Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

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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TOKYO///ART & COMMERCE///CHANEL’S MOBILE ART MUSEUM HITS JAPAN…

June 4, 2008  |  art, Art Crimes, Art Stunts, Japan, News, Openings  |  Comments Off

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Karl Lagerfeld's spaceship has finally landed, and P-Funk is the house band...

As big companies struggle to find new ways to connect the dots between their brands and the art world, OG fashion giant CHANEL has boldly gone where few have been able to afford to go before and created their own incredible traveling UFO-like art museum dubbed the "CHANEL CONTEMPORARY ART CONTAINER" which has just touched down in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park near the hipster hub of the Harajuku subway station. And what does this incredible land-based flying object house, you might ask? Why an obligatory self-congratulating collection of original art pieces by 20 international artists including (among others) YOKO ONO, THE BLUE NOSES, DAVID LEVENTHAL, DANIEL BUREN, LEE BUL, NOBUYOSHI ARAKI, PIERRE et GILLES, and STEPHEN SHORE, of course, all paying homage to the couture house's signature product, the Chanel quilted purse. While we can think of fewer items less inspiring to build a traveling art exhibition around, we're more than impressed by architectural futurist ZAHA HADID's incredible modular spaceship-like structure that was commissioned by the company's chief creative director and resident Earthbound alien, KARL LAGERFELD. With stops scheduled in New York, London, Moscow, and Paris through 2010, there's a good chance a great deal of well-heeled aficionados will get their chance to prowl the pod's Kubrick-ian white corridors and possibly even be granted an audience with the mobile museum's resident MC, Hal. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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JAPAN///ON EXHIBIT///YOSHITOMO NARA'S GIANT DOG

June 2, 2008  |  On Exhibit  |  Comments Off
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Nara's dog in Zen... 

Iconic Japanese Pop artist YOSHITOMO NARA has always had a penchant for all things cute and cuddly, but usually on the diminutive side, stature-wise. His giant dog sculpture on display at the AOMORI MUSEUM, however, is his largest work to date and no less cuddly for its two-story size...

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Locals risk angering the sleeping dog god by teasing it with their Hello Kitty scarf...

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TOKYO///TERRY RICHARDSON x JACKASS IN HARAJUKU…

May 1, 2008  |  art, Art & Commerce, Openings, Tokyo  |  Comments Off

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"Halfway between a handshake and a f*%k"...

It's hard to open a magazine or flip on the TV these days without stumbling across an ad or commercial unmistakably shot by downtown NYC art star photographer TERRY RICHARDSON. It’s starting to feel that way with art shows too. Since last week, Tokyo's hipster elite has been privy to an exhibition of some of the mustachioed one's funniest collections in recent memory with his JACKASS series capturing everyone's favorite idiots in moments of gloriously uncensored frolic on display at the LaFORET MUSEUM in the trendsetting epicenter of Harajuku. Of course, it wouldn't be an art show in Tokyo without some obligatory limited-edition product releases and this show sees the release of 200 special photo print T-shits, 100 photo books, And 100 box sets including an instant camera and a pair of Terry's signature sunglasses. Interestingly, a separate show of Terry's late father BOB RICHARDSON's photos is on display concurrently at the nearby ZEL GALLERY. Both shows run through Thursday, May 8th. HAVE A LOOK: Read More

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