Archive for December 2010

Happy New Year! Top Tokyo Exhibitions of 2010

To celebrate the glorious end of Tokyo’s 2010 exhibition year I put together the list of three of my favorite shows of the year. For the sake of even distribution I picked one show by an emerging gallery, one show by an established gallery and one museum show. Venue: TANA Bookshelf Gallery Exhibition: SHIBUHAUSE installation […]

Peter Yeoh vs. Julia Friedman

Peter Yeoh, the editor of London-based Glass magazine chose a black Rei Kawakubo pant skirt for a Taka Ishii gallery (Tokyo) event. The Contemporary Art Tokyo blogger, Julia Friedman, wore the Russian version by the designer Liudmila Mezentseva. Who Wore It Best? Click here to cast your vote!

Leo Rubinfein at Taka Ishii

Taka Ishii (left) with Leo Runinfien The last opening of 2010 was for Leo Rubinfien’s show at the Taka Ishii gallery. Rubinfien, who was raised in Tokyo but now lives in New York, came to prominence in the 1980s as a proponent of color photography. The photographs (ink jet prints) on view in the current […]

TANA Gallery Bookshelf

One of Tokyo’s newest and hippest gallery spaces TANA Gallery Bookshelf finished up their first year in style with an artist talk by Ryuta Ushiro of Chim↑Pom and a one-day show of SHIBUYA=SHIBUHOUSE, a collective of young artists (the core of the group are students at the likes of Geidai and Musashino Art University), and frequently rotating “non-artists.” […]

Save the Date(s): Aki Sasamoto at Take Ninagawa

Aki Sasamoto’s first solo show in Japan is a homecoming of sorts. Sasamoto, who was born in Yokohama, received her MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University, and had made New York her home since. The current show at Take Ninagawa gallery is based on the project commissioned to the artist for the 2010 Whitney Biennial, […]

Jean-Michel Basquait: The Radiant Child

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Interfaces (Image, Texte, Language): Artists’ Words & Writers’ Images

Photo courtesy of Pat Greer The new volume of the interdisciplinary journal Interfaces published collaboratively by the College of the Holy Cross and Université Paris Diderot is finally out! You can see the table of contents here. Among the papers is my essay “Alexei Remizov’s Creative Act.” Please click here for stunning two color reproductions […]

Isabel Nolan at Gallery Side 2

Installation view with A Small Place Among Visible Things, 2010, polyethylene, jesmonite, paint, MDF, 23.5 x 31 x 25 cm Isabel Nolan’s Tokyo debut exhibition “clocks and seasons and promises” presents a selection of her recent watercolors, drawings and small-scale sculptures. The  works show Nolan’s versatility with different media: shapes that appear in the watercolors […]

“Sex Booze Weed Speed” at Rat Hole

The new Rat Hole Gallery exhibition is a two person show with a catchy title “Sex Booze Weed Speed.” The two artists, American, Paris-based Oscar Tuazon and Norwegian Gardar Eide Einarsson put together a selection of works loosely based on Minimalist and Pop Art idioms. The installation is site-specific. Tuazon and Einarsson began to collaborate […]

Myths and Habits in The Improvised City

Last Thursday Julian Worrall’s Llabo hosted a lecture by young Dutch designers Krijn Christiaansen and Kathelijne Montens. The two presented a variety of practical and whimsical projects intended to accommodate public spaces in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Unlike the overly sleek areas such as the Tokyo Midtown or Shiodome, Christiaansen and Montens’s urban landscape projections […]