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image image Just Passing Through: The Existential World of Saburo Murakami
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Colin Smith
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Saburo Murakami (1925-1996), a key member of the Gutai Art Association (usually known simply as Gutai), was a regular at Bar Metamorphose, a hole-in-the-wall establishment in the city of Nishinomiya between Osaka and Kobe. The proprietor, Tatsunori Sakaide, wrote an account of experiences with his philosophical and eccentric customer, Two and a Half Drops of Bitters. The title refers to the impossible instructions Murakami gave Sakaide for mixing his drink on the artist's first visit, during which he also praised the bar's layout: "You can come in through one door and go out another on the opposite side . . . a stroke of genius!" more...

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image image The Architecture of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA: Challenging Boundaries between Building and Context
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James Lambiasi
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The architecture of Kazuyo Sejima, Ryue Nishizawa, and their joint office, SANAA, has an enigmatic quality. Forms float ephemerally within everyday surroundings, creating juxtapositions between buildings and context that provoke our surprise and interest. As is evident from the long and successful career of these three collaborative offices, appreciation of their designs has grown to a global level. more...

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image image Put Me on That Mystery Train: Ichihara Art x Mix 2020+
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Alan Gleason
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"Art x Mix" may seem a curious title for the triennial art festival in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture. However, the event does boast an unusual blend of elements that serve the art it showcases very well. One is the verdant, rolling landscape of the Boso Peninsula. But even more central to the festival's identity, and perhaps the key to its success, is a tiny privately operated train line, the Kominato Railway.. more...

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Just Passing Through: The Existential World of Saburo Murakami
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