku is also known as an artist who works with various forms of expression and media, including oil painting and printmaking. Furthermore, he is also the owner of three galleries that lead the Japanese art scene in new directions while supporting up-and-coming artists. This exhibition introduces a selection of his own latest works.




Hiromi Uramoto “Slow sway”

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Hiromi Uramoto “Slow sway”
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery
Media: Video and Film
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-28)

Lineup of new video works by Hiromi Uramoto, including a piece based on the “telephone game” played by men trying simulated childbirth. Venue: Space O




Hiroyuki Yamada “Crayon”

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Hiroyuki Yamada “Crayon”
at Space Yui
Media: Illustration - Drawing
(2018-02-19 - 2018-02-28)

On this occasion artist Hiroyuki Yamada presents works in crayon, which feature patterns and landscapes achieved through scratching techniques.




Kafkanako “Nina”

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Kafkanako “Nina”
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery
Media: Sculpture - Installation
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-28)

Kafkanako presents a new installation and three-dimensional works based on the story of a milliner who is arrested one day for an unknown crime which occurs the month after he has undergone brain surgery, having lost all memory. Venue: Space S




Mai Inoue Exhibition

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Mai Inoue Exhibition
at Ueno Royal Museum
Media: Nihonga
(2018-02-17 - 2018-02-28)

Presenting new works by the 34th exhibition grand prize winner Mai Inoue.




Masami Yanagida + No Panties “Love Call”

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Masami Yanagida + No Panties “Love Call”
at Rocket
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Drawing - Product - Fashion - Party
(2018-02-22 - 2018-02-28)

Masami Yanagida presents more than 500 new works available for purchase, including drawings and stickers, while No Panties will show a selection of illustrations displayed on the gallery walls. There will also be original goods for sale, such as No Panties trainers and T-shirts, stickers and accessories.




Miho Katsuragawa “Eye to Eye”

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Miho Katsuragawa “Eye to Eye”
at Flew Gallery
Media: Product - Crafts
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-28)

Eye to eye, hand and hand, heart and heart. Miho Katsuragawa looks to connect people through her works comprised of dyed textile hangings.




NEWoMan Art Wall vol.10: Masahito Koshinaka

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NEWoMan Art Wall vol.10: Masahito Koshinaka
at Newoman Art Wall
Media: Photography - Video and Film
(2018-02-01 - 2018-02-28)

Video installations and pictures from Masahito Koshinaka’s series “double word” (2008) will be on view at NEWoMAN New South Gate (Shinjuku JR station) for the NEWoMan ART wall. The video installations have been specially re-edited for this exhibition, and Koshinaka’s video works will be on display on the building billboard and column monitors.




NarumeNKR + Fusedy + Yabai + unaiukino Exhibition

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NarumeNKR + Fusedy + Yabai + unaiukino Exhibition
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery
Media: Painting - Drawing
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-28)

Venue: Space M




Next to Taimei Gallery Vol. 2: Takahiro Imai

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Next to Taimei Gallery Vol. 2: Takahiro Imai
at Taimei Gallery
Media: Painting
(2018-01-01 - 2018-02-28)

The second Next to Taimei Gallery exhibition showcasing contemporary art and the work of young artist features the 2009 Tama Art University graduate Takahiro Imai, who paints subjects showing no particular expressions. His work using academic techniques open to interpretation focuses on women in transitionary periods of their lives from childhood to adulthood. *This exhibition will be held inside the front entrance of the Hulic Ginza 7-chome Building where Taimei Gallery is located.




Portraits

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Portraits
at Maho Kubota Gallery
Media: Painting
(2018-02-07 - 2018-02-28)

Maho Kubota Gallery is proud to present a thematic exhibition on “Portrait,” presenting works by seven artists.




Shibuya Hikarie 8: Hachi (Eight)

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Shibuya Hikarie 8: Hachi (Eight)
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Cube 1, 2, 3
Media: Graphics
(2018-02-17 - 2018-02-28)

8 (hachi/eight) is the name of the 8th floor of Shibuya Hikari, a dedicated creative space that centers on an open “Court” event area surrounded by various shops, galleries, cafes and share offices. Established in April 2012, it inherited the lineage of Tokyu Cultural Center, which was previously located in the area, and set out to create a new phenomenon different to that which has grown up in Roppongi, Ginza and Aoyama. Having been open for six years now, the space has fostered new exchanges between those involved. This exhibition present messages from those who have been involved so far. A talk event will be held on the final day. *Please see the official website for further details. *Talk event in Japanese.




