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Maru Biru Art Event

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Over the next few days I’ll be posting pics from the Maru Biru (Marunouchi Building) art event of a couple of weeks ago. It might be still on, but I’m not sure.

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Ide Akico

chikagoro7Have a look at the site of artist Ide Akico. Link via Paul.

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Ogino Ryuchi

Artist Ogino Ryuchi has some nice illustrative work at his site OGI Graphics. Link via Design is Kinky.

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Geisai

Something else I’ll have to miss this weekend: Geisai 6. From Momus’ Click Opera:

Geisai 6 opens on Sunday. Geisai is Tokyo’s biggest annual fair of new art from emerging talents. It was started by Takashi Murakami in 2002, and I attended the very first one. I’m looking forward to spending Sunday at this one, subtitled ‘Xtreme Art’. It’s opening on September 12th, running from 10am to 6pm at Tokyo Big Sight, a showspace on Odaiba which you can reach by taking the Yamanote line to Shimbashi station then switching to the monorail that crosses the bay.

Update: Read Momus’ report on the show, including lots of pics and a short video.

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I still haven’t had a chance to check out the Claska hotel (with their Sign produced cafe/lounge on the first floor), but this might get me there (although financially, I’m pretty limited in my outings for the next few weeks).

This September it has been one year since the aged Hotel New Meguro was renovated and opened as a designer hotel under the name “Claska”. The gallery on the 2nd floor is now showing a limited 9-day exhibition that was produced by SCAI The Bathhouse. Participating artists include SCAI affiliates Julian Opie, Saiki Katsuhiro, Miyajima Tatsuo and Nawa Kohei, and as an event that displays their works all at once this is a great opportunity. Displayed in the spacious gallery of 232 square meters are small- and mid-sized works, in a tastefully clear arrangement that matches the hotel’s overall image. SCAI’s gallery in Yanaka is nice, of course, but to try and find new customers in a stylish hotel in Meguro is certainly not a bad idea. (REALTOKYO)

Here are links to SCAI The Bathhouse, and the Claska hotel (although the links at that site aren’t working for me). The show lasts until September 4.

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Aqui Uzumaki 2

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Another shot from the Aqui Uzumaki show.

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Aqui Uzumaki

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The Aqui Uzumaki art show at the Hanna gallery in Ginza.

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Kawai Misaki

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Kawai Misaki is an artist based in New York (according to the address on her site at least) who makes very colorful childlike drawings and sculptures. Definitely fun stuff. She has two upcoming shows in October: in London and NY (more info here). Link via Design is Kinky.

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Kosaka Jun

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REALTOKYO art director Kosaka Jun has an upcoming solo exhibition called “Dot,” and it looks like quite interesting.

REALTOKYO art director Kosaka Jun shows his works in a solo exhibition. Coming originally from architecture, his regular vocation is — very much like a contemporary creator — graphic and web design, showcased at this exhibition in a variety of two- and three-dimensional, as well as interactive and other pieces. Kosaka’s radical ideas work out surprisingly well in his works considering the rational and logical structures that first seem conflicting with the artist’s overabundant imagination, almost bordering on vagary. Spiced up with references that hint at an awareness of actuality, the works on display come across disquieting and complex, yet dipped in an ironical type of humor that gives them at once a strangely comforting effect. Kosaka appears also in a talk show.

It takes place at Foo in Roppongi (a place I’ve never been to), and lasts until September 18.

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Kitty Ex.

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Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of Hello Kitty, or as Momus refers to her, that “silly milquetoast beast.”

Contemporary art works featuring popular feline character “Hello Kitty” were shown to the press Friday in Tokyo before the official opening Saturday of an exhibition commemorating the 30th anniversary of the cat brand.

More than 100 Japanese and overseas artists, designers and musicians provided a variety of Hello Kitty works including pictures, visual images, installation and print art to the exhibition “Kitty Ex.,” which will be held until late August in two venues in Tokyo; Roppongi Hills complex and Laforet Harajuku building. (Kyodo News)

Official site for the exhibition.

Update: An article from THE DAILY YOMIURI.