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Naohiro Ukawa + Dommune University of the Arts “The 100 Japanese Contemporary Artists / Season 4”

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Naohiro Ukawa + Dommune University of the Arts “The 100 Japanese Contemporary Artists / Season 4”
at Yamamoto Gendai (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-06-18)

Dommune, organized and directed by Naohiro Ukawa, is an online streaming platform for broadcasting talk shows and live performances from the leading edge of culture to the world. Since its inauguration in March 2010, its viewers have grown over 10,000 per program and the total number of viewers has reached 45 million. Naohiro UKAWA is an omnidirectional artist known for his extremely wide range of creative activities as a video artist, graphic designer, VJ, writer, college professor, and “Genzai (just now)” artist among many others. Dommune’s latest and ongoing project, The 100 Japanese Contemporary Artists features 100 leading artists whose distinctions are at the forefront and towards the next generation of Japanese contemporary art, and broadcasts live talk programs that thoroughly cover these artists’ personal histories and artistic perspectives. After live-streaming, the show is archived and brought into the gallery’s white cube, and made viewable exclusively as a part of the exhibition, along with the artists’ original artworks. THE 100 Japanese Contemporary Artists was first presented at 3331 Arts Chiyoda in 2014. This project continues to explore the intricately entangled issues of live and recorded experiences, and of aura and catharsis. [Related Event] DOMMUNE broadcasting talk shows schedules 05/10 (Tue) 18:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#028 Shiro TAKATANI” Shiro TAKATANI x Mayu Tsuruta (Actress) 05/23 (Mon) 19:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#029/Susumu KOSHIMIZU” Susumu KOSHIMIZU x Hozu YAMAMOTO (Director of Tokyo Gallery + BTAP) 05/26 (Thu) 19:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#030/Yoshitomo NARA” Yoshitomo NARA x Michihiko YANAI (Creative director, Associate professor of Tokyo University of the Arts Department of Design) 06/03 (Fri) 19:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#031/Akira YAMAGUCHI” Akira YAMAGUCHI x Naohiro UKAWA 06/13 (Mon) 19:00- “THE 100 JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS#032/Taro OKAMOTO” Yoshitaro INAMI (Curator of Setagaya Literary Museum) x Hajime NARIAI (Curator of Tokyo Station Gallery) Talk shows and more detail information can be seen at www.dommune.com Videos of broadcasts during exhibition viewable at venue from the day after recording.




Shinichiro Kano “Measurement”

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Shinichiro Kano “Measurement”
at Satoko Oe Contemporary (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2016-05-10 - 2016-06-18)




Tsuyoshi Ozawa “Everyone Likes Someone, As You Like Someone”

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Tsuyoshi Ozawa “Everyone Likes Someone, As You Like Someone”
at Misa Shin Gallery (Shirokane, Hiroo area)
(2016-04-15 - 2016-06-18)

Tsuyoshi Ozawa’s creation Everyone likes someone, as you like someone is an enormous heap of over a hundred futons. Children encountering the installation are allowed to freely scramble up, slide down, and roll around on the heap of bedding, which generally goes by the name ‘The Futon Mountain.’ At the top of this mountain is a letterbox, where each child is encouraged to post a postcard with a picture he or she has drawn of a loved one, knowing that their card will eventually be delivered to someone he or she has never met. This exhibition is made up of around thirty reproductions made by Ozawa of portraits drawn by children in Minamisoma, Fukushima, of people they love. The children’s pictures have been reproduced by Ozawa in simple lines on canvases each using a different background color, graded in tone. Each of these canvases has a white line running through its top section, coinciding exactly with the eyes of the figures in the paintings. When these are displayed side by side in a row, the lines connect up, forming a single beam of bright light running through the canvases. The eyes of the people loved by the children of Minamisoma seem both to be gazing out into the distance, and also casting their light upon us.




Yasuyo Maruyama “Form”

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Yasuyo Maruyama “Form”
at Gallery MoMo Projects (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-05-21 - 2016-06-18)

Yasuyo Maruyama captures moments on camera revealing the beautiful and interesting gestures, actions, and appearances of friends and others close to her. She then seamlessly remakes these images into simplistic drawings, reproducing the unique traits and depth of expression of her subjects on canvas. After spending a year in the southern part of the United States, the strong sunlight there has changed her impressions of her subjects themselves. She has begun depicting people in more abstract ways, drawing out the fundamental components of their beauty. Notably, the pupils of her subjects’ eyes now reflect a variety of colors they did not previously. These are not realistic images, they obscure lines of vision and present abstract forms.




30th Anniversary Exhibition “Exquisite Views of East and West”

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30th Anniversary Exhibition “Exquisite Views of East and West”
at Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art (Greater Tokyo area)
(2016-04-12 - 2016-06-19)

For its 30th anniversary, the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art presents works of Eastern and Western art portraying sublime and beautiful landscapes by a range of traditional and contemporary artists featured in its unique collection.




