Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

FASHION: KEIICHI TANAAMI x STUSSY SPRING/SUMMER CAPSULE COLLECTION

March 10, 2013  |  art, Style  |  Comments Off

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Streetwear has more or less run its course of late, but venerable label Stüssy has put together the most exciting T-shirt collection in recent memory with their forthcoming collab with Japanese psychedelic pop art godfather Keiichi Tanaami. Nice work, boys. Get em now, while they last at the Stüssy web store Read More

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JR AT THE WATARI MUSEUM MUSEUM IN TOKYO

February 12, 2013  |  art  |  Comments Off

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Supertouch buddy JR's first solo museum exhibition opened on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan, at the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art. A massive-scale photographic pasting was installed on the outside facade, representing inhabitants from North East Japan, where the tsunami hit in March 2011 in an effort to pay tribute to the country's greatest national loss in decades. Read More

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JAPAN///NEWS///GIANT GUNDAM STATUE TO TOWER OVER TOKYO THIS SUMMER

April 8, 2009  |  art, Cool Shit, Japan, News  |  Comments Off

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A 59-foot-tall "life-size" statue of  the legendary GUNDAM robot is scheduled be built at Shiokaze Park on Tokyo's artificial Odaiba island this July as part of BANDAI’s "Mobile Suit Gundam 30th Anniversary Project." The statue will be a perfectly accurate rendition of the original RX-78-2 Gundam model from the 1979 anime series constructed of fiberglass-reinforced plastic over a steel frame. In an effort to awe children and induce heart attacks in the elderly, the robot will feature an automated moving head unit, and a body that emits light at 50 individual points and shoots mist from 14 different orifices. Following last week’s missile launch over the island nation by North Korea, Japanese officials are reportedly in talks with Bandi’s top brass to dispatch the fighting robot to the hermit kingdom to grapple with Kim Jong Il on his home turf. Not to be outdone, US officials are said to be considering outfitting the statue of Lincoln in DC with his own battle suit and steaming light show…

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The forthcoming life sized Gundam in "light show" mode...

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The slightly less imposing bronze Gundam statue outside Shinjuku's Kamiigusa Station in Tokyo proves Japan's distaste for presidential statuary...

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SPAIN///FIRST LOOK///TAKASHI MURAKAMI AT THE GUGGENHEIM BILBAO

March 12, 2009  |  art, First Look, Japan, Murakami, News, Openings, Spain, Video  |  Comments Off

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As Japanese Pop Art master TAKASHI MURAKAMI's retrospective "© Murakami" show continues on its epic world tour, the grandiose GUGGENHEIM BILBAO museum plays host to its latest and most daunting stop to date. Settling into the swooping Frank Gehry-skinned art palace, the show—fresh off its recent stop in Frankfurt, Germany—replicates its general outlay previously established at the initial MoCA LA, and Brooklyn Museum stops, but this time the artist's epic painted and sculptural works are finally housed in a venue as aesthetically compelling as the whole of Murakami's oeuvre. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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NYC///STREET LIFE///YOSHITOMO NARA BUSTED FOR GRAFFITI IN MANHATTAN

March 11, 2009  |  art, Art Crimes, Graffiti, Nara, News, NYC, Street Art  |  Comments Off

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In town for the opening of his eponymous solo show at MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY, Japan’s YOSHITOMO NARA just couldn’t help himself in the Subway at Union Station when the graffiti urge overtook him. Unfortunately, New York’s “Finest” don’t exactly see drawings as “art” when they’re on walls instead of paper and the delicate art star spent two days in the slammer. Ouch:

POP ARTIST YOSHITOMO NARA ARRESTED FOR GRAFFITI IN NEW YORK
March 10, Japan Today

Yoshitomo Nara, a contemporary Japanese pop artist known for sculptures and paintings of doe-eyed figures, was arrested in late February for tagging graffiti in the Union Square subway station, a New York Police Department official said Monday.

Nara was arrested at 3:10 a.m. on Feb 27 and charged with criminal mischief, possession of graffiti instruments, making graffiti and resisting arrest, detective Martin Speechley told Kyodo News in a phone interview. An official at a New York art gallery where Nara’s exhibits are currently on display said the artist has already been released.

Nara, 49, who lives and works in Tochigi Prefecture, was in New York for a solo exhibition of his work at the Marianne Boesky Gallery that runs Feb 28 through March 28. The online edition of Art in America magazine said Nara was caught tagging a graffiti portrait of two Japanese friends in the subway station and he was optimistic about his two days in lockup.

It was ‘‘a nice experience in my life,’’ the artist was quoted as saying. He said the environment in which he found himself was like something in the movies. Nara emerged on the art scene during Japan’s pop art movement in the 1990s and has held solo exhibitions worldwide. His works are on display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Click HERE to read more…

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NYC///FIRST LOOK///YOSHITOMO NARA ROCKS MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY

March 11, 2009  |  art, First Look, Japan, Nara, News, Openings, Uncategorized  |  Comments Off

