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Back Issue -1 October 2013-
Post-3.11 Art at MAM: Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt
Lucy Birmingham
During the months following Japan's March 2011 quake, tsunami, and Fukushima meltdowns, I was dumbfounded by the veritable void of works by Japanese artists on the epic issues the disaster posed. It was as if it didn't matter. Neo-pop stars Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara, and a lingering of micro-pop introversions, continued to dominate Japan's contemporary art landscape. more...
Layers Preserved: The Intermediatheque at JP Tower
Nicolai Kruger
2013 is turning out to be a big year in Japan for the renewal of cultural monuments. The shrine complexes at Ise and Izumo will undergo their shikinen sengu, a total rebuilding that occurs every 20 and 60 years respectively. This tradition, which has been dutifully observed for over 1,000 years, is a painstaking labor of love and great expense. more...
Art at 1,000 Meters: The Madarao Kogen Art Festival
Alan Gleason
Japan seems overrun with art festivals these days -- toss a rock and you're likely to hit one. All too easily lost in the shadow of these massively-funded enterprises, and sadly under the radar of most art aficionados in Japan or elsewhere, are local initiatives like the Madarao Kogen Art Festival, held on a ridgetop that forms the Niigata-Nagano prefectural border just a few kilometers south of Echigo-Tsumari. more...
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Post-3.11 Art at MAM: Roppongi Crossing 2013: Out of Doubt
Lucy Birmingham
1 Oct 2013
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Layers Preserved: The Intermediatheque at JP Tower
Nicolai Kruger
1 Oct 2013
HERE/THERE
Art at 1,000 Meters: The Madarao Kogen Art Festival
Alan Gleason
1 Oct 2013
PICKS
WAR/ART 1940-1950: Sequences and Transformations of Modernism
1 Oct 2013
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This Is Nowhere: Shikoku Mura
Christopher Stephens
2 Sep 2013
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Around the Stages: Mao Ishikawa and "Sachiko Nakada's Theatrical Company 1977-1991"
Roger McDonald
2 Sep 2013
HERE/THERE
A Not-So-Odd Coupling: "Peace Meets Art" in Hiroshima
Alan Gleason
2 Sep 2013
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Awakening - Where Are We Standing? - Earth, Memory and Resurrection
2 Sep 2013
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