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36th SD Review 2017: Models and drawings of architecture, environments, and interiors

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36th SD Review 2017: Models and drawings of architecture, environments, and interiors
at Daikanyama Hillside Forum
Media: Drawing - Architecture - Sculpture
(2017-09-13 - 2017-09-24)

This event created by Fumihiko Maki is regarded as a springboard for those looking to become future architects. Follow the thought process of the designers featured as they communicate their concepts in a highly realistic and tangible manner through the drawings and models on display here.




A.CE “Attention Span”

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A.CE “Attention Span”
at Wish Less
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Prints - Party
(2017-09-02 - 2017-09-24)

A.CE is a London based artist and this exhibition marks his first time exhibiting in Japan. He has been a key figure in the UK street art scene for over 15 years and in that time his instantly recognizable wheat-pasted images have featured prominently across the urban landscape. Drawing inspiration in part from Dada collage and classic pop art, as well as from his time as a skateboarder and the bold graphics he encountered then, his work is a raw presentation of nostalgic imagery intuitively selected, blended and remixed with contemporary fragments, resulting in a new narrative with ambiguities and incongruities, humour and messages that reflect the absurdities of popular culture and a consumer driven society. Alongside a vibrant selection of his most famous street pieces and prints, there will also be limited edition A.CE × WishLess T-shirts on sale.




Akane Nakajima “Swim In The Garden”

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Akane Nakajima “Swim In The Garden”
at Vacant
Media: Painting - Drawing - Talks
(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.




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
Media: Illustration - Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Talks
(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




Atsuki Kikuchi + Kazunari Hattori + Kaoru Kasai “Book Design”

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Atsuki Kikuchi + Kazunari Hattori + Kaoru Kasai “Book Design”
at Our Favourite Shop
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Product - Party
(2017-08-18 - 2017-09-24)

Atsuki Kikuchi, Kazunari Hattori, and Kaoru Kasai are art directors of differing generations that have come together for this exhibition on book design. Usually working in the realm of advertising and graphic design, they have the ability to communicate the contents and appeal of a book in a brief moment. Various original posters by the three designers will be on sale (with signed editions available during the exhibition period) and some books.




Barbara Rosene “New York Jazz Scenes”

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Barbara Rosene “New York Jazz Scenes”
at Hiromart Gallery Tokyo
Media: Painting - Party
(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
Media: Graphics - Painting - Manga
(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.




Chibiru “Jimigurumi”

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Chibiru “Jimigurumi”
at TAMBOURIN GALLERY
Media: Crafts - Party
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-24)

ChibiRu’s knitted stuffed animals are inspired by Art Nouveau and early 20th century Paris.




Dai Murata “Pura Vida”

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Dai Murata “Pura Vida”
at Gallery 201
Media: Photography
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-24)

Pura Vida is a phrase that Dai Murata heard for the first time while traveling and is something that stuck with him. It translates as “pure life,” meaning a life lived with a virtuous heart. Here Murata recalls memories of his trip - the pure enjoyment of walking, filled honest feelings and the wind blowing at his face.




Esperanza Meeting Vol.5

Esperanza Meeting Vol.5
at Gallery Kabutoya
Media: Graphics - Illustration - Painting - Photography - Prints
(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




Gustave Dore’s “The Divine Comedy”

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Gustave Dore’s “The Divine Comedy”
at Ginza Retro Gallery Musee
Media: Prints
(2017-08-23 - 2017-09-24)

Displaying 29 prints from a century ago by Gustave Dore depicting scenes from Dante’s “The Divine Comedy.”




Jissen! Sougakujuku Seventh Stage

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Jissen! Sougakujuku Seventh Stage
at Dazzle
Media: Graphics - Illustration
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-24)

An exhibition by book cover illustrators, with talks and critiques for aspiring designers.




Junko Nagano “To a limitless world”

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Junko Nagano “To a limitless world”
at Gallery Hana Shimokitazawa
Media: Prints
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-24)

Having worked for 20 years as copperplate print artist, Junko Nagano published her first book of prints titled “To a limitless world” with T-Box this spring. Prints featured in this collection will be for sale here.




Junya Sato + Nobuhiko Murayama + Nina Beier & Marie Lund “Light Through the Window”

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Junya Sato + Nobuhiko Murayama + Nina Beier & Marie Lund “Light Through the Window”
at Hagiwara Projects
Media: Sculpture - Installation
(2017-08-26 - 2017-09-24)

Exhibition introducing the work of three artists/artist units: Junya Sato, Nobuhiko Murayama, and Nina Beier & Marie Lund. Over the last few years, Junya Sato has regularly created drawings by spreading coins left in his wallet at the end of the day on a canvas and tracing the outline of their shape. In this exhibition, works selected from out of over 100 drawings will be presented either on display or exhibited inside a box. The abstract, monochromatic images are suggestive of great streams in human society, such as the circulation of currency and the social activities associated with it. Nobuhiko Murayama explores how to express the optical experience of seeing a thing through painting, taking ancient sculptures exhibited in overseas museums as a motif. The image of these sculptures, painted by pushing paint through from the back of the coarse cotton linen through to the front of the canvas, is faint and blurred, but has a strong sense of presence, as if an image has been etched on the retina. His artwork is an abstraction of the sense of time hidden behind images. Nina Beier & Marie Lund will exhibit framed vintage posters works that were initially exhibited in 2008. The theme of these posters is the protest of war; however, viewers can hardly see the contents as the posters themselves are folded in half. Their artworks challenge viewer on the “perception of images,” presenting objects that are themselves barely visible. The “images” produced through these three different approaches quietly but satisfyingly permeate the viewers’ instincts and experiences.




