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A Week in Tokyo (1)

2009年7月4日


A week in Tokyo in June is precious time if, like me, you live in some obscure part of Northern Europe. I am not in LA this year, so Japan is that much further away. Last week's mad dash around T-town was just what I needed to get me moving on the book(s) I am promising to write this summer.

I caught openings at SCAI, Tomio Koyama, and Yamamoto Gendai; did talks at Sophia University, Akita COCOLAB, and GEIDAI; a couple of interviews, including the redoubtable Fram Kitagawa at ARTFRONT; and saw a host of other things, including a stunning new installation by Chiharu Shiota at Kenji Taki,



Kohei Nawa at Hermes, and Kosuke Ichikawa's sold out insense works at PLSMIS. Oh, and ate some fugu for the first time (in Kita Senju).

Best of all was the chance to catch up a little with friends and artworld folks around town, however brief. Its a good job people are tolerant of my coming and going: trying to convince everyone you are around (at least in spirit), and following what's going on, even if you can only manage to be there a few days a year. I know I'm on a quixotic mission: to tell the world from afar how and why artworld Tokyo is the most interesting place on the planet, even while everyone there is dreaming of such overrated places as Venice, Basel, London, New York etc etc.

I had to take in the two big "sampler" shows, of course: Midori Matsui's 'Winter Garden' at Hara; and the Takahashi collection 'Neoteny' at Ueno Royal. My reviews to follow...

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