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Monday, September 20th, 2010

Fun with AIKO in Shanghai

(All images via Aiko Nakagawa)

New York based artist Aiko Nakagawa has sent along images of her new solo exhibit in Shanghai, China. The show is the culmination of a month long artist residency with Andrew James Art in cooperation with JIA Hotel Shanghai, who provide participating artists with free lodging and studio space. This is Aiko’s first solo exhibit since her NY show with Joshua Liner Gallery last year.

AIKO – Here’s Fun for Everyone
Sept 10 – 31
Andrew James Art
39 N. Maoming Rd.
Shanghai, China 200041

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Friday, June 18th, 2010

Murakami to Exhibit in Qatar

(Image: Getty Images)

Reporting from Art Basel, the Art Newspaper says dealer Emmanuel Perrotin has revealed that a Takashi Murakami exhibition in Qatar is in the works for 2012, and will be more substantial than the show set to open at the Palace of Versailles this coming September.

Though Perrotin promises the Qatar show to be “a new concept and much broader,” we wonder just how much further it will go. Both exhibits are partly funded by the Qatar Museums Authority, largely an extension of the nation’s royal family (who were among the VIP visitors to Art Basel this week along with QMA director Roger Mandle). Considering the mixed civil and Islamic law code of the Arab emirate, don’t be surprised with a fairly reserved display showcasing the tamer side of Murakami, perhaps heavier on his smiling flowers and DOB characters, with less of the questionable body fluids.

Murakami tours his 2008 exhibit at MOCA Los Angeles. (Video via MOCA LA)

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Ai Yamaguchi at Mizuma Art, Tokyo

Ai Yamaguchi opens Kiyu, a solo installation of new works at Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo (Ichigaya Tamachi location), this Wednesday, Feb. 10. Here, we present images from her installation with the gallery during the 2009 Art Fair Tokyo.

(All Images © Ninyu Works)

Ai Yamaguchi – Kiyu
Feb. 10 – March 10
Mizuma Art Gallery
2F Kagura Bldg., 3-13
Ichigayatamachi Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 162-0843

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Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Tomokazu Matsuyama at Frey Norris, San Francisco

(All Images via Frey Norris Gallery)

Around the turn of the century 20th century, the U.S. embarked down a road of increasingly restrictive immigration policies, including the Chinese Exclusion (1882) and Emergency Quota Acts (1921, 1924). Such foreign policy effectively stifled the influx of immigrants, while appeasing growing nativist concerns. Included here was the Gentleman’s Agreement (1907), a mutual arrangement whereby the U.S. would not extend such restrictions to Japan, as long as the island empire agreed to cut off all further emigration to the U.S.  And while the goal was partly to cool relations between the two nations, competing imperialistic hungers eventually reignited tensions that sparked the Pacific front of the Second World War. By 1942 FDR had signed Executive Order 9066, forcibly relocating over 100,000 Japanese-Americans to internment camps. It was only in 1988 that the federal government acknowledged the prejudice of its past policy, paying over $1.5 billion in reparations.

With In Case You’re Lost, Tomokazu Matsuyama not only works towards reconciling the cultural tensions of his own Japanese-American identity, but addresses larger issues of nationalism and global relations. Here is a complex mix of autobiographical and socio-political commentary.

Surrounded by new paintings are the show’s centerpieces – two large-scale sculptures that contemplate notions of cultural heritage and nationalism, flip-flopping symbols of American and Asian identity. Wherever I Am, a life-size reworking of Frederick Remington’s Bronco Buster, recasts the famed late 19th century American sculpture with a Japanese-pop sensibility, replacing the iconic cowboy rider with a Playmobil character. Chogen, based off the original 13th century Japanese treasure,  substitutes the praying monk’s prayer beads for beer cans and cigarette butts, and his original meditative state, for a glazed-over drunken one.

Speaking of the new sculpture, Matsu notes, “I wanted to keep that rigourous, very expressionistic feature but flip to an American context, so what I did was I made him an alchoholic – like a drunk man in a sports bar…From a distance, he looks somewhat fanatic like its original. Close up, you’ll see his eye focus is gone and he’s just drunk. The eyes are actual glass eyes, made of gold leaf inside with the addition of my painting color scheme of neon pink and dark brown. The sculpture looks aged and few centuries old but the material used to paint it looks like 70s auto paint…[colliding] aged with the contemporary art material.”

Tomokazu Matsuyama – In Case You’re Lost
Frey Norris Gallery
56 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


Thursday, November 19th, 2009

New Day Rising :: Sashie Masakatsu at Mizuma, Tokyo

Moon, 102 x 76 inches, 2009.

