Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now at SFMOMA

Tsunehisa Kimura, Americanism, 1982; photomontage; 15 1/4 x 19 1/4 in. (38.74 x 48.9 cm); promised gift of a private collection to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; © Estate of Tsunehisa Kimura

Shotgun Reviews are an open forum where we invite the international art community to contribute timely, short-format responses to an exhibition or event. If you are interested in submitting a Shotgun Review, please click this link for more information. In this Shotgun Review, Max Blue assesses Japanese Photography from Postwar to Now at SFMOMA. When viewing any retrospective of work, patterns emerge. Visiting Japanese Photography from[…..]

Rinko Kawauchi at Aperture Gallery

In Japanese, the word ametsuchi contains two characters, side by side. Together, they mean heaven and earth and make up the title of the oldest pangram in Japanese—a bare-bones chant that contains only six lines but, somehow, also includes every character in the Japanese syllabary. Japanese photographer Rinko Kawauchi borrows the title and theme of this ancient poem in her latest body of work, currently[…..]

Fan Mail: Yukihiro Kaneuchi

For this edition of Fan Mail, Yukihiro Kaneuchi of Tokyo, Japan has been selected from our worthy reader submissions. Two artists are featured each month—the next one could be you! If you would like to be considered, please submit your website link to with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line. Born in 1984, Yukihiro Kaneuchi grew up in Fukuoka, on the north shore of Kyushu, the[…..]

Neo-ornamentalism from Japanese Contemporary Art

MOT Annual 2010: Neo-Ornamentalism from Japanese Contemporary Art is currently presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Since 1999, the museum has been holding a “MOT Annual” exhibition focusing on the works of young artists exploring a selected theme on contemporary society. This show presents the works of ten Japanese artists, and is an exploration of contemporary expressions of ornamentation beyond embellishments, as both[…..]

Best of 2009

Best of 2009 Yayoi Kusama Originally published on April 27, 2009 Gagosian Gallery is presenting two major exhibitions in New York and Beverly Hills to celebrate Yayoi Kusama‘s eightieth year. The artist, born in Japan in 1929, started painting with polka dots and nets as motifs around the age of ten. She moved to the United States in 1957, where she showed large scale paintings,[…..]

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Closing on October 31st at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco is a new exhibition of magnificent photographs by the internationally acclaimed artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. The exhibition marks a new body of work for the artist, which began last year,  entitled Lightning Fields. Included in the exhibition are several large-scale black and white photographs that the artist created by using a 400,000-volt Van De Graaff[…..]