Posts Tagged ‘Japan’
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
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
In support of their current product collaboration with legendary 77-year-old Japanese psychedelic pop artist Keiichi Tanaami, streetwear kings Stüssy visited Tanaami in his home for an enlightening discussion of his life, artwork, and childhood experiences that forever influenced his beautiful, trippy visions. Read More
Supertouch buddy José Parla just opened a beautiful show of new work titled “Prose” in Tokyo at the esteemed Yuka Tsuruno Gallery where the major focus is an incredible 15-meter long mural painting that was created onsite in the gallery in the days leading up to the exhibition. Read More
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
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
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…
The forthcoming life sized Gundam in “light show” mode…
The slightly less imposing bronze Gundam statue outside Shinjuku’s Kamiigusa Station in Tokyo proves Japan’s distaste for presidential statuary…
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
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…
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