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Upcoming: Hajime Sorayama – “Sorayama Explosion” @ NANZUKA

On July 7th, NANZUKA in Tokyo will be hosting the opening of a new solo show from Hajime Sorayama. Entitled Sorayama Explosion, the exhibition will feature paintings as well as a new human-scale sculpture from the Japanese artist known for his “sexy robot” motif. Also available will be a few held back Sorayama Classic Robot SURF sculptural editions from APPortfolio (seen further below) and a new ceramic sculpture edition from Case Studyo entitled A Touch of Mercury (seen directly below). Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.

Openings: Tomoo Gokita – “Peekaboo” @ Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Last night, the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery presented a comprehensive new show from Tomoo Gokita entitled Peekabo. Featuring various-sized pieces made since 2000 as well as 10 all new paintings, the exhibition provided a nice overview of the Japanese artist’s recent work including surreal paintings with oftentimes obscured faces, some family-style portraits, as well as a large-scale installation, which incorporates over 800 small drawings. Oftentimes created thru referencing a collaged assortment of found images, the pieces feature his signature monochromatic palette, a mastery of various gradients and […]

Previews: James Jean – “Azimuth” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

After an earlier peek at the exquisite stain glass works for James Jean’s (interviewed) solo opening tomorrow night (April 6th) in Tokyo at Kaikai Kiki Gallery, here are some more tantalizing looks at the new body of work entitled Azimuth. Seen above is one of the pieces from the show, Schrödinger’s Kitten Rescue, which will also be offered in a corresponding print release tomorrow. Also check out the video below from the gallery owner Takashi Murakami as he reveals more pieces already installed on the walls. Images via @kurmanix & the […]

Openings: KAWS @ Galerie Perrotin (Tokyo)

Last night, AM stopped by the Tokyo branch of Galerie Perrotin to catch the opening of KAWS’ solo show, his first of two in Asia with Hong Kong coming up. Attended by his Japanese admirers (some from his Original-Fake days), international superfans, and the usual cast of locally-based artist friends, the opening showcased the Brooklyn-based artist’s newest pop culture character-based abstractions including a sweet Snoopy airplane shaped painting.Take a look at more photos from the opening reception below… Discuss this show here. Discuss KAWS here.

Upcoming: KAWS @ Galerie Perrotin (Hong Kong & Tokyo)

Coming up at the end of March, KAWS will be opening two show at the Hong Kong (March 26th) and Tokyo (March 22) locations of Galerie Perrotin. The Brooklyn-based artist’s latest solo in the vibrant metropolis of southeastern China will coincide with the opening of Art Basel Hong Kong and mark his return after he was the gallery’s first artist at this branch in 2012 (covered) and after his sculpture project in 2014 (covered). And, his exhibition in Japan will give his fans in Japan, who grew […]

Upcoming: James Jean – “Azimuth” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On April 6th, James Jean (interviewed) will be opening a new show in Tokyo at Kaikai Kiki Gallery. Continuing to work with Takashi Murakami to present his work to Japanese collectors (see 2015), the American artist has prepared a series of new works collectively entitled Azimuth. One of the highlights will certainly be some new stained glass works (the triptych Portals seen here) that Jean recently revealed last weekend. Photo credit: Brandon Shigeta and the artist. Discuss James Jean here.

Upcoming: Yoshitomo Nara – “Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 Years” @ Kaikai Kiki Gallery

On February 9th, Yoshitomo Nara will be opening a show at Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo. Entitled Drawings: 1988-2018 Last 30 Years, the exhibition looks to be a retrospective of the Japanese artist’s drawings as well as the beginning of the gallery’s representation of Nara seeing as they will also be hosting a solo booth of his work at Art Basel Hong Kong in March. Discuss Yoshitomo Nara here.

Showing: Mike Lee – “Happier Together”

Up until 23rd of December, Amala Gallery in Tokyo will be showing the first international show by Mike Lee. The works on view were painted exclusively for this exhibition and are meant to be representations of his positive outlook on everyday life. After successful solo shows in LA and Portland earleir this year, the NY-based artist focused on producing a small body of work for his Japan debut show, Happier Together. Taking the local love and appreciation of cartoon and manga culture as a starting point, Lee […]

Previews: Mike Lee – “Happier Together” @ Amala Gallery

Amala Gallery in Tokyo is wrapping up this year with the first international solo show by Mike Lee. After two successful solo shows earlier this year, the NY-based artist painted a small series of new oils titled Happier Together. Over the last couple of years, Lee has been developing recognizable visual language that is strongly influenced by his professional career as the digital media professional. After working mostly with pencils and creating detailed images that portrayed peculiar spaces and characters interacting with them, he recently […]

Showing: Yoshitomo Nara – “For Better Or Worse” @ Toyota Municipal Museum of Art

Showing through this weekend at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art is a retrospective of Yoshitomo Nara’s career spanning 30 years. Entitled For Better Or Worse, the exhibition includes wide range of work including installations, paintings, sculptures, and drawings. As stated by the museum – “‘For better or for worse’ is a wedding vow: a lifetime commitment from one person to another. This exhibition is Nara’s promise to his works—they are his past, his present, and his future. They are his destiny.” Photo credit: Keizo Kioku (via Hypebeast). Discuss Yoshitomo […]
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