Kazumoto Tashiro “Ulleungdo”

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Kazumoto Tashiro “Ulleungdo”
at Photographers' Gallery
Media: Photography
(2017-09-05 - 2017-09-24)

Kazumoto Tashiro’s “Tsubaki no Machi” (Camellia Town) series photographs northern Kyushu, including his hometown of Fukuoka, and southern South Korea. Like falling camellia petals, these images feature broad and gentle compositions. Photographs of the remote South Korean island of Ulleungdo from “Tsubaki no Machi” are on display.




Kiyoshi Nakagamai Exhibition

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Kiyoshi Nakagamai Exhibition
at Galerie Paris
Media: Painting - Talks
(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.




Makoto Kobayashi “Acute Angle”

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Makoto Kobayashi “Acute Angle”
at Place M
Media: Photography
(2017-09-18 - 2017-09-24)




Mami Itagaki “Between Real and Unreal”

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Mami Itagaki “Between Real and Unreal”
at Nanatasu Gallery
Media: Sculpture - Party
(2017-09-02 - 2017-09-24)

Mami Itagaki, a graduate of the Tokyo University of Arts Sculpture Department who has exhibited her work in both solo exhibitions and international art fairs, presents sculptures made with toso, a clay created from glue-mixed paulownia wood powder. Dealing with the blurred nature of imagination and reality, these sculptures taking the forms of high school girls strike new Buddhist statue poses. [Artist Statement] ~Is this world dream or reality I myself don’t understand reality and dreams For this world both exists and doesn’t exist~ We live everyday life taking our existence for granted; a business man boarding a crowded train is just one familiar scene. But sometimes I think that this existence may be “nothing”. I think that even the existence we take for granted is “nothing.” Only, when thinking this, I am simultaneously made to consider what “existence” is. This world has been created with the illusion of non-existence. And it is in this world between the real and unreal, where my very own existence is in question, that I am strangely moved to make work. A high school girl blowing bubbles takes up the pose of a Miroku Bodhisattva statue from Kyoto prefecture’s Koryu-ji Temple. It seems much like a beautiful and ephemeral dream that, like a bubble or the freedom of youth, will pass in the blink of an eye. - Mami Itagaki




Masahide Kudo “I Have Been in the Forest”

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Masahide Kudo “I Have Been in the Forest”
at Gallery Yume
Media: Painting
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-24)

Oil painted fabrics exploring subconscious memories and events.




Minami Arai “Trace of an Act lll”

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Minami Arai “Trace of an Act lll”
at TAV Gallery
Media: Sculpture - Party - Workshops
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-24)

It has been three years since Minami Arai’s previous solo exhibition, “Trace of Writing,” curated by author Kyoichi Tsuzuki. This time around she will present her graduation work “Trace of an Act - The World behind Print” (2012), her postgraduate work “Trace of an Act ll - Expressing oneself in poetry” (2014), and her latest work in this series. [Related Event] Keita Ito x Isakari Mare: Exhibition Lighting Workshop - Different ways to look at and show artworks Event Date: Sep. 16 (Sat) 18:00-20:00 Admission: ¥1000 *Event in Japanese




Misato Kuroda “Kuroda Misato Shop”

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Misato Kuroda “Kuroda Misato Shop”
at Alt_Medium
Media: Photography
(2017-09-14 - 2017-09-24)

Misato Kuroda is known for photobooks such as “Sawako” and “Envy Beautifully.” In addition to displaying works available for purchase (which can be taken home on the day), this event will have Kuroda shooting portraits at the gallery on a daily basis. The artist will send the images she shoots onto the gallery the following day as prints or data. Photographs on display will change throughout the exhibition period, so it may be an idea to visit more than once.




Panasonic - Creative!

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Panasonic - Creative!
at Daikanyama T-site Garden Gallery
Media: Product - Crafts
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-24)

Panasonic will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2018. As a manufacturer of consumer electronics, they have had a tremendous impact on the way Japanese lifestyle has developed. This exhibition will present “heritage appliances” that have enriched daily life and tell of the history of Japan. There will be various major home electronics items that are rarely seen, as well as their latest products created with the next 100 years in mind. You can also watch a special commercial they have produced to commemorate their centenary, which will only be broadcast on television a total of five times.




Philippine Design Exhibition 2017 – Exclusively by Hands

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Philippine Design Exhibition 2017 – Exclusively by Hands
at Good Design Marunouchi
Media: Graphics - Product - Fashion - Crafts
(2017-09-11 - 2017-09-24)

Showcasing lacquer, leather, metal, weavings, woodwork, and other handmade creations by young artisans from the Philippines.




Railroad Siding 2017

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Railroad Siding 2017
at Former Tokorozawa-shi Dai-ni Gakko Kyusyoku Center
Media: Painting - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Sound - Performance Art - Party - Workshops - Talks
(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.




Seung woo Back “I’m a Picture-Grapher: Photographs of this era”

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Seung woo Back “I’m a Picture-Grapher: Photographs of this era”
at Post / Limart
Media: Photography - Party - Talks
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-24)

Exhibition marking the release of Seung woo Back’s latest photo book “Blank Medium.” It centers on the series of the same title that he presented in the “Korea Artist Prize” exhibition organized by the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea in 2016, incorporating all of his questions about our perceptions of images and photography as a medium. The term “blank medium” refers to the base data of a memory storage device, i.e., the small portion of computer or digital memory that is unavailable to users. For Back, anyone working in photography is operating in the realm of this blank, unwritten space. A talk event will also be scheduled.