Chiaki Murakami Exhibition

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Chiaki Murakami Exhibition
at TAV Gallery (Musashino, Tama area)
(2016-06-10 - 2016-06-19)

Chiaki Murakami, an artist, housewife, and fashion designer, presents new illustrations and previous design work along with clothing from Ryota Murakami’s archives. You can even make a phone call to the artist.




Hiro Sugiyama “Everything is Connected”

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Hiro Sugiyama “Everything is Connected”
at Roppongi Hills A/D Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-05-20 - 2016-06-19)

Hiro Sugiyama unveils a selection of 21 new print works produced with his style of “neo-silk”, combining images of plants and anatomy diagrams in a collage of visual impact. Through this merge of images the body, plants and the globe all become linked together and their instability becomes clear.




Julie Stephen Chheng + Thomas Pons “Rear Window”

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Julie Stephen Chheng + Thomas Pons “Rear Window”
at Institut français du Japon - Tokyo (Ichigaya, Kagurazaka area)
(2016-05-26 - 2016-06-19)

Based on their research into combinations of real and virtual worlds, this exhibition based on the Villa Kujoyama projects of Julie Stephen Chheng and Thomas Pons uses paper to explore augmented reality technologies, confounding and delighting audiences. Holding up tablets to the artists’ creations, fantastical, dreamlike worlds appear, drawing in the viewer. These “windows” include virtual content as well as that inspired by time living in Japan.




Sergej Jensen “Classic”

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Sergej Jensen “Classic”
at Rat Hole Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-04-22 - 2016-06-19)

Sergej Jensen (Danish, b.1973, lives and works in New York) is known for his works constructed from a wide range of found textiles such as linens, silks, cashmeres, burlaps, wools and canvases. His practice involves sewing, bleaching, stretching and staining the materials with natural dyes, gouache and acrylic, to create minimalist compositions that oscillate between abstraction and representation. Roughly cut strips of fabric, as well as off-cuts from previous works, are applied as if in the form of brushstrokes and the gesture of painting. Paint, when used, is applied only subtly, sparingly, in subdued tones, and at times from behind the canvas. Also among the works on view is a painting from the artist’s “Money Bag” series in which he sews together cloth bank bags from federal and municipal banks in Europe and the USA into simple, grid-like compositions that take on the formal properties of geometric abstraction. In another work, Jensen has employed a figurative style, with representational imagery taken from classical painting suggestive of Renaissance, Romantic or proto-Modernist sources, and with textures resembling the layering of tempera or fresco painting. Similar to his sewn and dyed abstractions that seemingly adopt a tradition of “high painting” but negate its conventions, Jensen’s figurative work also appears to refer to the history of classic representational painting but combine motifs and sources in unconventional ways.




Takuto Adachi “Phantom”

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Takuto Adachi “Phantom”
at TAMBOURIN GALLERY (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-06-07 - 2016-06-19)

When asked what he thinks of as he paints Takuto Adachi has come to formulate that “something” as a “phantom”. The ghostly image held in his mind and the image which emerges upon his canvas always separate from each other and cannot be rejoined. Exhibition Period June 7(Tues)-12(Sun) Painting June 14(Tues)-18(Sun) Printmaking




Tokuro Sakamoto “Empty Vessel”

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Tokuro Sakamoto “Empty Vessel”
at Art Front Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2016-05-27 - 2016-06-19)

Sakamoto paints urban and rural landscapes, or rather, parts of them. He shows forms like layered trees, or clumps of bushes, with the beauty of their motions as they sway in the wind. Beach and waves sparkle with reflections of light fallen from above. Tiled walls of a building. Elegant repetitions of power cables dividing the sky. The pity of a flower growing up through a crack in concrete. Sakamoto focuses on all things evenly, framing them. His viewpoint is deliberately negligent, and the details of his pictures enter our sight so clearly that we lose our sense of spatial relationships. His work is vivid enough to appear as if made in digital high-vision. His drawn landscapes are not categorised only in terms of orderly time and space, but are a temporal space for the depicted objects to secretly breathe alone. We do not so much look at these works, as find ourselves, quite naturally, coming to ‘breathe inside the landscape’. That is what Sakamoto’s paintings make us feel.




Ed Tsuwaki “Quakeness: Rebirth”

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Ed Tsuwaki “Quakeness: Rebirth”
at Rocket (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-06-10 - 2016-06-22)

Internationally famed for his fashion illustration, Ed Tsuwaki presents here his abstract painting formed of acrylic paint and painting medium to form a rich materiality. In this unveiling of new work he features woodblock prints worked into with paint, in a technique of layering which produces a sense of the Earth and universe in a combination of abstraction and the power of nature.




