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Back Issue -1 August 2010-
In Praise of Fluorescence: Yuichi Higashionna
Roger McDonald
In "Other Criteria" (Artforum, March 1972) Leo Steinberg referred to the paintings of the young Robert Rauschenberg as "flatbeds," after printing presses. Steinberg was pointing to an important shift in contemporary painting which could be likened to the way different modules are placed on the printer's block, arranged and edited, thereby changing the psychic address of a picture from a vertical to horizontal plane. Rather than being "painted" as such, these new kinds of pictures were composed or built up using many different elements -- photographs, objects, drawings, bits of newspaper. more...
The One-Mat Study of Takeshiro Matsuura
Thomas Daniell
Currently touring the INAX galleries in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo is an exhibition about the multitalented explorer Takeshiro Matsuura (1818-1888), focusing on his Ichijojiki -- a study room with a total floor area not much bigger than one tatami mat (intended to be just large enough for one person to lie down, a tatami mat is about 1800 x 900 mm, though the exact size varies slightly according to region). more...
Flying High in Nihonbashi: Tokyo's Kite Museum
Alan Gleason
Tucked away on the fifth floor of a nondescript downtown Tokyo office building, the room is of modest dimensions. Yet to enter it is to step back in time, into one of the impossibly crowded little neighborhood toyshops, stuffed with gaudily dyed kites, paper balloons, dolls, model boats and planes, that I remember from my Tokyo childhood. more...
Recent Articles
FOCUS
In Praise of Fluorescence: Yuichi Higashionna
Roger McDonald
2 Aug 2010
FOCUS
The One-Mat Study of Takeshiro Matsuura
Thomas Daniell
2 Aug 2010
HERE/THERE
Flying High in Nihonbashi: Tokyo's Kite Museum
Alan Gleason
2 Aug 2010
PICKS
Gozo Yoshimasu: The Garden of Blind Gold
2 Aug 2010
FOCUS
Japan's Old New Museum: The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Opens with Edouard Manet
Edan Corkill
1 Jul 2010
FOCUS
Where Is Architecture? Seven Installations by Japanese Architects
Susan Rogers Chikuba
1 Jul 2010
HERE/THERE
Plaster Paintings and Sea-Slug Walls: Matsuzaki's Chohachi Museum
Alan Gleason
1 Jul 2010
PICKS
The Samurai & I: Early Portrait Photographs
1 Jul 2010
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