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Picks is a monthly sampling of Japan's art scene, offering commentary by a variety of reviewers about exhibitions at museums and galleries in recent weeks, with an emphasis on contemporary art by young artists.

Note: Most of Japan's museums and galleries have reopened, but conditions and anti-coronavirus precautions vary. If you are planning a visit, please check the venue's website beforehand.

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Kashiwa Sato
3 February - 10 May 2021
The National Art Center, Tokyo
(Tokyo)
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An exhaustive look at the career of designer and art director Sato (b. 1965), this show covers everything from collages he made in elementary school to life-size installations of his outdoor ads and giant logos. Sato's original style of "iconic branding" is simple and eye-catching. Though logo-centric, its ultimate purpose is to enhance the overall value of the client's brand.
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Midori Ikeda Exhibition
19 December 2020 - 21 March 2021
Hokkaido Obihiro Museum of Art
(Hokkaido)
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Ikeda (b. 1943) started out as a painter, but in recent years has been producing more conceptual installations of 3D objects. Here she presents a monumental stretch of 1-meter-long clear acrylic tubes, each filled with a curling roll of colored plastic tape on which she has stamped the dates, in unbroken sequence, of every day of her life. The colors, rainbow-like in their variation, are keyed to the different places she has lived.
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The Olympics and Shuji Terayama
3 November 2020 - 31 March 2021
Shuji Terayama Museum
(Aomori)
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Dramatist and all-around avant-garde enfant terrible Terayama (1935-83) reveled in contradictions, like those between the individual and the state, sports and artistic expression, logic and the flesh. His novel Ah, the Wasteland, depicting the lives of social misfits in the gritty entertainment quarter of Shinjuku, Tokyo, began serialization in the monthly Contemporary Eye in 1964, the year of the first Tokyo Olympics. This show examines Terayama's relationship to the Olympics through his 1964 impressions as well as the participation of his theater troupe in an arts festival at the 1972 Munich games.
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Power Line Paintings: From Kiyochika Kobayashi to Akira Yamaguchi
28 February - 18 April 2021
Nerima Art Museum
(Tokyo)
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Wires on poles -- telephone, telegraph, electric -- were admired as a symbol of Japan's rapid modernization in the Meiji years. Ukiyo-e artist Kobayashi (1847-1915) featured them prominently in his prints; painter Ryusei Kishida employed them as signs of Tokyo's growth; Gentaro Koito criss-crossed his canvases with wires emblematic of the modern city; and Kanemon Asai earned the nickname "Mr. Power-Line Landscape" for his devotion to the motif. Contemporary artist Yamaguchi carries on the tradition today.
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Out and About in the City

6 February - 6 June 2021
Watari-um
(Tokyo)
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The old Aoyama Kitamachi municipal apartment complex (since demolished) had a 20-meter-high water tower on which the Chinese artist Huang Yong Ping (1954-2019) once mounted a 5-meter-high bamboo Buddha. The Buddha was festooned with over 100 little bells that tinkled in concert when the breeze blew up on summer evenings. The occasion, Watari-um's legendary 1995 exhibition Ripple across the Water 95, is the subject of the current show. Works from the 1995 event are revisited here alongside offerings by artists working today.
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The Words for Architecture
12 December 2020 - 30 May 2021
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(Tokyo)
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Inspired, we are told, by the poet-architect Michizo Tachihara, this exhibition links architecture and literature in an exploration of houses created by architects who squarely addressed the concept of living space in their works. Poet Shuntaro Tanikawa offers a new poem about his home, Tanikawa House, designed by Kazuo Shinohara. Residences by Junzo Yoshimura, Yoshifumi Nakamura, and Fuminori Nosaku receive similar treatment from various poets and playwrights.
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Art Festa Iwate 2020
27 February - 21 March 2021
Iwate Museum of Art
(Iwate)
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In its 18th iteration this year, Art Festa Iwate introduces 100 works by area artists, both professional and amateur, who were prizewinners in last year's Iwate Arts Festival competition, as well as those recommended by jurors in 10 different genres -- Nihonga, prints, sculpture, photography and so on. Added for good measure are winners of the 2018 Iwate Art Encouragement Prize. Featured artists include Natsumi Sasaki, Eiji Hirano, Kazuo Suzuki, and Kaitaro Sasaki.
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After Dark
27 February - 11 April 2021
Sapporo Art Park
(Hokkaido)
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This show brings together 11 artists and art units of diverse genres with roots in Sapporo to explore the forms of artistic expression that emerge in the hours after sunset. In the curator's words: "When the sun sinks below the horizon and darkness creeps over the earth, night visits us all, without exception. Much of human civilization and culture is the product of our desire to surmount the loneliness and fear that assails us during those dark hours. Waking and sleeping, life and death, stars shining in the night sky and city streets illuminated by neon -- all nocturnal phenomena serve as inspirations for artistic creation."
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Kaori Oda: Moving Light - Films and Paintings

6 February - 21 March 2021

Manabia Terrace
(Yamagata)
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Recipient of the inaugural Nagisa Oshima Prize in 2020, filmmaker Oda made her feature debut with ARAGANE (2015), about a Sarajevo coal mine, and followed with Cenote (2019), which she shot in the water-filled sinkholes of the Yucatan Peninsula. Both works lyrically capture subterranean worlds where light, darkness and a myriad sounds intermingle, as well as the people who work or play there. Besides screenings of her major full-length works and an exhibition of her paintings, this show presents a short film and sketches Oda made during a sojourn last October in the Yamagata village of Okura.
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Artists and the Disaster: Imagining in the 10th Year

20 February - 9 May 2021

Art Tower Mito
(Ibaraki)
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Art Tower Mito itself was damaged in the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, and also served as a temporary evacuation site. In 2012 the museum held the exhibition Artists and the Disaster: Documentation in Progress. Now, a decade later, artists have moved on from documentation to creating works that express their personal response to the disaster. At a time when 3.11 is receding in our memories, this show introduces works that perform art's fundamental role of arousing the imagination, thereby reconnecting us with the catastrophe and conveying it to those too young to remember, as well as to generations to come.
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