Tadanori Shibamiya Exhibition

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Tadanori Shibamiya Exhibition
at Sakura City Museum of Art
Media: Painting - Talks
(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.




Tadashi Kawamata “Starting Over, Under Construction”

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Tadashi Kawamata “Starting Over, Under Construction”
at Art Front Gallery
Media: Drawing - Sculpture - Installation - Party
(2017-08-18 - 2017-09-24)

The exhibition started as “revenge” for Kawamata’s lost “Daikanyama Installation” show. Adding his experience from the “Under Construction” exhibition in 1984, he has chosen the same building he worked in than year in an attempt to update and search for a way in which art, the city and the specificity of the site can be combined today.




Takuma Sano “WYSASSS”

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Takuma Sano “WYSASSS”
at Circle / Gallery & Books
Media: Architecture - Sculpture
(2017-09-08 - 2017-09-24)

An exhibition of contemporary architectural models, including Le Corbusier’s “Villa Savoye.”




The Past and Present according to Books and Home Electronics

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The Past and Present according to Books and Home Electronics
at Daikanyama T-Site, Tsutaya Books
Media: Product - Crafts
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-24)

Panasonic, one of Japan’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics, was founded in 1918 by Konosuke Matsushita. This exhibition celebrating the company’s centenary in 2018 will explore music, fashion, and lifestyle since the 1950s through books, DVDs, and records. The exhibition will be installed in eight locations spread throughout the store. See valuable vintage appliances that were once considered cutting edge, as well and as some of the latest appliances to be released.




This Week at Gallery Le Deco

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This Week at Gallery Le Deco
at Gallery Le Deco
Media: Photography
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-24)

Le Deco 3 30th Kazuma Gaeri Photo Exhibition with All Girl .7 “Mind Games for Accomplices” Le Deco 6 Rissho University Contemporary Photography Research Department Extracurricular Exhibition “2017 Summer”




Tokyo ○△□

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Tokyo ○△□
at Gallery Conceal
Media: Painting - Party
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-24)

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




Toshiro Hayashi + Etsuko Hayashi Exhibition

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Toshiro Hayashi + Etsuko Hayashi Exhibition
at Plaza Gallery
Media: Drawing - Ceramics
(2017-09-02 - 2017-09-24)




Touch

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Touch
at Smart Ship Gallery
Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Crafts
(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




Wonders vol.3 In & Out

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Wonders vol.3 In & Out
at Spiral
Media: Painting - Drawing - Nihonga
(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
Media: Illustration - Painting
(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
Media: Painting - Party
(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.




“Hitoshi’s Eye Exhibition” Closing Event

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“Hitoshi’s Eye Exhibition” Closing Event
at Tobin Ohashi Gallery
Media: Workshops - Talks
(2017-09-24)

Hitoshi Ohashi, the co-director of this gallery, will introduce some of his favorite works and new pieces by a selection of the gallery’s artists, including Mario Tauchi, Masumi Yoshida, Rupert Jasen Smith, Dodit Artawan, Vu Tran Trong, Giang Nguyen, and Zhu Wei. There will also be new works by Jonas Wood and Takashi Murakami, as well as pieces from artists of Southern Africa. Ohashi will give a short talk about the works starting at 16:00. Why not enjoy a glass of wine while looking at the works on display? *Talk in Japanese. *No booking required (though it is required for attendance on other days).




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
Media: Illustration - Painting - Nihonga
(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
Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Performance Art
(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
Media: Painting
(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
Media: Painting
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-25)

Oil paintings by Makoto Oneta.




Takashi Iwahashi “Flowers of the Northern Alps”

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Takashi Iwahashi “Flowers of the Northern Alps”
at Ricoh Imaging Square Shinjuku
Media: Photography - Talks
(2017-09-13 - 2017-09-25)

Takashi Iwahashi’s photographs of flowers in Japan’s Northern Alps demonstrate how this area and its flora and fauna are changing amid the rapid global warming of the past 20 years.




Takeshi Tanaka “Nan-Puk”

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Takeshi Tanaka “Nan-Puk”
at Nihonbashi Takashimaya 6F / X Art Gallery
Media: Painting - Nihonga
(2017-09-06 - 2017-09-25)

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




Tobias Klein “Augmented Mask”

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Tobias Klein “Augmented Mask”
at The Container
Media: Sculpture - Installation - Performance Art
(2017-07-10 - 2017-09-25)

Augmented Mask sees two life-size elaborate models of Chinese opera masks, striking in their detailed design and in their whiteness, while keeping intact the rich symbolism and allusion that associated with traditional opera masks. One Mask is 3D printed, and exists as an object inside The Container; the other, exists solely in a virtual reality. Contrasting with the paleness of the mask are mapped projections, triggered and activated by the viewers, to add layering and substance. The engagement happens on multiple levels. In the virtual reality—accessed through a headset—the visitor becomes an actor in the scene and a spectator at the same time. The body movements of the visitor are scanned and added to the performance between the two characters, actively making the visitor acting one of the characters.Similar to the opera, the virtual encounters are choreographed through a sequence of stages, reenacting the cycle of one day, from dawn to dusk. The landscape indicates the setting of the conversation while the masks are interactive. Upon interaction with the installation, the viewer gradually asserts that each movement is rippling through the conversation between the masks, making own movement a role in the act of the suicide storyline. Alas, the conversation between the male and female characters of the opera is facilitated through augmentations that are controlled by the audience. The simulacra are interactively projected onto the mask into a continuous correspondence, projected through the VR mask. The encounter captures the point of view of the second mask, looking at the player or actor. This shift in perspective between the visitor/actor and the audience poses a choreographic argument between participation and observation – relating back to the cybernetic feedback cycles of Gordon Pask’s work.




