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image image Through a Lens Sharply: Six Women Photographers at Shiseido Gallery
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Jennifer Pastore
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The cosmetics brand Shiseido has long been an advocate of artists with rising stars. The current show at its Ginza gallery, Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi, Tokuko Ushioda, Mari Katayama, Maiko Haruki, Mayumi Hosokura, and Your Perspectives, features up-and-coming photographers. Anneke Hymmen & Kumi Hiroi work as a pair reconstructing the language and imagery of advertising; Tokuko Ushioda photographs books and their environments; Mari Katayama, co-winner of the most recent Kimura Ihei Award, takes self-portraits with her prostheses and hand-sewn objects; Maiko Haruki questions what it means to "see" in obscurely framed, over- and under-exposed shots; Mayumi Hosokura explores notions of boundaries and the body. What the works all share is a sharpness of ideas and techniques. more...

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image image Hiroshi Yoshida: Scaling the Heights of Expression
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J.M. Hammond
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Few artists in Japan -- at least not until recent decades -- have so thoroughly blurred the distinction between Japanese-style and Western-style art as Hiroshi Yoshida, who worked from the Meiji through to the Showa era. At the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, a new exhibition of Yoshida's works, mainly woodblock prints and watercolors, explores his legacy and his unique approach to his art. Yoshida Hiroshi: Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of His Death puts together close to 200 items spanning his entire career. more...

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image image Giving Art a Listen at Arts Maebashi
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Alan Gleason
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A museum may not be the ideal environment for a show as listening-centered as this one is. That said, Arts Maebashi has demonstrated admirable courage in trying to pull it off at all. Listening: Resonant Worlds (up until 21 March) offers a frustrating but ultimately worthwhile experience -- frustrating because it consists entirely of multimedia installations that, if viewed and heard in full, would take a day to absorb; worthwhile because the content is both challenging and affecting. more...

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Through a Lens Sharply: Six Women Photographers at Shiseido Gallery
Jennifer Pastore
1 March 2021
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Hiroshi Yoshida: Scaling the Heights of Expression
J.M. Hammond
1 March 2021
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Giving Art a Listen at Arts Maebashi
Alan Gleason
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