Wei Wawa “Serious illness”

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Wei Wawa “Serious illness”
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery
Media: Media Arts
(2018-02-23 - 2018-02-28)

Venue: Space E




Iwana Akizuki “Gods in Nature - Beauty of Natural Scenery”

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Iwana Akizuki “Gods in Nature - Beauty of Natural Scenery”
at Open Gallery 1&2
Media: Photography - Talks
(2018-01-31 - 2018-03-01)

This exhibition by photographer Iwana Akizuki showcases 27 images by the artist that express her veneration of nature and the divinities that reside in the depths of its scenery. With her works you can discover the “beauty” of Japan’s natural environment through the swaying movement of flowers, the vivid colors of trees and the sea of red that autumn brings with it. In a country where development and the destruction of nature continue to progress, these images give a sense of the importance of nature, its sense of permanence and transience. Venue: Open Gallery 1




Jun Itoi “Light Weaver”

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Jun Itoi “Light Weaver”
at Gallery Saoh & Tomos B
Media: Painting
(2018-02-20 - 2018-03-02)




Haruo Kawana Exhibition

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Haruo Kawana Exhibition
at Gallery Natsuka
Media: Painting
(2018-02-19 - 2018-03-03)

Haruo Kawana presents a series of landscape paintings produced for his graduation project.




Hiro Tsuchiya “Boundary”

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Hiro Tsuchiya “Boundary”
at Koki Arts
Media: Painting - Party
(2018-01-27 - 2018-03-03)

Koki Arts presents seven new works by Hiro Tsuchiya, who explores the theme of death. What one can and cannot see during the last moments of life is something only the one experiencing it can know. Tsuchiya’s paintings search for a boundary between the visible and invisible: they are a process of imagining and understanding the unknown. Despite being about death, by limiting the usage of colors, the works offer the viewer a glimpse of the unknown world with a sense of tranquility.




Hiroshi Toyofuku + Yoshihiko Yaegashi Exhibition

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Hiroshi Toyofuku + Yoshihiko Yaegashi Exhibition
at Art For Thought
Media: Painting - Nihonga - Sculpture
(2018-02-22 - 2018-03-03)

This two-person exhibition introduces the work of ceramicist Hiroshi Toyofuku and painter Hirohiko Yagoshi, both graduates of International Christian University. Toyofuku uses a traditional wood-burning kiln in Okayama to produce Bizen Ware, which has a long history in this area traceable back to the Sue pottery era. Approximately 30 items such as flower vases and tea ware will be shown here. Meanwhile, Yagoshi, who is based in Iwate, will present a selection of paintings of varying dimensions on the theme of “Hayachine Kagura” dance and “mountains,” both of which played a role in his relocation to Iwate. Working with brushes and ink, these new series have a strongly improvised and unique appeal.




Kazuhiro Nomura + Kenji Shibata “Her Fingertips and Legend”

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Kazuhiro Nomura + Kenji Shibata “Her Fingertips and Legend”
at Harmas Gallery
Media: Painting - Installation - Party
(2018-01-19 - 2018-03-03)

This exhibition is a collaboration between Kazuhiro Nomura, whose paintings and installations examine the meaning and functions of materials, and Kenji Shibata, who produces paintings with a mysterious sense of space that seems to simultaneously recede and protrude from the picture surface. What is common to their practice is the theme of “uncertain entities.” Here Nomura presents installations featuring earrings and stools, while Shibata exhibits smooth mirror-like paintings that reflect the appearance of the viewer. The exhibition is jointly produced by Harmas Gallery and Artto’s educational program “Curation Practice.”




Kikuji Kawada “Los Caprichos - Instagraphy - 2017”

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Kikuji Kawada “Los Caprichos - Instagraphy - 2017”
at PGI
Media: Photography
(2018-01-12 - 2018-03-03)

“Los Caprichos - Instagraphy - 2017” features a new edition of the original works created between the 1960s and early 1980s presented together with previously unreleased images and a sequel shot between 2016 and 2017. Kikuji Kawada was so inspired by Goya’s “Los Caprichos” that he found himself roaming the streets to pay homage to the fanciful engravings. Employing a snapshot aesthetic, along with the occasional multiple exposure, he began to scour scenes from everyday life and shadowy urban sprawls for equally fantastical imagery. The result is a powerful yet dire commentary on everything from social unrest to the end of days. New archival pigment prints were produced from the original negatives for this exhibition.




Kyoji Takahashi “Image of Despair”

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Kyoji Takahashi “Image of Despair”
at Gallery Side 2
Media: Photography
(2018-02-02 - 2018-03-03)