Archive for April 2010

Erika Verzutti "Chopping Board"

Sheep, 2010, pen and acrylic on board, 21x29cm This was the artist’s first solo exhibition at Misako & Rosen, who showed her last year along with another Brazilian artist—Tiago Carneiro da Cunha. Verzutti’s latest work is done in the spirit of inter-media experimentation. She explores familiar surfaces and unfamiliar pigments and, as she put it, […]

Gallery αM: "Complex Circuit" Vol. 1. by Yukihiro Taguchi

Contact Zone by Yukihiro Taguchi: installation view, main gallery Last Saturday Gallery aαM inaugurated the first in the series of six shows united under the name of “Complex Circuit.” The first artist is Yukihiro Taguchi, a Geidai graduate based in Berlin. Taguchi describes his work as performative installation. This exhibition consists of an installation of […]

John Warwicker "for john cage (la mer)—the Floating World"

Installation view, wall drawing , 7-9 April 2010. This drawing is generated by tracing the movement of the visitors during the installation process. John Warwicker, a known as a typographer/graphic designer is holding his first painting show at the G/P Gallery (NADiff location, 2nd floor). There were six groups of works ranging from a live […]

Recent Openings: Hiromi Yoshii Gallery

Enlightenment, Last Café, installation shot, image courtesy of Hiromi Yoshii gallery Last Friday Hiromi Yoshii Gallery inaugurated an interesting group show. Aya Ohki’s and Shinya Inoue’s powerful and yet visually restrained works make a nice contrast with Enlightenment’s Last Café installation (part of his AD 2010 show). The artist’s spacial games continue the tradition of […]

Recent Openings: Kodama & Nanzuka Underground

Tatjana Doll photographed with SPEED_Shinkansen Bullet Train 2011 enamel, acrylic, 2m x 30m (10 pieces), 2008 Image courtesy of Nanzuka Underground The new exhibitions in Kodama Gallery and Nanzuka Underground Gallery (both in the Shirokane Art Complex) serendipitously, address speed and movement, but do so in different ways. Kodama presents a collection of video/sonic work […]

ARTFORUM Critics’ Picks: Ohad Matalon

An Unseen Land or It Is All Gone In Reality, 2009-2010, Negative/Positive Still Projection, Dimension: variable This post has nothing to do with Tokyo, but, on my recent visit to Tel Aviv I saw a very interesting show by the photographer Ohad Matalon and decided to write about it. My review of this show had […]

Bacon Prize 2010 Winner—ART FAIR TOKYO

The winner of the 2010 Bacon Prize is Keisuke Tanaka whose work was on view in the Yamamote Gendai Gallery’s booth. Tanaka’s mixed media installations (the one in the show was acrylic on camphor tree, lead and natural pigment) appear organic. As is the case with many other artists represented by this gallery, his works […]

Recent Openings: Yamamoto Gendai

This was my first encounter with Erina Matsui’s whimsical works; her solo show “One-touch Time Machine” is on view at Yamamoto Gendai through May 1. The young artist creates a carnivalesque universe where the lips on a giant face are transforming into slimy mushrooms right before our eyes, heads grow out of the ground, and […]

Art Fair Tokyo vs. KOH-JUTSU

Art Fair Tokyo, Contemporary Art section The 2010 Art Fair Tokyo was inaugurated last Thursday at the Tokyo International Forum. Most of the exhibitors were located in one of the large halls, with some of the younger galleries and media stalls situated in two separate sections, in the upstairs lobby. The fair covered a whole […]