Trax Selection 2017 Vol. 2

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Trax Selection 2017 Vol. 2
at Gallery Trax
Media: Painting - Sculpture - Ceramics - Party
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-25)

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




Yu Uchida + Takami Miyaoka “Get Lucky”

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Yu Uchida + Takami Miyaoka “Get Lucky”
at Takashimaya Shinjuku Art Gallery
Media: Sculpture - Crafts
(2017-09-13 - 2017-09-25)

Yu Uchida became popular with “Cool It,” a cartoonish pop sculpture series featuring a polar bear mascot with messages for our consumerist society. Takami Miyaoka, meanwhile, has attracted attention with the “Rock Kannon” pottery series depicting the goddess Kannon using an iPhone and other electronic devises. See how these two artists use icons to humorously and ironically represent our modern times in lucky charm-themed works.




Yuriko Sasaoka “Command X”

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Yuriko Sasaoka “Command X”
at Shibuya Hikarie 8/ Art gallery
Media: Installation - Party
(2017-09-07 - 2017-09-25)

With her original approach to making “video based on painting,” Yuriko Sasaoka explores the interface between painting and video, by creating works that suggest “touches” similar to brushstrokes. Her technique combines filmed body parts such as faces and hands with low-tech videos of puppet shows that include stage assistants dressed in black and are reminiscent of SFX. Featuring visual noise typically absent from high-tech computer graphics, she invites the viewer to experience complex structures and stories in a unique world that is paradoxically nostalgic yet never-before-seen. This exhibition features a video installation that interprets and visualizes the Bible, which Sasaoka began reading after the death of her dog. The exhibition title “command X” refers both to The Ten Commandments and the shortcut keys used on an Apple Mac computer for cutting (command + X). Composed with an original language, “Hororu”, created to evoke the artist’s sense of being interconnected within a Japanese cultural context that often has less overt religious beliefs, a stage space where real and unreal emerge into each other as a new space unfolds.




Art.Mann “Verbündete – Allies”

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Art.Mann “Verbündete – Allies”
at Design Festa Gallery
Media: Sculpture - Party
(2017-09-07 - 2017-09-26)

The mysterious creatures of German artist Art.Mann are protectors for people. Their characters encourage us to master the challenges of life and to live its full potential. Influenced by mythology, Buddhism and pop culture, each character carries a strong life-affirming message, wrapped up in a furry kawaii look – wabi-sabi style. In his Japan debut show “Verbündete - 味方,” Art.Mann presents his latest miniature sculpture series. Concept of the show: the displayed characters are strong individuals and build a team of artist allies. They represent the core competence of all battles in life, forming a strong team and fighting together with and for each other. “Alone, we are just insignificant Egos, fragile like porcelain,” Art.Mann says. All exhibited works of the show are unique can be purchased directly from the gallery. Art.Mann’s work has been shown in the U.S., Germany, and Switzerland. Design Festa Gallery exclusively presents his unique artwork for his Japan debut show running from September 7 – September 26, 2017. The artist will be present at the show from September 7 to September 9.




Atsunobu Kohira “Carbon Variation N°1”

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Atsunobu Kohira “Carbon Variation N°1”
at Yumiko Chiba Associates | Viewing Room Shinjuku
Media: Drawing - Party - Talks
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-26)

Atsunobu Kohira has been on the path of cultivating his thoughts on and working with the material of coal for years. His initial encounter with it was in a landscape that he saw using a scanning microscope. Through the lens, the texture of the coal in super close-up presented a beautiful gray-scale world, offering a magnificent view resembling that of an unknown planet. Kohira named his journey that started then as ‘pilgrimage of coal;’ there were no fixed destinations or predetermined routes. Navigated by his interest and led by accidental encounters, Kohira’s ‘pilgrimage of coal’ continues to this day. This exhibition is a chapter, or rather a volume, in its journey. [Related Events] Talk Event: Atsunobu Kohira x Azusa Hashimoto (Senior Researcher at National Museum of Art, Osaka) Event Time: Sep. 2 (Sat) 17:00-18:30 Admission: Free (booking required) *Bookings can be made via the official website. *Event in Japanese.




Future of Creation: Japanese paper craftsman Rogier Uitenboogaart x architect Kengo Kuma

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Future of Creation: Japanese paper craftsman Rogier Uitenboogaart x architect Kengo Kuma
at LIXIL Gallery 1 & 2
Media: Installation - Workshops
(2017-07-06 - 2017-09-26)

Established in September 2014, “Future of Creation” is an exhibition series curated by four leading creators in the worlds of art and architecture: Toshio Shimizu (art director), Ryohei Miyata (goldsmith), Toyo Ito (architect), Kengo Kuma (architect). Taking place over three-month intervals, the exhibitions present progressive ideas from various disciplines. For the 12th edition, architect Kengo Kuma will collaborate with washi (Japanese paper) craftsman Rogier Uitenboogaart. Uitenboogaart works out of the small town of Yusuhara in Kochi Prefecture. Located 1483m above sea level and surrounded by the majestic mountains of Shikoku Karst, 91% of the land in the town is occupied by forest. Kuma’s relationship with Yusuhara dates back more than 30 years, starting with “Hotel above the clouds,” his first ever design for wooden-framed architecture. He went on to design further buildings for the town, the interiors of which utilized the washi produced by Uitenboogaart. In this exhibition you can see various types of tosa washi paper covering the entire gallery space, creating a cave-live atmosphere where you can experience the depths of this soft yet powerful handcrafted material. In addition, there will also be various items on display, such as objects produced by Uitenboogaart, tosa washi paper samples, paper making tools and plants. The method by which this paper is created is now registered by UNESCO as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. Explore the charm of this paper through the work of Uitenboogaart. [Related Events] Tosa washi paper workshop Event Date: July 19 (Wed) 14:00-16:00 Workshop Leader: Rogier Uitenboogaart Admission: ¥3500 (includes materials and teaching fee) Capacity: 12 (booking required) Venue: Lixil Ginza 1F *Please check the official website for further details




Granick Exhibition

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Granick Exhibition
at Isetan Shinjuku Store
Media: Painting
(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
Media: Illustration - Painting - Ceramics - Party
(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.




