Archive for May 2010

Mamoru Sakagawa Retrospective

The Tokyo branch of the Kodama Gallery is now showing the last nine years of Mamoru Sakagawa’s work. The objects range from the 2001 acrylics of muscle men, to drawings, to the latest experiments with india ink and fabric appliqué. The oldest works, interestingly enough, suggest a loosely visceral quality in the artist’s approach: it […]

Yoshitomo Nara: Ceramic Works

Yoshitomo Nara White Riot 2010 ceramic h.278 x w.176 x d.126 cm If you have not seen it yet, Tomio Koyama gallery is showing Nara’s recent experimentation with ceramics. The seventh floor gallery features a selection of oversized sculpture. White Riot takes up the smaller gallery on the left, it sort of springs up at […]

Chihiro Kabata/Yuuri Kabata "Miniature Garden and Schwarzer Wald: Simulacra and Blind Illusion"

Installation view. Left: Chihiro Kabata. Right: Yuuri Kabata. The Art Front Gallery is now holding an exhibition of the works made by two sisters: Chihiro and Yuuri Kabata. The two share a studio and their work may well be seen as a creative dialogue that scrutinizes color and space. The majority of the works are […]

"A. Face 2 Face with Wu Chin-Chin" (and Araki Nobuyoshi) at Zen Foto Gallery

© Wu, Chin-Chin. Image courtesy of the gallery This is the first Tokyo exhibition of the Beijing-based artist Chin-Chin Wu. It features her 2006–2008 project Vis–à -Vis, Portraits of New Women, in which fifty young women from Paris and Beijing posed for their “intimate portraits.” Upon entering the gallery, the viewers are invited to gaze […]


Installation view with mirror piece (Untitled, 2010, stainless steel, 230x230x44 cm) Anish Kapoor’s third solo exhibition at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE gallery amply proves that his small scale works can be just as effective (if not stunning) as his well publicized large scale installations. The five works on view at the SCAI range from an 1979-80 […]

Miwa Yanagi ARTFORUM review

My review of Miwa Yanagi’s recent “Lullaby” exhibition at the Rat Hole Gallery is now out in the May issue of Artforum.