Kentaro Yamazaki “What Architecture Can Do Now”

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Kentaro Yamazaki “What Architecture Can Do Now”
at Prismic Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-05-13 - 2016-06-24)

From a restaurant for a fishing culture in decline, to a clinic for Alzheimer’s patients, to children’s spaces and daycare centers for children and the elderly, the work of architects can be found in all kinds of important social settings. This exhibition showcases unique architecture through past, current, and future projects.




Motoyuki Daifu “A Quiet Day When Nothing Happens”

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Motoyuki Daifu “A Quiet Day When Nothing Happens”
at Guardian Garden (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-06-07 - 2016-06-24)

Motoyuki Daifu reconstructs 26 select photographs from his oeuvre as large scale inkjet prints. Everyday images of family and home, scenes of the dinner table, the surrounding residential streets and people that the artist encounters appear here as his main subject in an iconic and colorful form, which although seemingly taken by instinct, come to appear with meaning as each image gathers with another. [Related Event] Talk Event Osamu Kanemura x Motoyuki Daifu Date: June 11(Sat) 19:10-21:40 Reservation required




Futo Akiyoshi “Something Too Much”

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Futo Akiyoshi “Something Too Much”
at Taro Nasu (Bakurocho area)
(2016-05-20 - 2016-06-25)

This exhibition will showcase Futo Akiyoshi’s new series “something too much”. In this series, Akiyoshi focuses on the tools for painting, utilizing as many tools as possible in one painting, whilst executing the image only in a single color. Here the harmony of the image is composed not only by colors and shapes but also by various texture. This diversity, limitation and harmony constitute the rule of this series, and the rule itself becomes the aim of these works. His style is characterized by this play with rules, which are strictly established for each work and by following the rule, he suggests the basic components of painting.




Maiko Jinushi “A New Experience of Love”

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Maiko Jinushi “A New Experience of Love”
at Hagiwara Projects (Shinjuku area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-06-25)

Jinushi claims to be “creating a new style of literature,” and in recent years, she has been expanding the possibilities of video art by involving viewers in her video production process. The video artwork exhibited in this show was shot during her stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand, upon an outdoor stage arranged with white tiles. In the video, a Thai woman, one of her acquaintances, stands on the stage with bare feet and has a dialogue with the artist while being filmed, alone. While bearing in mind that both Japan and Thailand are the countries under politically complex situations, Jinushi daringly poses questions based on an abstract theme, “love.” Although the video can be understood as a documentary work recorded by several cameras while combining elements of performance art, such as the placement of flowers on the stage in the middle of the video, this moving image composed of words woven from the depths of individuality and poetic, fantastical sceneries provides viewers a mysterious elation as if reading through a story.




Shunsuke Kano + Keisuke Tada + Noriaki Hattori “Akzidenz”

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Shunsuke Kano + Keisuke Tada + Noriaki Hattori “Akzidenz”
at Aoyama|Meguro (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-06-25)

Aoyama Meguro presents “Akzidenz” by Sprout Curation, featuring the work of three artists born in the 1980s: Shunsuke Kano, Keisuke Tada, and Noriaki Hattori. The speculative realism of French philosopher Quentin Meillassoux refutes the correlationism of Kant’s ideas, arguing instead that the world is full of contingencies. It also distances itself from naïve realism, establishing a substantial mode of thought in line with the new materialism advocated by the U.S. philosopher Graham Harman. Taking its title from the German word for “contingencies,” this exhibit aims to touch upon perceptions of the world as a place full of them.




Tetsuya Kusu “American Monuments”

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Tetsuya Kusu “American Monuments”
at Zen Foto Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-06-08 - 2016-06-25)

In Kusu’s photographs of “American Monuments”, he has collected notable American portraits. Rather than showing us stereotypes of American culture, Kusu reveals to us various narratives of people encountered during his road trip at the end of​ 2014. Many of the photographs are staged portraits, but they are vividly captured as if they are movie stills. ​”From where have I come, and where am I going?”, Kusu questioned himself. Through the making of these portraits, Kusu documented his personal journey as well as the reality of American dreams.




Ly “Far From Home”

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Ly “Far From Home”
at Calm & Punk Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-06-10 - 2016-06-26)

Mural art by Ly.




Lyota Yagi “Meta Archaeology”

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Lyota Yagi “Meta Archaeology”
at SNAC / Mujin-to Production (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2016-05-21 - 2016-06-26)

