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Viewpoints / Openings : Takashi Murakami @ Gagosian Gallery, London

For the last five and a half weeks, Gagosian Gallery on Britannia Street (the larger of its two spaces in London) has been hosting a Takashi Murakami exhibition (previewed). The show features five large-scale sculptures along with a group of paintings merging references to both Japanese contemporary society and the country’s artistic heritage. This recent output includes collaborations with manga, animé, figyua and other artists from Japan’s otaku subculture, which some might describe as a curious world of fantasy, self-indulgence, obsession and disengagement. For the […]

Preview: “Sacred Monsters” @ Tufts University Art Gallery

On September 10, the Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford, MA (Boston) will open its Fall season with a must-see exhibition entitled “Sacred Monsters: Everyday Animism in Contemporary Japanese Art and Anime.” The show examines representations of mythical spirits, gods and other mutant, sentient beings in contemporary Japanese art and film as expressions of animist belief, through fine art and film. Eight emerging and mid-career artists have contributed art work, including friend of AM, Tomokazu “Matzu” Matsuyama (interviewed), and Kaikai Kiki artists Chiho Aoshima and […]
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Preview: Ai Yamaguchi @ Roberts & Tilton

Along with Aya Takano and Chiho Aoshima, Ai Yamaguchi was one of the young, up-and-coming female Japanese artists involved in Takashi Murakami’s Tokyo Girls Bravo exhibition in 1999. Unlike the other two, however, Yamaguchi severed her connection with Kaikai Kiki and went her own way. Since then, she has done quite well for herself, showing her Japanese animation-style depictions of Edo-period geishas at galleries around the world, publishing beautiful silkscreen prints and collaborating with the Japanese cosmetics brand Shu Uemura. This Saturday, Yamaguchi will be […]