Mie Ito “Morbidezza - the pursuit of flexibility”

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Mie Ito “Morbidezza - the pursuit of flexibility”
at Niji Gallery
Media: Prints
(2017-09-21 - 2017-09-26)

Morbidezza is an Italian noun that refers to softness, or flexibility. Here Mie Ito will present studies for etchings of motifs such as jellyfish and ballet.




Mina Tabuchi “Forest”

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Mina Tabuchi “Forest”
at B Gallery
Media: Photography - Talks
(2017-09-08 - 2017-09-26)

Mina Tabuchi left her own family in the city and moved to the forests of Kita Karuizawa, where she photographs families living there and the forest itself. This exhibition presents a selection of her works.







Nobuto Fukutsu “Dissolving Patterns”

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Nobuto Fukutsu “Dissolving Patterns”
at AL
Media: Painting - Drawing - Talks
(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.




Taishi Hatayama “Astray in Time”

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Taishi Hatayama “Astray in Time”
at Sezon Art Gallery
Media: Painting - Party
(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
Media: Painting - Drawing - Product - Fashion - Talks
(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




41ONO of the Hell “Heading to New York”

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41ONO of the Hell “Heading to New York”
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery
Media: Illustration
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-27)

41ONO of the Hell is an art unit that produces work that addressing the dark side of history, showing the flip side to love. Venue: Space O *Please see the official website for details regarding related events.




Japanese Kogei Future Forward “Bridge Art and Craft”

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Japanese Kogei Future Forward “Bridge Art and Craft”
at Eye of Gyre
Media: Sculpture - Crafts
(2017-08-23 - 2017-09-27)

The artists presented in this exhibition are those that connect kogei (traditional crafts) with contemporary art, finding new potential and possibilities for it while making use of its characteristic materials and techniques. Masayasu Mitsuke reinterprets and reconfigures traditional techniques passed down through the generations, such as the Kutani Akae style of ceramic painting. Takuro Kuwata and Hiroshi Kitani, meanwhile, apply kogei-like themes within the context of contemporary art. Both artists use kogei and refer to its history while focusing on concepts, the power of expression, and criticism. Gyre 3F




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
Media: Painting - Photography - Installation - Party
(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




PinkQueendom

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PinkQueendom
at Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery
Media: Photography - Video and Film
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-27)

Group exhibition featuring works by artists Alma, Ankaramy, Ummmi, Sage Kobayashi, sac, Tabitha Nikolai, Takumi Fukuhara, Piroyo Masuda and Lilium Kobayashi. Venue: Space M, S.




Saki Nakajima “Everyday Fragments”

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Saki Nakajima “Everyday Fragments”
at OPA gallery/shop
Media: Illustration - Party
(2017-09-22 - 2017-09-27)

The quiet flow of time, the soft light of the sun, the sweetness of the atmosphere. This is what Saki Nakajima usually experiences in the objects and landscapes she comes into contact with. Drawing almost everyday, this exhibition is formed of the fragments that color Nakajima’s day to day life.




Shoco Hi’ilei “Mahalo, Hawaii - Road to the aroma of Pua melia”

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Shoco Hi’ilei “Mahalo, Hawaii - Road to the aroma of Pua melia”
at Gallery - T
Media: Photography - Party
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-27)

Photography exhibition by Shoco Hi’ilei presenting works shot in Hawaii during a trip to the island. See how the artist has captured the scent of Haiwaii, its sea and sky.




20th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works

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20th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works
at NTT ICC Inter Communication Center
Media: Manga - Installation - Video and Film - Animation - Media Arts - Sound - Art Festival - Talks
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-28)

The 20th Japan Media Arts Festival received 4,034 entries from 88 countries and regions in its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will present selected works featuring a wide range of styles, genres and forms of expression, as well as materials documenting the lifetime accomplishments of Special Achievement Award winners. The festival program will also include symposia, artists’ talks, workshops and other related events. Gathering diverse artists and creators from Japan and abroad, the thirteen days of the festival will offer a precious opportunity to experience works representing the most contemporary trends in Media Arts (in Japanese: Media Geijutsu).




20th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works

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20th Japan Media Arts Festival Exhibition of Award-winning Works
at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Media: Manga - Installation - Video and Film - Animation - Media Arts - Sound - Art Festival - Talks
(2017-09-16 - 2017-09-28)

The 20th Japan Media Arts Festival received 4,034 entries from 88 countries and regions in its four divisions: Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. The Exhibition of Award-winning Works will present selected works featuring a wide range of styles, genres and forms of expression, as well as materials documenting the lifetime accomplishments of Special Achievement Award winners. The festival program will also include symposia, artists’ talks, workshops and other related events. Gathering diverse artists and creators from Japan and abroad, the thirteen days of the festival will offer a precious opportunity to experience works representing the most contemporary trends in Media Arts (in Japanese: Media Geijutsu).