Mujin-to Production is pleased to announce “Meta Archaeology,” a solo exhibition by Lyota Yagi, featuring new works focused on the archaeological method, such as excavation, restoration, conservation and measure. Yagi had been creating various installation works featuring sounds, words and recording medium, using old and new technologies from vinyl records to color analysis application. Why archaeology now? What brought the artist to the theme? Yagi says that at the present time it feels freer to think about the past than thinking about the future. While having had opportunities to actually see historical ruins and archaeological cultural artifacts and participated in the pre-discussions for World Archeological Congress and been exposed to the thoughts of scholars, Yagi says that he felt the universe closer by thinking of ancient civilizations, culture and life. We had expectations and admirations to the new era in the 20th century. After 16 years have passed, we started to see the reality of 21st century. While technology evolves, what we face is uncertain future. By returning to the origin of human being and inspecting the primitive actions and hidden potential strength from the ancient times now, we may see further ahead of the future. In this exhibition, Yagi will present new works which visualize the depth and weight of the time by employing the media art technique: a work using random-dot stereogram inspired by rock drawings in Val Camonica, Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage where Yagi visited as part of a field trip conducted by Mildura Palimpsest Biennale (Australia) in 2015, a work using ceramics and noise is based on an idea conceived from straw-rope patterned potteries from Jomon period as well as a work to hunt out the sounds buried in the sand. Through experiencing Yagi’s new works and the excavation site like exhibition, we hope that it would stimulate the senses not much used in the daily life and evokes imagination to the past and the future, and create the new thought for the future.




Martijn Kluit ”That’s… That’s…!”

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Martijn Kluit ”That’s… That’s…!”
at Wish Less (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2016-06-04 - 2016-06-26)

Martijn Kluit is originally from Holland and is currently based in Tokyo. It’s been two years since Martijn’s last solo show at Wish Less, leaving many in high anticipation of his new work. His latest pieces describe the way modern people view reality through computer screens and warns of the danger of losing ourselves into smartphones and devices around us. If you feel disturbed looking at his art pieces, please step back and look again. You might find yourself reflected in them.




Mitsumasa Kadota “Slide”

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Mitsumasa Kadota “Slide”
at Earth+ Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2016-06-04 - 2016-06-26)

Mitsumasa Kadota’s use of color and brush strokes explore the possibilities of painterly expression. Twenty new works inspired by “flickering sensations” are on display.




Shuichi Maiyama “Zoo”

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Shuichi Maiyama “Zoo”
at Tokyo Arts Gallery (Shibuya area)
(2016-06-03 - 2016-06-26)

With a 4x5 large-format camera, Shuichi Maiyama takes detached-seeming photographs of zoo animals from a neutral, objective perspective. His viewpoint is one of neither zoo keeper, visitor, friend, or foe. [Related Event] Talk by Atsushi Umezawa Date: June 4 (Sat) 14:00–15:00 Please see the official website for details and information on more related events.




akatin “Toku x Toku x Toku”

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akatin “Toku x Toku x Toku”
at Nanatasu Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-06-11 - 2016-06-26)

Taking the unique approaches of needle felting and toso doll-making to give her works form and Nihonga painting materials to give them color, Akatin creates sculptures that leave deep impressions on viewers. “From alarm bells to slow rhythms, powerful rhythms, and fading rhythms, the sounds of life from all kinds of circumstances overlap to form our days. My works reflect these beats that play out in the world.”




Shinro Ohtake “Time Memory”

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Shinro Ohtake “Time Memory”
at Take Ninagawa (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-05-14 - 2016-06-30)

Shinro Ohtake presents his latest work on the “Time Memory” series, which he has been developing since 2011, accompanied by the release of two new catalogues. [Related Event] Shinro Ohtake “SO x TN” Talk Date: May 15(Sun) 18:30-20:00 Venue: NADiff A/P/A/R/T  Admission: 1000 yen




Collaboration Project with Rise Gallery

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Collaboration Project with Rise Gallery
at Rise Gallery (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2016-06-11 - 2016-07-02)

Rise Gallery and Masataka Contemporary engage in an exchange of their artists and showcasing their works in each other’s gallery. Asuka Ito, Miho Negishi, Yuko Miyama, Kana Minami, Manami Higashi and Saeko Shimojo (from Masataka Contemporary) exhibit at Rise Gallery, while Takumi Ueda, Reiko Matsumoto, Mariko Mukumoto, Shonosuke Iida, Hikaru Narita and Haruka Yamamoto present at Masataka Contemporary. What possibilities will come to light through this interplay of galleries and artists? [Related Event] Opening Reception Date: June 11(Sat) 17:00-19:00 Venue: Masataka Contemporary




Collaboration Project with Rise Gallery

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Collaboration Project with Rise Gallery
at Masataka Contemporary (Kyobashi, Nihonbashi area)
(2016-06-11 - 2016-07-02)

Rise Gallery and Masataka Contemporary engage in an exchange of their artists and showcasing their works in each other’s gallery. Asuka Ito, Miho Negishi, Yuko Miyama, Kana Minami, Manami Higashi and Saeko Shimojo (from Masataka Contemporary) exhibit at Rise Gallery, while Takumi Ueda, Reiko Matsumoto, Mariko Mukumoto, Shonosuke Iida, Hikaru Narita and Haruka Yamamoto present at Masataka Contemporary. What possibilities will come to light through this interplay of galleries and artists? [Related Event] Closing Reception Date: July 2(Sat) 17:00-19:00 Venue: Masataka Contemporary




