Newspapers Roundup #1

The past couple weeks’ art and design columns as read in the Japan Times, Daily Yomiuri, and Asahi online newspapers.

In In the News by Paul Baron 2006-09-28

Asahi.com : In Sight/Arts

Jarring elements mar German-Japanese show (09/15)

The current exhibition at Tokyo’s Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, features the fruits of a cross-cultural experiment launched in 2003 by the Hara and the DaimlerChrysler Foundation in Japan. On the surface, the premise appears promising–invite a pair of German artists to live and work in Tokyo and send a couple of Japanese artists to Berlin, then see what happens…
TAB event data: “Art Scope 2005/2006” Exhibition (until 10/22)

Exhibition angles in on early cubism (09/15)

Some of the first cubist paintings ever created are taking a rare trip halfway around the world while their home museum undergoes renovation. “The Age of Picasso and Modigliani” is currently on display at Tokyo’s Bunkamura Museum of Art. The works, on loan from the Lille Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in Villeneuve d’Ascq, northern France, are midway through their first tour of the country…
TAB event data: “The Age of Picasso and Modigliani” Exhibition (until 10/22)

Oddball world of Yuki Onodera develops in black and white (09/15)

It is Yuki Onodera’s combination of a rough, grainy, black-and-white format with intriguingly odd subject matter that has been both the hallmark and strong point of her photographs to date. Grainy monotone brings to mind documentary or reportage photography–with its associations of straight realism. So when such a format is used to depict clothes apparently standing by themselves, or tin cans flying through the air, or soccer games where there are two balls, the effect is immediately startling…
TAB event data: Yuki Onodera “Going Under Orpheus” (until 10/07)

Megalomania lives on in tomb exhibition (09/15)

According to the 19th-century English historian Lord Acton, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That might help explain the excesses and insanities behind the vast tomb complex of Qin Shi Huangdi (259–210 B.C.), probably the most powerful emperor in Chinese history…
TAB event data: Shi Huangdi and Terracotta Soldiers (until 10/09)

Daily Yomiuri Online : Arts Weekend

Ganime: the art of slow animation (09/16)

Anime is now internationally recognized, making it one of the nation’s most popular exports, loved by children and adults throughout the world. The similar-sounding but less familiar term “ganime” is the label being given to an emerging art that, unlike anime, does not try to create the illusion of movement of characters. Instead it uses still images, including paintings, illustrations, photographs and computer graphics in a movie form…

Singapore aims to shake artless reputation (09/23)

Singapore has rarely been seen as a contemporary art hub, but it’s making its first effort to become one this autumn. The Singapore Biennale, the nation’s inaugural international modern art exhibition, is a showcase of young talent from various parts of the world, especially Asia…

Chiho Aoshima’s ‘Underground’ art (09/23)

Japanese artist Chiho Aoshima is getting used to displaying her artwork underground. In May 2005, New York City’s Union Square subway station was home to some of her colorful, fantasy-world designs. Now, and until Jan. 25, Gloucester Road Underground Station in the heart of London will be decorated with one of the artist’s latest creations–a huge, digital-media designed landscape titled City Glow, Mountain Whisper…

Art from Cleveland: Museum world’s ‘best-kept secret’ comes to Tokyo (09/23)

Why Cleveland? That’s the first thing many might ask about of the current exhibition–From Monet to Picasso: Masterworks from The Cleveland Museum of Art–running until Nov. 26 at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo. With the exception of a few serious students of the world’s great museum collections, the name Cleveland probably rings a bell about the size of the one on the collar of the neighbors’ cat for most Japanese museumgoers…
TAB event data: “The Cleveland Museum of Art” Exhibition (until 11/26)

The Japan Times Online

On design (09/26)

Be it for the home, while you’re on the go, or even during some far away travels, this month’s column has you covered with a selection of choice items that should satisfy all your stylish needs…

Latin America struts into the fashion spotlight (09/26)

Ever since Gisele Bundchen attained supermodel status, Brazil has been going catwalk crazy. Now the country is hoping that the fashion world will recognize it as not only an exporter of top models but also as a center for the creation of designer clothing…

Seeing Paris through Hokusai’s eyes (09/28)

In the often featureless landscape of Tokyo, a fleeting glimpse of Tokyo Tower in the distance can help to give a sense of direction and position. No matter how unfamiliar a particular street may be, seeing a familiar landmark in the distance often makes us feel strangely at home…
TAB event data: Henri Riviere “Les Trente-six Vues de la Tour Eiffel” (until 10/22)

Fumio Nanjo to replace David Elliott (09/28)

The Mori Art Museum’s director, David Elliott, will leave his post at the end of October to take a position as the new director of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in Turkey. The news was announced Wednesday at a press conference at Roppongi Hills, where Elliott spoke of his five years in Tokyo working as the first foreign director of a major museum in Japan, focusing especially on the three years since the Mori’s opening in October 2003…

Paul Baron

Paul Baron. Born in 1977 in Paris. After graduating in 2002 from the London College of Communication, he moved to Tokyo to taste Japan's powerful visual culture. After 3 years at Honda R&D as an interaction designer and his 2004 launch of Tokyo Art Beat with Olivier and Kosuke, he now works as a usability and information designer at AQ, a Tokyo-based design & web agency. After-hours, he enjoys holding on to his rapidly fading unofficial title for biggest visitor of art exhibits in Tokyo and baking all sorts of cakes in his new Ikea kitchen. » See other writings

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