Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi 2009
This event has ended.
Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi (A.A.T.M.) is an exhibition designed to identify young artists and to help them develop their art.
Our judges visit graduation project exhibits at major art universities and graduate schools around Japan to search out potential exhibit items. The outstanding pieces and artists they find are then featured at the Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery in the Marunouchi underground area. This is followed by a public screening, at which time the Grand Prize and other prize winners are chosen.
A.A.T.M. is proving to be a gateway to success for young artists: since its launch in 2007, the Award has had a tangible impact on the art scene by providing many budding artists with the opportunity to launch their careers.
The A.A.T.M. brings yet-undiscovered talent together at the Gyoko-dori Underground Gallery to introduce this talent to the public. Our judges, armed with a keen sense of aesthetics, choose works that eloquently illustrate the atmosphere of our times, such that both the passers-by who see the works and the artists who created them gain a new kind of art experience. To make the exhibition even more open, we will also offer the Audience Award starting this year.
It is our hope that everyone will enjoy this contest between talented young artists. We believe it reflects the very future of art.
[Image: Exhibition view from previous installment (2008)]
From 2009-04-29 To 2009-05-31
Exhibition Hours 11:00-20:00
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Here we go again:
Of course i went this afternoon HOPING to see some talent some spark of Visual ideas. Instead I saw that neo-orientalist hand of murakostabi, still plugging his bankrupt and passe "look". Then other judges were gallerists who are not untied to sales and new selections. Other Jurists included schoolmasters who have a vested interest in their own graduates... Others are curators who have no art education and cant tell the difference of interesting from popular so they instead rely on the popular gallerists for "tip-offs". In other words the works are like Hooty and his fish, they completely BLOW!
Now that said, the work is highly derivative, stylish or seductive, but it is all empty and vapid. Copy work abounds and their "TEACHERS ARE TO BLAME" The schools are to BLAME for not RIDING THE KIDS harder to making work that is COMPETENT and uniquely their own. You Cant Johnny's out art work, unlike music the art should hang around for more than 3 minutes. The supporters are to blame for building these kids hopes up to unsustainable levels. When people get over the "exotica" of the "artists" and examine what is or is not being investigated, the results are not going to be so happy. What happens to the ART when the party and the support go home?
When the work is on the wall and has to work its own magic then what?
Many think i am an old crank, a party pooper... Well i am seeking art, not style not the party, try looking at art as if it was your JPY 500,000 yen at stake. I hear a lot of pooh-poohing of chinese art but I see little difference in Japan, except the good ones invariably end up leaving.