Hajime Sawatari “Rain”

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Hajime Sawatari “Rain”
at Yuka Tsuruno Gallery (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)
(2016-06-04 - 2016-07-02)

Rain by Hajime Sawatari is composed of personal works in which the photographer, informed by the significant amount of time captured by his camera over the years, unconsciously depicts scenes of rain. In Rain, Hajime Sawatari, who has for years faced women through his lens, mainly in the form of fashion and nude photography, seeks inside himself a feeling of nostalgia and hope, reminiscent of Japanese popular songs of the Showa period. In doing so, he takes inspiration from the sight of a rainy street he happened upon, which was engraved in his unconscious as an intricate play of colors, as well as the beauty and glossiness of the reflection of light that only digital photography can capture.




Trans/Real - The Possibilities of Immaterial Art vol.2 Tatsuo Gocho

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Trans/Real - The Possibilities of Immaterial Art vol.2 Tatsuo Gocho
at Gallery αM (Bakurocho area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-07-02)

Tatsuo Gocho attempts to reveal our processes of perception and judgement through his “Transparent/Space” and the air pocket/hole which lies between on layer and another, as the space where the object is placed, the space of the work and the space of art experience are piled one upon the other. [Related Event] Artist Talk Date: June 4 18:00-19:00




Yusuke Yamatani + Tomona Matsukawa “At Home”

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Yusuke Yamatani + Tomona Matsukawa “At Home”
at Yuka Tsuruno Gallery (Odaiba, Kachidoki area)
(2016-06-04 - 2016-07-02)

Showcasing new artworks by Yusuke Yamatani and Tomona Matsukawa, this exhibition focuses on traces of people’s activities that appear in spaces of private everyday life, as symbolized by the “home”. Both Yamatani and Matsukawa are interested not in the traces of absence, but rather in the traces of people who continue to live alongside them. Their practice could be understood as an attempt to get closer to the existence of others and the invisible aspects of everyday life.




Leaves Fumio Tachibana

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Leaves Fumio Tachibana
at Sagacho Archives (Chiyoda area)
(2016-05-20 - 2016-07-03)

Fumio Tachibana is known for his prints, collages, and installations of scrap paper. It has been 20 years since his debut with “Made in U.S.A.” Works from this and other collections, as well as an artist book, are on display.




Tetsunori Tawaraya “Artificial Planet”

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Tetsunori Tawaraya “Artificial Planet”
at Mograg Gallery (Ueno, Yanaka area)
(2016-06-11 - 2016-07-03)

A world of artificial monsters formed by the strange electrical rays of planet hopping satellites. Venue: mograg gallery & Aquvii AAT Shop




Wisut Ponnimit “Hot Spot”

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Wisut Ponnimit “Hot Spot”
at Kido Press, Inc. (Chiyoda area)
(2016-05-27 - 2016-07-03)

Known by his pet-name of “Tam-kun”, Wisut Ponnimit works widely across manga, anime and music, presenting here a colorful assortment of prints, small drawings and sketches coming together to form a playful installation. [Related Event] Wisut Ponnimit Live Drawing Date: May 27(Fri) 14:00-17:00 Venue: 3331 Arts Chiyoda 1F Community Space




Toshiya Motai “Printworks Portfolio”

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Toshiya Motai “Printworks Portfolio”
at Gallery Taga 2 (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2016-06-09 - 2016-07-04)

“The Place of Appearance” is, for the artist, a place where a picture appears, where there is a slight overlay of the real world (Real) and another world (Idea). Toshiya Motai has previously attempted to direct interest toward pictures that exist in such a place through installation. The monotype print consists of one transcribed image achieved from pressing paper to an aluminum plate. Howeverm this manner of applying pressure to bring forth an image is, for the artist, reminiscent of the “Shroud of Turin,” the burial cloth believed to bear the printed form of the crucified Jesus Christ. Motai says that the shroud has made him think about the place of pictures and where they appear.




Jiro Takamatsu: Visiting an Artist’s Studio

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Jiro Takamatsu: Visiting an Artist’s Studio
at Yumiko Chiba Associates | Viewing Room Shinjuku (Shinjuku area)
(2016-06-16 - 2016-07-09)

In May 1974 Jiro Takamatsu appeared on the TV program “Visiting an Artist’s Studio”, introducing a number of his works and his own perspective on art. A number of years ago the tape of this broadcast was rediscovered and it was broadcast on CS in conjunction with the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo’s “Jiro Takamatsu Mysteries” exhibition and the National Museum of Art, Osaka’s “Jiro Takamatsu - Trajectory of Work”. The exhibition here screens the important document of this broadcast, alongside the exhibition of documentary photographs recording the interior of Takamatsu’s studio, including photos taken by Tadasu Yamamoto and Ryudai Takano. [Related Event] Talk Session Date: June 25(Sat) 17:00-18:30 Venue: Yumiko Chiba Associates viewing room shinjuku Speakers: Hiroyuki Nakanishi x Shigeru Matsui




Natsuki Takayama “Cosmetic Kosmos”

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Natsuki Takayama “Cosmetic Kosmos”
at Koki Arts (Bakurocho area)
(2016-06-04 - 2016-07-09)

This exhibition will showcase 5 new works including sculptures.




