Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

DESIGN | KEIICHI TANAAMI’S PSYCHEDELIC HONDA NX650 FOR SUPER EYEWEAR

July 30, 2014  |  art, Design, Film  |  No Comments

As an homage to the biker influence of their current "Motorpsycho" sunglasses collection, eyewear brand Super commissioned legendary Japanese psychedelic pop artist Keiichi Tanaami to customize a 1988 Honda NX650 from Italian bike shop Basic Garage with his trademark hallucinogenic graphics and some bold bodywork in a collab we never could have imagined. Read More

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ON EXHIBIT | NEW HAJIME SORAYAMA SCULPTURE AT ART BASEL HONG

May 14, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Legendary Japanese fantasy & concept artist Hajime Sorayama debuted a gorgeous new sculpture of his iconic chrome fembot fatale (made famous on his Aerosmith album cover art) with Nanzuka Gallery at Art Basel Hong Kong this week. Now she's one step closer to becoming reality. Have a look:  Read More

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FIRST LOOK | STEPHEN “ESPO” POWERS’ “TODAY IS ALREADY TOMORROW” OPENING AT TARGET GALLERY, TOKYO

April 21, 2014  |  art  |  Comments Off

TODAY IS ALREADY TOMORROW by Stephen Powers (ESPO) 2014

Last week in Japan, street art legend, sign painter extraordinaire, and emergent fine artist Stephen "ESPO" Powers opened his latest show, "Today is Already Tomorrow" at Tokyo's Target Gallery. Given his Japanese audience's profound obsession with all things Americana, pop culture, and english language phrases (which are often appropriated wildly out-of-context), the show of Powers' trademark wordplay paintings were a perfect match to his eager viewers who packed the tiny backstreet  Read More

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STREET LIFE | STEPHEN “ESPO” POWERS’ TOKYO LOVE LETTER

April 21, 2014  |  Streets  |  Comments Off

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While in Tokyo for his "Today is Already Tomorrow" opening at Target Gallery last week, Stephen Powers (aka: ESPO) made his presence publicly known throughout the city with a series of public murals adorning the the streets of Harajuku and the facade & interior of Marc Jacob's Bookmarc store in conjunction with Read More

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INTERVIEW: TAKASHI MURAKAMI FOR “THE CREATORS PROJECT”

June 10, 2013  |  art, Film  |  Comments Off

The notoriously media shy Japanese Pop god Takashi Murakami speaks with the evolving Creators Project at the site of his recent (and incredible) "Arhat" show with Supertouch buddies Blum & Poe in LA...

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FIRST LOOK: YOSHITOMO NARA AT PACE GALLERY NYC

May 13, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Iconic Japanese Pop artist and hardcore punk rocker Yoshitomo Nara took advantage of Frieze week when he opened his first show at the esteemed Pace Gallery in NYC last Friday. A hardcore disciple of the cult of Margaret Keane and the Japanese world of kawaii (all things impossibly"cute") the real magic of Nara's deceptively simple giant-eyed kids is in the minimalism with which they convey their deeper emotions of anger, annoyance, melancholy, and defiance. Read More

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FIRST LOOK | KAWS’ “OHHH…” AT KAI KAI KIKI GALLERY, TOKYO

May 2, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch buddy KAWS (aka: Brain Donnelley) opened his show of new paintings, "Ohhh...", today at fellow artist Takashi Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. The exhibition features a beautiful array of large and small canvases showcasing his current artistic mode of character abstraction in which the artist deconstructs his animated subjects like Spongebob and Astro Boy into their core geometric components before scrambling the parts to create cartoon collages of vivid color and form that transcend the representational works of his previous series. Read More

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI PREMIERES HIS FIRST FILM “JELLYFISH EYES” IN TOKYO

April 22, 2013  |  art, Film  |  Comments Off

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Hot on the heels of the opening of his incredible new show in LA (here), last weekend saw the master of Japanese Pop, Takashi Murakami, premiering his first feature film, "Jellyfish Eyes"—which has been in the making for over a decade now—in his native Japan. Opening in posh Rippongi Hills, the premiere was accompanied by an exhibition of the props, character models, and production art used in the making of the film, which was originally intended to be an all-animated feature, but instead combines live action with CG animation. According to Murakami, "'Jellyfish Eyes' is a series of fantasy films for young adults set in the aftermath ofJapan’s recent natural disasters. Read More

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TAKASHI MURAKAMI’S INCREDIBLE NEW “ARHAT” SHOW AT BLUM AND POE LOS ANGELES

April 11, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Opening tonight at the esteemed Blum & Poe Gallery in LA is an amazing show of breathtaking new artwork—including monumental-scale paintings and sculptures—by Japanese Pop master Takashi Murakami. Titled "Ahrat," the cycle of paintings on view continues Murakami’s newest mode of painting, developed for his exhibition "Ego," mounted in Doha, Qatar in early 2012. The Arhat paintings conflate historical, contemporary, and futuristic Japanese references with a myriad of styles, methodologies, and forms into single picture planes. The artist’s long-standing interest in Japanese nihonga painting and the contemporary practices of manga and animation are highlighted in this important body of work. Read More

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KEIICHI TANAAMI’S “BURLESQUE” ART EXHIBITION OPENS AT STUSSY JAPAN

April 7, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Legendary Japanese psychedelic artist Keiichi Tanaami's current fashion collaboration with iconic streetwear label Stüssy was celebrated Thursday night with the opening of his art show, "Burlesque," at the brand's pop-up gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo. Read More

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