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Previews: James Jean – “Zugzwang” @ Hidari Zingaro

As a part of GEISAI∞infinity project curated by Takashi Murakami and Takumi “Kasenyan” Kaseno of the GEISAI Executive Committee, Kaikai Kiki’s Zingaro galleries in Nakano Broadway, Tokyo will be showing Zugzwang, a solo show by Taiwanese-born artist James Jean. This event set to open on November 7th is the eighth installment of the project that is helping graffiti artists, street artists, and other cross-genre creators from around the world debut and showcase their works in the Japanese capital. Organised as the 8th installment of GEISAI∞infinity project that’s been running for 14 years, the show from the American artist will feature a […]

Showing: Todd James – “Fly Like The Wind” @ Nanzuka Gallery

Almost precisely one year since his debut show with the gallery, Todd James recently returned to Tokyo for his latest solo with Nanzuka Gallery titled Fly Like The Wind. The exhibition that opened on the 3rd of October and will stay on view until the 14th of November includes 10 mostly large canvases and 8 works on paper as well as a limited edition plush toy based on his Tit Wizard character. For his second show with the gallery, the NYC-based artist painted a new body of work which further evolves his […]

Upcoming: “Takashi Murakami’s Superflat Collection” @ Yokohama Museum of Art

Just like his friend KAWS, fellow artist Takashi Murakami will be putting part of his collection on display – scheduled for early next year at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan. His eclectic taste in art will be evident to visitors as works from from Shohaku and Rosanjin to Anselm Kiefer will be shown. You can read more about Murakami’s journey as a collector here including his surprising admiration for Kiefer. Photo credit: Kentaro Hirao (via The Art Newspaper). Discuss Takashi Murakami here.

Upcoming: Usugrow – “Organic Contrast” @ Diesel Art Gallery

The public opening of Usugrow’s latest solo show is slated for Friday, August 21st at Diesel Art Gallery in Shibuya. Entitled Organic Contrast, the exhibition features the Japanese artist’s distinctive imagery that developed from originally creating flyers in the underground punk and hard core music scene in early 90s which eventually advanced into apparel design and collaborations with major brands. For fans in his native country, this will be yet another opportunity to see in person his iconic merging of his form of calligraphy with recognizable […]

Upcoming: Takashi Murakami – “The 500 Arhats” @ Mori Art Museum

Coming up on October 31st, Takashi Murakami will be unveiling his first solo exhibition in Japan in over 14 years. The title The 500 Arhats at the Mori Art Museum references the piece that will be the showstopper, a 100-meter-long painting which was created as a thank you to the nation of Qatar, one of the first to offer assistance after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 in Japan. Along with this massive piece, the Japanese originator of the Superflat movement will be preparing other paintings and sculptural works. […]
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Previews: “Ephemeral” @ Jiro Miura Gallery

Coming up on July 25th, Jiro Miura Gallery in Tokyo has put together a pretty amazing lineup of female artists, mainly Japanese, for a group exhibition entitled Ephemeral. Artists including Jana Brike, Amy Crehore, Virginia Mori, Ania Tomicka, Emi Adachi, Fuco Ueda, Kaori Ogawa, Miki Kato, Kimi Kuruhara, Kozue Kuroki, Satomi Kuwahara, Atsuko Goto, Yuka Sakuma, Minae Takada, Tsubaki Torii, Yumi Nakai, Yuko Nagami, Yuki Nagayoshi, Mao Hamaguchi (seen above), Miho Hirano, Shiori Matsumoto, Eri Mizuno, and Yuko Murai were asked to contribute their feminine wares to the […]

Openings: Nawer – “Colors in Shapesland” @ Hidari Zingaro, Tokyo

Nawer recently opened his successful Tokyo debut at Hidari Zingaro Gallery. Co-curated by Takashi Murakami and Takumi “Kasenyan” Kaseno of the GEISAI executive committee, Colors in Shapeland is a part of KaiKai Kiki’s GEISAI∞Infinity​ project. For this show, the Polish artist created a whole new body of work consisting of his abstract geo-based pieces. While quite different than other artists on the KaiKai Kiki’s roster, Nawer’s futuristic abstract works obviously resonated with the local collectors as the show completely sold out. The dynamics he achieves with his refined geometric lines […]

David Choe Paints Good Smile Company Factory

Fans of David Choe (featured) will no doubt know his well-documented troubles with the law in Japan going all the way back to 8 years ago. Not only did his time in jail change him as a person and as an artist, he was also banned from going back to the country until only recently. Along with experiencing all that Japan had to offer, one place he made sure to visit was Good Smile Company (producers of his Munko toy) and their new factory, where […]

Streets / World Tour: Ludo in Tokyo (Part I)

After visiting Thailand, and placing his works around Bangkok (covered), Ludo (interviewed) is continuing his Asian tour by visiting Tokyo. As much as he was taken by the cultural difference between Europe and Thailand, landing in Japan was a big change for the artist. As much as he was taken with the abundance of interesting spots and walls to work on in Thai capital, the French artist realized the situation will be very different in the Japanese capital. With every inch of public place being […]

Streets: D*Face (Tokyo)

The UK-based D*Face (interviewed) is currently in Japan to promote his new book – The Art of D*Face: One Man and His Dog. To that end, he will be holding a signing event (tonight) and show at Parco Gallery X in Tokyo where he will also be releasing a Japanese flag version print (seen below).  Of course, while in town, he also took time to work on a mural (located in Shibuya). Photos via Mura. Discuss D*Face here.
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