Yoshio Ogawa Exhibition

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Yoshio Ogawa Exhibition
at Un Petit Garage (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-05-28 - 2016-07-09)

Building up numerous layers of paint on the canvas, Yoshio Ogawa finally coats a painting knife in a different color and swirls it through the thickness of the oils. The delicacy and force of this action swells up through the depths of color and imbues contemporary art with a tradition of Japanese painting.




Akiko Isobe “Dummy”

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Akiko Isobe “Dummy”
at G/P Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2016-06-05 - 2016-07-10)

It is no exaggeration to say Akiko Isobe, who drastically retouches her subjects, positions herself as far away as possible from today’s fashion photography favoring natural beauty. Skillfully using models, Isobe captures curiously perverse scenes that can be read as both bizarre and brutal. In addition to previous photography, this show presents Isobe’s sculptures and other works taking a new approach.




Meguru Yamaguchi “Sell My Soul”

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Meguru Yamaguchi “Sell My Soul”
at Sezon Art Gallery (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-06-04 - 2016-07-10)

Based in Meguru Yamaguchi pursues a wide range of creative fields from art to fashion. Here he unveils a selection of new work which forms sculpture from the trails of brushstrokes. Venue: 1F Gallery




“Hello Work “

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“Hello Work “
at Open Muji Tokyo (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-06-03 - 2016-07-10)

Whilst the rapid economic development of Japan has come to an end, it appears our working environment and our awareness towards our occupations has not followed this change. Whilst we must work for our own development and independence, it is not just for money but also for constructing a society and future which we can continue to live in. “Working” and “Living”, how closely are these intertwined? Whilst there are numerous jobs in the world, but this exhibition presents the work of making things, which adults and children alike can enjoy together. [Related Event] Talks and hands on workshops etc are planned throughout the exhibition period




Lexus Short Films: Short Film Theater

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Lexus Short Films: Short Film Theater
at Intersect by Lexus - Tokyo (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-06-02 - 2016-07-11)

Lexus Short Films spotlights the worldview of Lexus, as seen in beautiful works by up-and-coming directors. In its first public competition, four directors have been selected from more than 4,000 entries. Previous prize winners and Academy Award-winning films are also presented. Please see the official website for a screening schedule and details. Venue: Intersect By Lexus – Tokyo 1F Garage




Madsaki ”Wannabie’s Collection”

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Madsaki ”Wannabie’s Collection”
at Clear Edition & Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-06-10 - 2016-07-16)

Through his solo exhibition in 2015 “Wannabie’s”, the artist played a role of a “wannabe” artist who had the idea of making a name in the art world by copying already famous art works. This year the same wannabe artist created his own top-class art work collection. All the pieces included in this exhibition are copies / re-makes of key museum works, or are works that were in the center of art-gossip. Following the steps of his precursors who appropriated mass produced images into their art, Madsaki also has been ironically implying the image of the “art world” this past year. This exhibition also portrays the artist’s complex feeling towards collectors who are the top players in this industry, with respect, fear and envy. Here you will feel a sense of sorrow for Madsaki who re-paints the works of other painters he loves, works he will probably never be able to purchase. Through his rough copies which can not even be called a counterfeit, the artist questions the contradiction of originality, and shows a subtle resistance towards the dramatic situation of record prices making the headline news. Madsaki once again confronts us with the questions “Can this be called contemporary art? Or is it just simply a prank?”, “Is this beautiful?” or “Is this original?” juddering our stereotypical thoughts on art..




Mayumi Terada “Greenhouse Series vol. 3 : Photography and Sculpture”

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Mayumi Terada “Greenhouse Series vol. 3 : Photography and Sculpture”
at Gallery Out of Place Tokio (Chiyoda area)
(2016-06-10 - 2016-07-17)

The “Greenhouse Series” has the subheading, “The view from someone lying in bed × someone else’s view from the side.” For somebody lying on a bed on his or her side, doesn’t the same scene appear differently? Through a view in which the focus doesn’t fit, wouldn’t the scene appear soft and faint? These are the thoughts that led the artist to position black and white images together with color images.In addition to photographs, the “Greenhouse Series” features ten pieces of sculpture titled “Six Foot Platform.” The actual works are sized at 6×12×6 inches (15×30×15 cm), which also represents six feet as a metaphor of the human body.




