美術 Art | Now 現代
a look at Japanese art since 1945

Fri, 14th of March

Kota Nishiura. "My name is…", 2013.

Currently on display at Nanatsu Gallery in Tokyo, Nishiura’s series is made with kneaded erasers on styrofoam.

kota nishiura   art   cats   mixed media   contemporary art   西浦康太   with 3 notes
Wed, 26th of February

Nobuo SekineOkukuji ikoi no mori (Forest of Okukuji), 1979. White granite, stainless steel, lightning arrester. 

Sekine was a leading member of the Mono-Ha group, active from the late 1960s through the early 1970s. Sekine’s use of metal and stone in natural environments attempted to integrate the natural and the industrial.

nobuo sekine   mono-ha   japanese art   scultpure   installation   with 5 notes
Sat, 25th of January

Tomoko Yoneda (1965- ). Scene series, C-type prints, 2000-2004.

From top:
1. Seascape - Location where Dr. Mengele drowned, Bertioga, Brazil
2. Path - Path to the cliff where Japanese committed suicide after the American landing of WWII, Saipan, Japan
3. Field - Location of the front line in Battle of Somme, Albert, France
4. Sniper View - View from Serbian sniper position overlooking the town of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
5. Beach - Location of the D-Day Normandy Landing, Sword Beach, France

Yoneda, currently based in London, says, “History is not only apparent in tangible monuments or buildings, but also expresses itself impassively in various intangible ways. History surrounds us, in the blue sky, the blue sea, the woods, the fields and the city streets; it is already engraved upon the strata of landscape where we are born but it appears quiescent and disconnected from our thoughts…The comparison of the past with the present will lead us to renewal and hope.”


tomoko yoneda   history   photography   art   japanese artists   long post   with 2 notes
Wed, 15th of January

Kohei Nawa (1975- ). Foam, 2013. 

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Nawa stated, “Maybe there was a time when artists benefited from, or used Japanese stereotypes in their work…But I think my generation no longer feels the need to identify with, or try to represent, Japan.”

Thu, 21st of November

Maio Motoko (1948- ). Hope (Side X, Side Y), 2011. 121x122cm each. 

Maio believes that screens are “the material embodiment of Japanese culture,” due to their variable shape and the way they reflect light differently depending their placement and the time of day. This piece was created in the aftermath of the 3/11 earthquake. 

maio motoko   contemporary art   art   screens   Japan   with 2 notes
Wed, 6th of November

Aiko Miyanaga (1974- ). yui (ties), 2010. Salt collected from the Horikawa river, threads, naphthalene, dissolving paper, rowing boat, buckets, mail boxes.

Miyanaga uses napthalene, which slowly dissolves when it comes in contact with the air, to express ephemerality and the passage of time. She says, “I want to create not the eternal, but the unforgettable.” 

aiko myanaga   art   japan   installation   contemporary art   with 23 notes
Tue, 29th of October

Yumi Karasumaru. Tokyo Landscapes No. 7-9, 2010. 

Karasumaru writes:

My work is a profound statement of affection for my country, in painting and performance, which also contains anxiety about the future. […] I have created a variety of geographical and anthropological “landscapes” based on my own view and sensitivity. For example in the young districts like Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara, I have seen thousands of people meeting, falling in love, hating each other, looking at each other, gathering, arguing, an almost 360° encounter of emotions. A kind of spider web.

yumi karasumaru   art   japan   contemporary art   tokyo   with 11 notes
Tue, 29th of October


Masao Yamamoto(Japanese, b.1957)


gelatin silver print

gelatin silver process is always so good.

more on Yamamoto’s website.

masao yamamoto   reblog   with 93 notes
Wed, 23rd of October

Mariko Mori (1967- ). Tom Na H’iu II, 2006. 

Though Mori was renowned for her pop art in the 90’s, she has more recently begun delving into Jōmon and Celtic traditions- with their reverence for nature- for inspiration. This sculpture of stainless steel, glass, and LED lights is permanently installed on Teshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. 

mariko mori   sculpture   contemporary art   japan   nature   with 15 notes
Fri, 18th of October

Masashi Asada (1979-). Asada Family, 2008. 

In this award-winning series, Asada plays with the idea of the traditional family photo by dressing up with his family members and posing in various and often bizarre situations. The results are, frankly, adorable. Be sure to check out more of this series and others on Asada’s website

masashi asada   japan   photography   art   japanese art   with 1 note
Wed, 16th of October

Yuken Teruya (1973-). Minding My Own Business, 2011.

Born in Okinawa and currently residing in New York, Teruya was in a residency program in Japan on March 11th, the day of the Great East Japan Earthquake and its accompanying disasters. In response, he used newspaper articles covering the tragedy to create a field of flowers, symbolizing hope for new beginnings in the Tōhoku region. 

yuken teruya   japan   contemporary art   march 11   art   with 8 notes
Tue, 15th of October

Yuken Teruya (1973- ). Heroes series/ Geronimo, 2011.

In his Heroes series, Yuken Teruya uses bingata, the traditional Okinawan method of fabric dyeing, to create colorful portraits of (sometimes controversial) famous figures, including Ultraman, Emperor Hirohito, and President Barack Obama. Here he depicts Geronimo, warrior and leader of the Bedonkohe Apache. 

Happy Indigenous People’s Day!

Tue, 8th of October


Monday’s Curator 126

Chiharu Shiota 塩田千春 (b.1972, Japan)

Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese installation artist born in Osaka, living and working in Berlin since 1996. Shiota’s oeuvre contains various art performances and installations, in which she uses various everyday objects such as beds, windows, dresses, shoes and suitcases. She explores the relationships between past and present, living and dying, and memories of people implanted into objects. To these she adds intricate, web-like threads of black and red. Our sincere thanks to arpeggia for being Artchipel Monday’s Curator.

[more Chiharu Shiota 塩田千春 | with Monday’s Curator arpeggia]

Chiharu Shiota is one of my favorites! She just finished up an exhibiton in Kochi-shi, my home away from home. 

chiharu shiota   reblog   with 1,428 notes
Tue, 8th of October

Hiroshi Hamaya (1915-1999). Children Singing in a Snow Cave, Niigata Prefecture, 1956. 

Hamaya reacted to the intense turmoil and rapid growth of 1940s and 1950s Japan by documenting various elements of quiet rural life. His work was recently compared with Kansuke Yamamoto’s surrealism at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. 

hiroshi hamaya   japan   photography   japanese kids   the getty   with 7 notes
Sat, 5th of October

Yasumasa Morimura (1951- ). A Requiem: Theater of Creativity/ Self Portrait as Yves Klein, 2010.  

Morimura’s appropriation of iconic imagery into elaborate self-portraits often addresses Japan’s complicated relationship with Western culture. Here, he takes on Yves Klein’s Le Saut dans la vide.