Andre Dubois “Montkyo Gardens”

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Andre Dubois “Montkyo Gardens”
at Youkobo Art Space
Media: Sculpture - Installation
(2017-09-23 - 2017-09-28)

Andre Dubois’s Montkyo Gardens project highlights the elements of nature at the heart of a creative process that rests on the recovery and transformation of social materials. Using everyday objects and materials, he makes, builds, and revisits our contemporary living spaces, which are both fascinating and open to interpretation. Bringing art to the discursive frontiers of sculpture, painting, collage and installation, his exploration sheds an innovative light on the hypotheses of a living and timeless beauty. Light is a recurring element in Dubois’s work, as is the interplay between empty spaces and full ones. Venue: Studio 2




Hiroyuki Yoshida “Idea - eye of the heart”

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Hiroyuki Yoshida “Idea - eye of the heart”
at Sony Imaging Gallery Ginza
Media: Photography - Talks
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-28)

The concept of an “idea” was proposed by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato, based on his belief that non-physical ideas actually represent the most accurate version of reality, as opposed to that of the phenomenal world, i.e. the physical world we live in. Photographer Hiroyuki Yoshida first came across the notion of “ideal beauty (idea)” as seen from within, through the “eyes of the heart,” as a high school student. Since then, this is a theme that he has continued to explore. Influenced by pop artist Andy Warhol, street artist Keith Haring, and iconic painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yoshida produces works that cannot be termed simply as either photographs or paintings. Discover the colorful manifestations of his ideas in the unique worlds represented here.




Julie Marie Duro “Looking for My Japanese Family”

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Julie Marie Duro “Looking for My Japanese Family”
at Youkobo Art Space
Media: Photography - Video and Film
(2017-09-20 - 2017-09-28)

Julie Marie Duro was on a train in Japan when her mother explained how her grandfather, who died before she got the chance to really meet him, had had a son with a Japanese woman in the 1970s. Her mother doesn’t know her Japanese brother’s exact age or where he lives. She doesn’t even know his name. It is because of this that Duro began observing the faces of men in their forties who shared Japanese and European features, and started hearing an increasingly strong voice in her head saying, “This might be him!” Since the revelation, she has continued to wonder who her uncle is. What does he look like? What kind of life does he lead? Two years ago, while the cherry blossom started to bloom, she decided to look for him. The project, “Looking for my Japanese Family,” is actually composed of two chapters: “I am a cloud and Today” and “Autumn” - “Kyoaki” in Japanese. Venue: Studio 1




Vik Muniz Exhibition

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Vik Muniz Exhibition
at Galerie Nichido
Media: Photography - Sculpture - Party
(2017-09-14 - 2017-09-28)

Since the beginning in the 1990s, Vik Muniz has been presenting his work in the form of photographs, as reproductions of famous paintings and news photographs that tell us about history. He experiments with different materials - wires, sugar, diamonds, chocolate, and colored paper – in order to convey his message. Galerie Nichido will present his series “Repro,” which is comprised of scraps from catalogues, advertising and printed materials that have been disseminated by museums and are related to the works in question as well as images obtained from the Internet. Meanwhile, NCA | Nichido Contemporary Art will show his new “Handmade” series, composed of 13 works created through a combination of “real materials” (three-dimensional) and photographs of that very material (two-dimensional). Venues: NCA and Galerie Nichido (held at both exhibition spaces) Exhibition schedule: Galerie Nichido: Sep. 14 (Fri) - Sep. 28 (Thu) NCA: Sep. 14 (Fri) - Nov. 4 (Sat)




Dohei Fujinoki + Tomo Shimizu Exhibition

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Dohei Fujinoki + Tomo Shimizu Exhibition
at Kakiden Gallery
Media: Painting - Crafts - Ceramics
(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
Media: Painting
(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
Media: Painting
(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
Media: Painting
(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.




Mieko Matsumoto “I Know Where Here Is”

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Mieko Matsumoto “I Know Where Here Is”
at Guardian Garden
Media: Photography - Party - Talks
(2017-09-05 - 2017-09-29)

Ibaraki-based photographer Mieko Matsumoto’s work has been featured at Art Tower Mito and Ichihara x Art Mix. Since 2014 she has been researching and documenting the history, industry, and social phenomena of her local area. Here she presents a new slideshow of works taken directly after the 2011 earthquake up through the present. Her images tell a story woven from human memory and the passage of time that speaks to what changes and what doesn’t when events that alter place and circumstance in the face of limited human power occur. [Talk] What Can Photographs Tell Us? Speakers: Mieko Matsumoto and Rei Masuda Date: Sep. 14 (Thurs) 19:10–20:00. In Japanese. Please see the official website for reservations, details, and information on more related events.




Phenomenon: Plateless Printing Combined with Fine Paper

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Phenomenon: Plateless Printing Combined with Fine Paper
at Mihoncho Honten
Media: Product - Crafts - Party - Talks
(2017-08-04 - 2017-09-29)

Exploring the new possibilities of paper realized through combinations of fine paper and rapidly progressing plateless digital printing technology such as UV inkjets, digital hot plates, and laser cutters. What diverse and complex “phenomena” will these experiments produce?




