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Recap: Kidult – “Visual Rape” Pop Up Show (Tokyo)

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.

Upcoming: Atsuko Goto – “An Empty Idol” @ Lower Akihabara

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.

Releases: Neck Face x Guilty Parties Apparel Collection

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.

Upcoming: Madsaki – “HICKORY DICKORY DOCK” @ Hidari Zingaro

On August 27th, Madsaki will be opening a show entitled HICKORY DICKORY DOCK at Hidari Zingaro in Tokyo. Along with his signature works that feature portraits of people that have their faces replaced with drippy smiley faces, the Osaki-born writer will also be presenting his own remix on the iconic flower paintings from the owner of the gallery – Takashi Murakami.

Showing: “Mojiten 1” @ HHH gallery

Tokyo based HHH gallery is continuing its efforts to bring the freshest, cutting edge art to the bustling Japanese capital. On July 2nd, they opened a group exhibition entitled Mojiten 1, featuring works by calligraphy artists from around the globe including Big Sleeps, Cryptik, Defer, 
Mayonaize, Pitc & Usugrow. Showing works by artists from such places as US, Australia, Japan or Peru, the idea was that languages and letters around the world are a reflection of regional characteristics and history of people who live there. Through their work, these calligraphy artists create […]

Recap: Daniel Arsham – “My First Show in Japan, Year 2044” @ Nanzuka

Daniel Arsham currently has on display his first solo presentation in Japan at Nanzuka Gallery in Tokyo, also his second in Asia following his show at Galerie Perrotin in Hong Kong last autumn (covered). Titled My First Show in Japan, Year 2044, the exhibition introduces his signature concept of “Fictional Archaeology” to local art lovers. Capturing the future from an archaeological perspective, his haunting pieces allow viewers to imagine the possibility of various everyday objects becoming artifacts of the future – from technical gadgets such as cameras, players, phones to “fossilized” humans themselves. […]

Preview: Meguru Yamaguchi – “Unknown Scorcher” @ HHH Gallery

After a six month break, HHH gallery in Tokyo will be opening its doors again on the 21st of March. Coinciding with the start of the local sakura season, their first show in 2016 will be Unknown Scorcher, an exhibition from Meguru Yamaguchi (featured). This will be the first solo for the NY-based Japanese artist in which he will be presenting a new set of works – Out Of Bound. After breaking through the borders of a canvas and classic painting formats with previous works, the new series takes this concept even further. Showing […]

Upcoming: 2nd Annual “Ema Show” @ Hatos Bar (Tokyo)

Starting on February 13th, a show organized by Hellion Gallery will be showing in Tokyo at the Hatos Bar. It’s appropriate that the 2nd annual Ema Show will start in Japan as the concept was to have artists paint the small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshipers write their prayers or wishes. Each participant was given three of the Ema plaques, so there will be two more left for future shows at Hellion’s Portland space (April  7th) and Galerie Artistik Rezo in Paris (June 21st). The […]

Openings: Hajime Sorayama @ NANZUKA Gallery

Last weekend in Tokyo, renowned creator of the “sexy robot” Hajime Sorayama opened a solo show at NANZUKA Gallery. Along with a couple sculptural representations of his erotic automatons, the Japanese artist also introduced a new series of works inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her famous quote – “An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine.” Take a look at more photos from the exhibition below… Artwork: ©Hajime Sorayama (courtesy of NANZUKA). Photo credit: Intelligence & NANZUKA (installation shots). Discuss Hajime Sorayama here.

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

Currently at the Mori Art Museum is Takashi Murakami’s The 500 Arhats, surprisingly his first solo show in Japan in over 14 years when it opened. Fans of the locally-based artist in Tokyo have been spoiled as of late as they were able to enjoy a concurrent show at Kaikai Kiki that closed late last year, but have no fear – the museum exhibition is open through March 6th. The major showing from founder of the Superflat movement features a series of sculptures and paintings that he was moved to create after […]