Sashie Masakatsu creates visions of a post apocalyptic future, where fallen Japanese civilization reemerges in imposing orbs of cultural detritus, hovering above decayed and desolate urban landscapes. We were first clued in to his paintings when some small works were displayed at Giant Robot 2, Los Angeles as part of their 2007 Gesai exhibit. At last year’s PULSE Fair Miami, we watched as several of our TAC members frantically snatched up all available pieces on view with Mizuma Gallery.  On Nov. 28 the Tokyo based gallery launches “De Facto Standard,” a solo exhibit of new paintings, including those previewed here.  – Click images for detailed views.

See our previous news on Sashie’s recent 20th Century Boy T-Rex inspired exhibit here.

Monster, 2009, 76 x 64 inches.

Mushroom, 13 x 10 inches, 2009

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Twentieth Century Boy :: A new exhibit by Sashie Masakatsu celebrates T.Rex, supports arts school in Sierra Leone.

Masakatsu Sashie – Born to Boogie, oil on canvas. (Image courtesy of the artist)

It’s been nearly 40 years since Marc Bolan and his band released their first album under the T.Rex moniker. Next week, a new one-night exhibition will celebrate the late pioneer of glam-rock’s 62nd birthday, while raising funds to continue his legacy with a new school of arts in Sierra Leone, South Africa.

Taking place Sept. 30th, Twentieth Century Boy will unveil new T.Rex inspired paintings, created by Japanese artist Sashie Masakatsu . As a long-time fan, he has incorporated images of Marc Bolan into his signature culture-dense hovering orbs. A portion of sales will support Light of Love Foundation’s (founded by Bolan’s son Rolan and his mother, Gloria Jones) mission to build the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film in Sierra Leone.

The event is curated by Darren “Dr.” Romanelli and Giant Robot founder, Eric Nakamura, who presented Sashie’s first U.S. exhibit in 2006. Sashie won a Scout Award at the tenth annual edition of Kaikai Kiki/Murakami’s GEISAI fair, and is represented by Mizuma Art Gallery in Tokyo. The gallery quickly sold out all available paintings by the artist during last year’s PULSE Miami Art Fair.

We interviewed Rolan Bolan to find out more about  Light of Love Foundation and the upcoming event. Read on for more. Read the rest of this entry »


Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Sacred Monsters at Tufts University, MA



Just in from our friend Tomokazu Matsuyama, are these images from Tufts University Art Gallery’s current exhibition, Sacred Monsters: Everyday Animism in Contemporary Japanese Art and Anime. Matzu appears in the eight-artist exhibit along with Chiho Aoshima, Nobuhiro Ishihara, Kenjiro Kitade, Mahomi Kunikata, Mr., Oscar Oiwa, and TOKYO KAMEN. For more info, see our previous report.

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Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Zevz Hit with $870,000 Fine

Video: SCMP

After being arrested and detained in Hong Kong last month for unlawfully applying one of his signature liquidated Chanel logos to the exterior of an Armani boutique, French artist Zevz (that’s “Zeus”), whose real name is Christophe Shwarz, has been fined a punitive $870,000 US (HK$6,746,000). While authorities have been quite harsh in their judgement, the artist’s Liquidated Logos exhibit is still on view and runs till September 30 at Art Statements Gallery. If you were ever thinking of purchasing one of his works, now’s probably a good time to support.

Info: Artnet

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Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Echigo-Tsumari’s Rural Wonderland


The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial opened last week across the rural landscape of Niigata prefecture in central Japan, approximately two hours from Tokyo. The fourth edition of the festival, which began ten years ago, brings together more than 350 works of art, scattered over 470+ miles of communities, rice fields, vacant houses and closed schools. While most of the participating artists are native to Japan, many other nations are represented, spanning Asia, Europe, North and South America, Africa and Australia. In addition to the hundreds of artworks, several special events and performances are scheduled throughout the run of the festival, and as the Guardian’s Danielle Demetriou notes, the world’s largest outdoor art festival has played an important role in revitalizing an otherwise isolated, depopulated region.

The festival runs through September 13. Visitor and travel information can be found here.

Read on for a selection of  ETAT installations, including works by Antony Gormley, Cai Guo Qiang, Christian Boltanski+Jean Kalma, and Stasys + Kolodziejski. Read the rest of this entry »

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Monday, July 20th, 2009

Zevs HK Arrest Update

Image: Art Statements Gallery

Our friends over at Wooster Collective clued us in to a South China Morning Post video news report (below) concerning the arrest of French artist Zevs in Hong Kong last week, after he and two others decorated the exterior of an Armani store with a signature liquidated Chanel logo. Upon further investigation, we report that SCMP now confirms Zevs’ has pleaded guilty and is out on $HK500 bail. More critical is news that his passport is being held until the case is called to court next month, possibly causing the cancellation of a project planned for New York. Zevs’ Liquidated Logos exhibit at Hong Kong based Art Statements Gallery is still running smoothly and continues through Sept 30.

Video: SCMP

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