5th Fei Print Award Prize Winner’s Exhibition: Atsushi Nemoto “Places with Light”

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5th Fei Print Award Prize Winner’s Exhibition: Atsushi Nemoto “Places with Light”
at Hideharu Fukasaku Gallery Roppongi
Media: Prints
(2017-09-20 - 2017-09-30)

Exhibition presenting the simple yet somewhat melancholic print works of Atsushi Nemoto, an artist who graduated from Printmaking at the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School and was awarded the top prize at the 5th Fei Print Award sponsored by Fei Art Museum Yokohama and related galleries last year. This is an exhibition where you can get a sense of what the artist is thinking through his works. [Related Event] “Roppongi one shot art week” Event Dates: Sep. 26 (Tue) - 30 (Sat) This event held alongside Roppongi Art Night (Sep. 30 - Oct. 1) is a stamp rally in which various galleries are participating. Those who collect all of the stamps will receive a free drink at the gallery on Sep. 30.




Aki Moriyama “Dolls”

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Aki Moriyama “Dolls”
at Un Petit Garage
Media: Painting - Party
(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
Media: Painting - Party
(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.




Atsushi Aizawa “No Man’s Land”
Atsushi Aizawa “No Man’s Land” at Kana Kawanishi Gallery Media: Painting - Sculpture (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. [...]



Cosmic Wonder

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Cosmic Wonder
at Lamp harajuku
Media: Installation - Product - Fashion
(2017-09-15 - 2017-09-30)

New pieces from the 2017 autumn line.




Eiki Mori “Family Regained”

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Eiki Mori “Family Regained”
at Ken Nakahashi
Media: Photography - Party
(2017-09-08 - 2017-09-30)

This exhibition, “Family Regained,” will be comprised of a selection of Eiki Mori’s latest works from a photo book of the same title to be published from Nanarokusha in fall 2017. The title is borrowed from the epic “Paradise Regained” (1671) by English poet John Milton. With family as a theme, Mori shoots himself with friends, lovers, and families at their places using the self-timer function. Filtered through the fundamental color of blood, a red scenery arises apart from its surrounding society, as if a theatrical act. The concentration of this theme implies retrieving and connecting with those who live together, a microcosmos of the social community in diversified forms and sexualities. It is an observation of the family, a sociological performance that sublimates the visual art medium, and an aesthetical or political aim to spread a visualized and acknowledgeable image. Mori’s photography and contemporary families synchronize to form an insight into today’s idea of a family. “Reincarnate, reencounter, re-love and live together. I explore the aspiration dreamed by many lovers, envisioning happiness and love. I go and meet the family in the future on the behalf of them,” Mori says. Emphasized in theatrical living spaces with his friends, this new series by Mori catapults viewers to solidarity, cohesion, and the spirits of those connected.




Forms of time, the poiesis and the way - thinking from Koki Tanaka’s artworks and texts

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Forms of time, the poiesis and the way - thinking from Koki Tanaka’s artworks and texts
at Aoyama|Meguro
Media: Installation - Video and Film - Party
(2017-09-03 - 2017-09-30)

Koki Tanaka received a special mention award from the jury of the 55th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and was then awarded Artist of the Year by Deutsche Bank in 2015. He is regarded as a leading artist not only in Japan but also overseas, considered a key figure in contemporary art since Relational Aesthetics. In this exhibition, curator Sekai Kozuma begins by looking at Tanaka’s earliest works and lengthily texts, describing in detail his underlying ideas and approaches through these works. From here you will be taken on a journey that follows the path of his creation and thinking, extending the possibilities of his work by looking back to his origins.




Gen Yamanaka Exhibition

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Gen Yamanaka Exhibition
at Shirota Gallery
Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture
(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
Media: Painting
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30)

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




Hiroshi Okamoto “We do not need you, here. / If I could only fly.”

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Hiroshi Okamoto “We do not need you, here. / If I could only fly.”
at Emon Photo Gallery
Media: Photography - Talks
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-30)

The Emon Award is a public competition focusing on artists bringing new waves of creativity to photography and film. The sixth Emon Award presents exhibitions by two artists. Hiroshi Okamoto documents a friend who has been infamous in Japanese society since an incident in 2004. His work explores intolerance towards others in contemporary society, telling stories through photography and archives. [Opening Event] Talk Session Hiroshi Okamoto × Noriaki Imai(NPO D×P) 9.19 Tues 18:00 ~ / Entrance fee: 1000yen Contact: info@hiroshi-okamoto.com




Interface - Or, What Japan’s Great Post-War Photographers Kept Looking For: An Inquiry into the Artistic Practice of Shomei Tomatsu
Interface - Or, What Japan’s Great Post-War Photographers Kept Looking For: An Inquiry into the Artistic Practice of Shomei Tomatsu at Fujifilm Square Media: Photography (2017-07-01 - 2017-09-30) At the begin of the 1960s, Shomei Tomatsu stunned Japan’s photographic scene with his black-and-white series’ such as “House,” “Occupation” and “Nagasaki.” After covering the U.S. military bases in Okinawa at the end of the 1960s — he published photographs of these bases as part of a collection titled “The Pencil of the Sun” in 1975 — Tomatsu then turned to color photography and, while making the coverage of Nagasaki his lifework, brought forth a diverse portfolio that continues to influence the world of photography in various ways today. When engaging with photographs by Shomei Tomatsu, one should remember that his heart surgery in 1986 marked a turning point also in his photographic practice. For, as Tomatsu stated after the surgery, this experience shifted his interest to questions surrounding the human will and power to survive. With this experience as a connecting node, the exhibition is divided into two parts. The first part will show Tomatsu’s series “Plastics,” which he shot a few years after his surgery, in 1988 and 1989. The second part will feature “Interface,” a series of photographs he took between 1968 and 1996. “Plastics” was shot at Kujukuri Beach in Chiba, where Tomatsu lived after his surgery. It depicts plastic objects washed ashore and in doing so explores the possibilities of aesteticizing the inorganic, the ‘dead’ within nature. “Interface” begins with the 1966 photograph “Intertidal Zone” and consists of works focusing on — as the title of the[...]