Philippe Weisbecker “En Noir et Blanc et En Couleur”

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Philippe Weisbecker “En Noir et Blanc et En Couleur”
at Claska Gallery (Ebisu, Daikanyama area)
(2016-06-08 - 2016-07-18)

Following “Manufacturing” held in 2013, Phillipe Weisbecker presents his third exhibition at Claska, featuring a selection of his latest works. [Related Event] -Talk event by Phillipe Weisbecker and Kunihiro Moriguchi (Yuzen dyeing artist, designated as Living National Treasure)*Translation only in Japanese Date: June 8 (Wed) 17:00~ Fee: 1,000 JPY (tax included, postcard set for souvenir) -Autograph Session *Purchase of portfolios will be necessary. Date: June 19 (Sun) 11:00~




Animation Cabin Vol. 3 “Nonsense for Kids?!”

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Animation Cabin Vol. 3 “Nonsense for Kids?!”
at Au Praxinoscope (Setagaya, Kawasaki area)
(2016-05-13 - 2016-07-23)

Children find special meaning in “non-sense,” as seen in these animated works.




Nerhol “Multiple – Roadside Tree”

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Nerhol “Multiple – Roadside Tree”
at YKG Gallery (Roppongi, Nogizaka area)
(2016-06-11 - 2016-07-30)

Nerhol’s exhibition “Promenade” is currently being held from May 21st to August 28th at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, marking the duo’s very first museum presentation within Japan. “Promenade” comprises extremely large-scale works measuring 240cm high by 300cm wide that have been based on “multiple – roadside tree,” Nerhol’s latest series that appropriates a felled roadside tree as its motif. As suggested by the word ‘multiple’ (that which is mass produced), Nerhol sliced a single roadside tree into thin increments and documented the process one by one through over a hundred photographs. Fifty different patterns were selected from this accumulation of images, produced as A3 size works and published in a catalogue in correspondence to the exhibition. The exhibition at Yutaka Kikutake Gallery will present the 50 original works featured in the catalogue, replacing the exhibited works on an irregular basis so as to introduce the entire series.




Kyoichi Tsuzuki “Erotopia Japan”

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Kyoichi Tsuzuki “Erotopia Japan”
at Atsukobarouh Arts Drinks Talk (Shibuya area)
(2016-06-11 - 2016-07-31)

Foreign tourists visiting Japan often find themselves overwhelmed by the flood of sexual images in public space. Neon signs of adult-entertainment establishments protruding into the streets; young women in maid outfits handing out flyers at the roadside; there in the back behind the bamboo blind of the DVD shop, the adult corners of convenience stores or the hourly love hotels along the highways - sex wherever you look. Those philosophising about art, architecture or design, however, tend to turn their back on those images and the phantasies behind them. Though there surely is no one not knowing about the local hourly love hotel; not one Japanese who has not seen at least a short clip from an adult video; though the Japanese streets are full of strange things arousing interest. Those building and designing hourly love hotels, role-play brothels or so-called hihokan sex museums, do not think of their profession as art. What they aim at is creating ‘devices’, establishments, that fulfil their and their customers’ desires and phantasies. Yet, their creativity - fuelled by their desire for sex and money - can compete with those pieces ‘art’ exhibited in museums any day. Often despised and abjected, these cultures secretly survive, there in the shadows, from where they finally disappear. Can you hear their songs? Echoing from blind side of the Land of the Rising Sun?




Ken Nakazawa Exhibition

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Ken Nakazawa Exhibition
at Ando Gallery (Kiyosumi, Ryogoku area)
(2016-06-07 - 2016-08-06)

Born in 1970, Ken Nakazawa graduated from the masters course in painting at Tama Art University and has joined such high profile exhibitions as “MOT Annual 1999” and “Yokohama Triennial 2001”, known for his creations of metal and wire. Here he presents a new installation of 47 structures of wooden poles and metal plates which inhabit the space with a ghost-like presence.




Robert Coutelas Exhibition

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Robert Coutelas Exhibition
at Bernard Buffet Museum (Greater Tokyo area)
(2016-03-12 - 2016-09-06)

The French artist Robert Coutelas (1930–1985) created works from small scraps of paper with mythical imagery and poetic gouache paintings depicting part animal/part human creatures. Although humorous at first glance, a quiet sadness beats at the heart of the works of this artist who preferred a world of medieval artisanship, such as the stone masonry he learned in his youth, to flashy, fashionable art circles. Coutelas spent a long time cultivating his particular brand of folk art reflecting the people and animals of Paris and an old-fashioned French spirit. This exhibition spotlights these trends in Coutelas’ art, while also presenting early oil paintings from his time in Lyon, works on public display for the first time, and other pieces revealing his artistic practices. Let Coutelas pull you deeper into his creative universe.




