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Back Issue -1 March 2012-
Dot to Dot: The Infinite World of Yayoi Kusama
Christopher Stephens
Painting for Yayoi Kusama began as a way of escaping the relentless aural and visual hallucinations that plagued her, and of warding off the temptation to take her own life. Now 82, Kusama has managed to turn an obsession with polka dots, which have dominated her field of vision since childhood, into a long and prolific career. But rather than being an image of dread, the motif has come to represent hope, earning the artist an international following that stretches far beyond the walls of the museum. more...
Shedding Light on Inspiration: Cosmic Travelers at Espace Louis Vuitton
Lucy Birmingham
Commission five very talented Japanese artists of varying ages working in different genres to create works in an inspiring space, and you're bound to get an impressive exhibition. Cosmic Travelers - Toward the Unknown, showing at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo until May 6, defines the collaborative spirit and creativity that's possible when generous support is forthcoming. more...
Akinori Matsumoto and the Art of the Ongu
Alan Gleason
Step into Akinori Matsumoto's tiny atelier near the Yokohama docks and you are gently bombarded by a low cacophony of whirring and clicking that is curiously soothing to the soul. The sounds are made by the menagerie of devices in motion, all of Matsumoto's invention, that fill every nook and cranny of the studio. Made mostly of bamboo, wire, and paper, they look like the organic offspring of Rube Goldberg's wacky fantasy machines, but the tasks they perform are strictly in the service of art -- or more precisely, music. more...
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Dot to Dot: The Infinite World of Yayoi Kusama
Christopher Stephens
1 Mar 2012
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Shedding Light on Inspiration: Cosmic Travelers at Espace Louis Vuitton
Lucy Birmingham
1 Mar 2012
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Akinori Matsumoto and the Art of the Ongu
Alan Gleason
1 Mar 2012
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Kunihiko Takaoka: Icons
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Sublime Harmonies: Bunkyo's Trove of Mechanical Music
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1 Feb 2012
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Wajiro Kon, On Collecting
Nicolai Kruger
1 Feb 2012
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Muses for Each Other: Shoeita and Hoshime Kikuchi
Alan Gleason
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Ryota Uemura and Enk De Kramer
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