Keiichi Ito “Inside the tea bowl”

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Keiichi Ito “Inside the tea bowl”
at Gallery Tosei
Media: Photography - Party
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30)




Kenji Kobayashi Exhibition

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Kenji Kobayashi Exhibition
at Gallery Tsubaki / GT2
Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
(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
Media: Painting - Prints
(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.




Kikuna Mishima “Hope”

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Kikuna Mishima “Hope”
at Art Aiga
Media: Photography
(2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30)

Ruin Girl will change your Tomorrow World.




Kouseki Ono Exhibition

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Kouseki Ono Exhibition
at Yoseido Gallery
Media: Prints
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-30)

Selection of new two-dimensional artworks by Kouseki Ono, who silkscreen prints more than 100 layers of ink in order to create works that reverse the concept of printmaking.




Lucas Dillon + Russell Maurice “Slow Vibrating Atom”

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Lucas Dillon + Russell Maurice “Slow Vibrating Atom”
at Calm & Punk Gallery
Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Party
(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.




Maiko Haruki “vision | noisiv”

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Maiko Haruki “vision | noisiv”
at Taro Nasu
Media: Photography - Party
(2017-09-02 - 2017-09-30)

20 works from Maiko Haruki’s latest series “vision | noisiv” will be on exhibit. In her previous series “A certain composition of eyes” (2014), Haruki interrogates lines of sight directed at subjects by reconstructing them on two-dimensional planes in a manner that reconsiders the act of “looking.” Building on this previous body of work, for the current series Haruki layers one landscape over another on photographic paper so as to create a space that does not exist in reality. Coined by Haruki, the term “noisiv” is an inversion of the word “vision,” which refers to both the state of being able to see, as well as something that is seen. In the work appearing here, she has selected two locations as the subject: Ireland’s townscapes and natural scenery; exhibition views inside Tokyo’s Space Museum TeNQ. Although the two places are divided in her works, they somehow manage to overlap. A new photo book titled “_etc.” (Akaaka Art Publishing Inc.) will be released in conjunction with this exhibition. Explore Haruki’s reflections on seeing, and how she negotiates the various implications of vision.




Mikito Ozeki “Static & Dynamic”
Mikito Ozeki “Static & Dynamic” at Clear Edition & Gallery Media: Graphics - Sculpture - Crafts - Party (2017-09-01 - 2017-09-30) Third solo exhibition by Mikito Ozeki, an artist currently working out of his home city of Nagoya, Japan. Recently, Ozeki has started to move towards the idea of freeing himself from the traditional concept of paper cutting, expanding his expressions to encompass more of a sense of three dimensionality. In his past series, Ozeki depicted a robot-like figure created using a gathering of shapes that resemble industrial pipes and materials. He started out making works like this by cutting a single piece of paper to produce an artificial life form. Soon, however, his style evolved to become more abstract and included the usage of layered colored paper so as to capture and frame particular mental states. His most recent work, which was installed in the Facebook office in Tokyo, is comprised of a complex combination of layers of colorful organic parts that resemble organs. Although one aspect that Ozeki seeks through his practice is the physicality of paper cutting, it is also clear that he is mesmerized by lifeforms themselves. In his most recent series, he attempts to depict modules of life and combine them together. Discover his fresh approach to the traditional techniques and potential of paper cutting. [...]



Mud, Tokyo and Swimming

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Mud, Tokyo and Swimming
at Shinjuku Park Tower
Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Party
(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
Media: Painting - Product - Fashion - Crafts
(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




Picasso Prints Exhibition

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Picasso Prints Exhibition
at Wada Garou
Media: Prints - Sculpture
(2017-09-09 - 2017-09-30)

This exhibition will present works from throughout Pablo Picasso’s career, including pieces from the “The Suite des Saltimbanques” series - considered one of his earliest masterpieces and produced from around the start of what was known as his Blue Period in 1904, through to his Rose Period - as well as works from “Non Vouloir,” published in 1942, works from “347,” an extensive series produced in his later years, and works from the “156” series, completed in 1970. Enjoy a variety of prints by this 20th century master, such as etchings, linocuts, drypoints, and aquatints, in addition to ceramics and terracotta pieces.




Ryuji Miyamoto “Lo Manthang 1996”

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Ryuji Miyamoto “Lo Manthang 1996”
at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography/Film
Media: Photography - Party - Talks
(2017-08-26 - 2017-09-30)

Interested in architecture’s material features beyond their raison d’être or purpose, Ryuji Miyamoto has been photographing, from a unique perspective, the city as it is transformed, ruined, and revived. This solo exhibition, his first with the gallery, will feature approximately 22 never-before-shown photographs of the Nepalese walled city Lo Manthang. [Related Event] Talk event: “Mikiro Sasaki x Ryuji Miyamoto” Event Date: Aug 26 (Sat) 16:30-18:00 (Doors open: 16:00) Guest: Mikiro Sasaki (Poet) Venue: IMA Concept Store (5-17-1 3F, Roppongi, Minato-ku, 106-0032 Tokyo) Admission: ¥1000 (with one drink) Capacity: 50 (booking required) *Event in Japanese. *Please see the website for further details.




Shelves 2: Orie Small Objects

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Shelves 2: Orie Small Objects
at Orie Art Gallery
Media: Product - Crafts
(2017-09-19 - 2017-09-30)

The box shelves in the gallery will be packed full with objects produced from various materials, such as wood, metal, glass, and ceramics, by 41 different artists.