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Back Issue -1 February 2011-
Double Takes
Christopher Stephens
Yasumasa Morimura has been quietly inserting himself into history for the last 25 years. By replacing central figures (and occasionally objects) with his own image in masterpieces of Western art by van Gogh and Manet, pinups of screen idols such as Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, and documentary photographs of political leaders like Mao Zedong and Vladimir Lenin, Morimura (b. 1951) has created an alternative history of the world featuring himself in every role. more...
Architecture, from the Ends of the Earth
Nicolai Kruger
To mark the 25th anniversary of its founding, Gallery MA, a Tokyo design and architecture mainstay, was renamed Toto Gallery MA and has launched a commemorative exhibition, Global Ends: Towards the Beginning. A committee comprised of five notable Japanese architects (with Tadao Ando serving as special advisor) was established to select the exhibitors. more...
Art in the Palm of Your Hand: Rekisai Kobayashi's Miniatures
Alan Gleason
The Tobacco & Salt Museum owes its curious name to the fact that these two disparate substances were, until quite recently, produced and sold by the Japanese government. In the early 1900s the country's tobacco and salt industries were taken over by the Ministry of Finance. Only in 1985 were the industries re-privatized, with the postwar Japan Tobacco and Salt Public Corporation replaced by Japan Tobacco, Inc. (JT), which is still 50 percent government-owned. more...
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Double Takes
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1 Feb 2011
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