On March 18th, Tomoo Gokita will be back at Tokyo’s Taka Ishii Gallery for his third solo that will include 15 new paintings. Holy Cow will be a chance for the artist to show how his work progressed in the last 5 years since his last show with the gallery. Inspired by old printed matter and photographs from American professional wrestling and Mexican pornography magazines of the 1960s and 1970s, Gokita’s visual language can be characterized as the collaged reconstruction of found images. This particular exhibition will […]
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On March 3rd, Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Motoazabu, Tokyo, opened a debut Japan solo exhibition by American artist Austin Lee. Serious Works is sort of a parody title for a show that consists of paintings and sculptures done in Lee’s colorful, naive style. For this showcase, the NYC-based artist created an extensive installation within the gallery space. His large animal mural and chess board floor pattern make an eclectic environment in which his playful and poppy imagery feels at home and well presented. His sculptural piece titled Duo, a bubble gum-like […]
Amala gallery in Tokyo will be opening this weekend a small showing by American artist Sean Norvet. High On Stress will be the first solo show outside the US for the LA-based artist for which he prepared three new paintings. Norvet has been spending the last several years creating works that primarily make him laugh, but also, comment on our modern, consumerist society. Using the classic portrait form as the base for his latest paintings, he composes his “characters” from different foods, drinks or vices. By patching up seemingly […]
On Saturday, January 14th, Brendan Monroe (interviewed) will be opening a show in Japan at Curator’s Cube. Entitled Mammatus, the new body of work includes ceramic sculptures and black and white ink drawings. While the sculptural work are more figure-based and reference the American artist’s earlier work, the drawings feature graphic shapes and movement like his more recent murals, a few of which will be painted in the Tokyo showspace. Discuss Brendan Monroe here.
Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo is currently showing their second exhibition with Chris Berens. Three years since his debut with the gallery (covered) that was captured in the Chris Berens – Master of his Magical Universe documentary, the Dutch artist has created Moonrise, whole new body of work. Once again rendering the residents of his artistic world, both human and animals, the paintings are inspired by real people, fairy tales and fantasy. 15 new works on view are smaller scale pieces in same format, ranging from 23×26 cm to 50×56 cm and quite […]
On October 14th, Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo will be hosting a new solo from Chris Berens entitled Moonrise. The Dutch artist’s work, influenced by manga & anime, has always appealed to his Japanese fans due to the surreal imagery like it was taken from the latest Final Fantasy montage. Add to that Berens’ special technique of painting on and collaging multiple pieces of photograph paper which lends almost a digital appearance to the pieces and you can see the commonality with local culture that develops. Discuss Chris […]
On October 15th, Mark Ryden (interviewed) will be opening a show at Hidari Zingaro, the gallery of Takashi Murakami who has been a long time fan of his work. Diversiform will only be an exhibition of rare editions from the veteran of the lowbrow movement, but will give fans in Tokyo a rare opportunity to see his imagery in person. The exhibition will run through the 1st of November. Discuss Mark Ryden here.
Provocative graffiti artist Kidult recently held a 48 hour pop show in Tokyo entitled Visual Rape. The French artist who made his name tagging his moniker on the storefront of famous fashion brands, particularly those who use graffiti commercially, made sure to include a reference to his notoriety with sculptures (two editions) of Chanel’s tagged facade in the exhibition. Rounding out the eclectic exhibition were mixed media works, installations, sculptures, and some videos documenting his work on the streets. Photo credit: Arthur Bray/Hypebeast. Discuss Kidult here.
Tonight (September 9th) in Tokyo, Atsuko Goto will be opening a new solo show at Lower Akihabara. Entitled An Empty Idol, the exhibition includes ethereal mix-media paintings from the locally-based artist featuring her signatures portraiture which draws inspiration from the Shinto religion. The subjects of the Japanese artist’s imagery are in tune with nature with birds, butterflies, flora, and animals nesting and interacting with their hair and faces. Discuss Atsuko Goto here.
The nasty one, Neck Face (interviewed), recently released a new line of clothing with Guilty Parties of Japan featuring his provocative imagery. Ranging from t-shirts, jackets, hoodies, to Hawaiian shirts, all the different designs can be seen at a special release party coming up in Tokyo on September 9th. Take a look at more examples of the collaboration below… Discuss Neck Face here.