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Back Issue -15 January 2007-
Drop-eyed Daruma
New Media: Yuka Sasahara Gallery
Jeffrey Ian Rosen
Set to celebrate its first anniversary in January 2007, Yuka Sasahara Gallery is one of the youngest in a recently expanding group of "second generation" Tokyo-based contemporary gallery spaces. At 34, owner Yuka Sasahara is herself rather young; however, Sasahara is a seasoned veteran of the Tokyo art world. Intimately involved for nearly ten years, Sasahara previously worked with both the venerable Taka Ishii Gallery and an early and subsequent Roppongi incarnation of Roentgenwerke, a space in which she worked alongside Zenshi Mikami, himself now an independent (Mikami presently runs his own space, Zenshi), and in which she had an opportunity to refine her curatorial practice. more...
On Togo Murano
On Togo Murano
Thomas Daniell
An eclectic designer to say the least, architect Togo Murano (1891-1984) may have remained relatively unknown outside Japan, yet locally he is a revered figure. A multivolume, hardbound collection of his complete drawings is available (at a high price), a major annual architecture prize is named after him, and the Kyoto Institute of Technology has a climate-controlled archive dedicated to every surviving drawing from his office -- a collection estimated to comprise 60,000 items, which, two decades after his death, is still in the process of being cataloged. more...

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