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Japanese art sensation (he’s bigger than Murakami in his native land) YOSHITOMO NARA brought some much-needed heat to NYC last week with his eponymous new show of paintings, drawings and large-scale constructions at MARIANNE BOESKY GALLERY. Forming the centerpiece of the exhibition is a pair of large “Smurf houses” that double as mini art studios that were executed in conjunction with installation artists GRAF, who, together with Nara form the collective YNG (Yoshitomo Nara + Graf). Constructed from reclaimed wood, the forms of the two immense sculptures recall stylized tannenbaums, with their roof shingling evoking exaggerated tree needles. Small cutout windows and hanging lights punctuate the sculptures, providing them with the feel of a house or some surreal abode. The structures are hollow and present interiors replete with drawings and paintings all created in the artist's hand, and with a multitude of stuffed animals from fans selected by the artist. Though Nara has previously exhibited these types of moveable spaces before, the dwellings in this exhibition have a quieted sentiment to them. Each object within feels carefully considered in its placement. The frenzy of personal effects including photographs, CDs and beer cans, all evoking the turmoil and inspiration in the artist studio, has been removed. Instead the stillness of the structures, with their looming spires, presents a protective shell to the interiors. Though possible to peer into the structures and glimpse their holdings, they cannot be entered and the viewer must be content to remain on the exterior. The paintings, rendered on both canvas and wooden billboards, depict lone portraits of dreamy-eyed figures. Pencil and colored pencil drawings on found envelopes and discarded papers similarly parse the psychological landscape of their subjects. A dedicated rock fanatic Nara’s opening included live performances by Japanese bands by OORUTAICHI and M.A.G.O., proving that normally stuffy Gotham art openings can indeed rock and or roll. Nara is yet another artist participating in the "Stages" charity art show to benefit LANCE ARMSTRONG's anti-cancer LIVESTRONG foundation during his run in this year's Tour de France. Keep an eye on ST for more details coming soon. Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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FILM///FIRST LOOK: ASTRO BOY THE MOVIE

December 3, 2008  |  Animation, Film, First Look, Icons & Legends, Japan, News, Otaku  |  Comments Off

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A curiously shirted Astro Boy runs out to kick Speed Racer's ass...

2009 is gonna be a huge year for otaku Anime & Manga fans when the legendary ASTRO BOY finally hits the big screen in modern computer animated form in an eponymous feature based the highly successful Japanese franchise by OSAMU TEZUKA. Nicolas Cage's inclusion in the film as voice "talent" will surely be a low point but hopefully they don't mess this flick up completely. We need something to redeem last year's "Speed Racer" fiasco bad...

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TOKYO///DESIGN///LOVING THE HONDA PUYO: A CAR WITH NO EDGES THAT GLOWS IN THE DARK

October 7, 2008  |  Autorama, Design, Japan, Kustom Kulture, News  |  Comments Off

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HONDA's wondrous soft glow-in-the-dark egg of a concept car with the dirtiest name of all time, the "PUYO," has been making the car show rounds for a minute now but our fascination remains undiminished. Created entirely without hard edges, inside and out, the new Japanese family commuter pod operates without a steering wheel (a gamer-friendly joystick handles the "directionality"), runs on an advanced hydrogen fuel cell, is enclosed by a totally transparent dome, is surrounded by a silicone "gel body" that literally glows in the dark, and contains an interior that spins a full 360 degrees so that the car never needs to reverse. It also flys and swims underwater. Not really, that doesn't kick in till the 2011 model. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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JAPAN///BEAUTIFUL LOSERS ART SHOW OPENS AT LAFORET MUSEUM TOKYO…

August 13, 2008  |  art, Beautiful Losers, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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The scene of the crime literally 5 minutes before opening...

Last week's opening of the low-fi spectacle of downtown outsider art that is BEAUTIFUL LOSERS at Tokyo's LaFORET MUSEUM in the hipster hotspot of Harajuku commemorated the Japanese premiere of the new "Beautiful Losers" documentary film and the beginning of the new NIKE SPORTSWEAR-sponsored "Make Something!" workshops. The show—smaller in scale than the full-scale exhibition currently on tour in Europe—included original art by Margaret Kilgallen, ESPO, Jo Jackson, Josh Lazcano (AMAZE), Alexis Ross of the Gents of Desire, Barry Mcgee (Ray Fong), Chris Johanson, Geoff McFetridge, Sean Barton, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Mike Mills, Thomas Campbell, and Ed Templeton, among others. Meanwhile, the "Make Something!" workshops hosted by Alexis Ross (Homemade Tattoos), Aaron Rose ( Zine Making), Sean Barton (Sign Painting), and Jo Jackson (Paper Mache Heads of World Leaders) gave the throng of eager Japanese fans something to do with their idle hands and deviant minds. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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JAPAN///TOYBOX///USUGROW AT THE VADER PROJECT…

July 22, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Japan, News, Tokyo, Toybox  |  Comments Off

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Ewoks and George's last 3 movies made us hate Star Wars but Usugrow's gangster Darth brought us back... 

If you're like us the last thing you wanna look at is another painted toy/object show. Keeping that in mind, we couldn't help but be stoked to catch a look at the ill work of our boy USUGROW at the Japan touchdown of the VADER PROJECT 2008 at MAKUHARI-MESSE in Chiba this weekend. Lending his signature black ink linestyle and to-die-for lettering to a creamy vanilla Darth Vader helmet (a real one at that) for the show honoring the 3oth anniversary of Star Wars in Japan, the mysterious artist proved that there's still fresh blood in the murky waters of this tired genre. Other good looks came from amazing Japanese toy sculptor T9G, and an amazing Vader as samurai helmet. Of course the hoards of Japanese otaku nerd girls in stormtrooper uniforms wasn't too hard on the eyes. Now the only scary thing is knowing that a painted Han Solo-in-Carbonite sculpture show is undoubtedly on the horizon. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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