Open Space 2016 Media Conscious

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Open Space 2016 Media Conscious
at NTT ICC Inter Communication Center (Shinjuku area)
(2016-05-28 - 2017-03-12)

“Open Space 2016: Media Conscious” is an exhibition introducing works of media art and other forms of artistic expression born out of today’s media environments, to a broad audience. Literally a beginner’s guide to media art, the exhibition features leading works from the realm of media art, artworks incorporating cutting-edge technologies, works with a critical standpoint, and in addition, projects that are currently in progress at various research institutions. All of them are being displayed along with explanatory notes designed to help the visitor gain a better understanding, according to our aim to present media art in a fun and easily accessible way. This 11th installment of “Open Space” is a “media conscious” themed exhibition focusing on the nature of media art as a vehicle for discovering new values through a conscious approach to media. Also on the schedule during the exhibition period are a number of related programs including talk sessions, lectures, symposia and workshops with artists and experts, as well as guided tours around the exhibits with explanations by the curatorial staff. Artist: Nelo Akamatsu, Toshio Iwai, Exonemo, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau, Taniguchi Akihiko, Tsuda Michiko, Gregory Barsamian, Fujii Naotaka + Grinder-Man + Evala, Fujimoto Yukio, Horio Kanta, Goh Uozumi, Watanabe Keita Laboratory(Meiji University), Kubo Gaëtan, Aoyagi Natsumi, Ichihara Etsuko




Motohiro Tomii "Special Exhibition = Permanent Collection Exhibition"

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Motohiro Tomii "Special Exhibition = Permanent Collection Exhibition"
at ARCUS Studio (Greater Tokyo area)

Artist Motohiro Tomii will create sculptural works using ready-made objects. The sculptures will then become permanent collections of ARCUS Project and exhibited inside Building B. Moriya Manabi-no-sato, where ARCUS Studio is located, has a music room, cooking room, and craft shop, and the facilities are used by neighborhood residents regularly. The exhibition does not have a closing date, and all works will be exhibited until they decay naturally. Opening Reception: March 22nd (Sat), 18:30- at ARCUS Studio Please contact venue to attend by phone or fax. (0297-46-2600)




Ayumu Fushiguro “2011-2016 Featuring Birds”

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Ayumu Fushiguro “2011-2016 Featuring Birds”
at Megumi Ogita Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-06-17 - 2016-07-02)

Ayumu Fushiguro presents 60 examples of her most recent work, with its refined originality,along with 10 new paintings born from this process. She also return to a 3m long oil painting produced in 2011, which marked a turning point in her challenge towards creativity.




Daisuke + Yuma Tomiyasu “Raw <<>>Aging”

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Daisuke + Yuma Tomiyasu “Raw <<>>Aging”
at Space Wunderkammer (Musashino, Tama area)
(2016-06-17 - 2016-07-03)

This is reworking of Daisuke and Yuma Tomiyasu’s Two Man Show “DARK ⇄ POP (Curse and Vanguard)” which was held at TAG STÅ Gallery in Fukuoka in December 2015. Daisuke uses cheep commodities sometimes sold at hundred-yen stores and composes them in into sculptures. Tomiyasu’s drawings are produced by erasing and repainting parts of printed images of old photos of unknown portraits that were collected from antique markets. In this exhibition, their works positively interrupt each otherand attempt to form a unified space interactively.




Holly Farrell “Doll and Book Paintings”

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Holly Farrell “Doll and Book Paintings”
at Megumi Ogita Gallery (Ginza, Marunouchi area)
(2016-06-17 - 2016-07-02)

Well known for her “Book” series, painter Holly Farrell here presents three new works around children’s books, cooking books and medical books. She also unveils a selection of 8 works depicting the popular dolls of 1960s America. Venue: Project Room




Kazumi Kurigami “Dedicated — Yasuyuki Shuto”

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Kazumi Kurigami “Dedicated — Yasuyuki Shuto”
at アートスペースAM (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-06-17 - 2016-07-22)

Always facing her subjects with a passion and human wamrth Kazumi Kurigami here turns her camera towards the ever disciplined body and mind of dancer Yasuyuki Shuto, capturing the depth and strength of his physical expressions which have been fostered since childhood. [Related Event] Artist Talk Date: July 22(Fri) 19:00-20:00 Speakers: Kazumi Kurigami, Yasuyuki Shuto




Ryo Matsuoka “Flow. Stand. Stop. Drift. Be.”

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Ryo Matsuoka “Flow. Stand. Stop. Drift. Be.”
at Block House (Omotesando, Aoyama area)
(2016-06-17 - 2016-07-03)

Ryo Matsuoka celebrates the freedom, beauty, play and fascination of humanity with his own unique approach to creative expression and collaboration.




Fumie Hiratai + Tamihito Yoshikawa + Etsuko Yamagami “Cycle - Wind, Water, Land”

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Fumie Hiratai + Tamihito Yoshikawa + Etsuko Yamagami “Cycle - Wind, Water, Land”
at Gallery Satoru (Musashino, Tama area)
(2016-06-18 - 2016-07-03)

[Related Event] Artist Talk Date: July 3(Sun) 14:00-