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Yasumasa Morimura interview on ArtNet

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Yasumasa Morimura prepares for his performance at Shugoarts on Nov 11, 2006. Photo by David Noble.

"Season of Passion: Interview with Yasumasa Morimura" is up on ArtNet magazine.

It was a rare opportunity to witness the artist Yasumasa Morimura transforming himself into a work of art. At the opening of his show at Shugoarts on Nov. 11, 2006, titled "Season of Passion/A Requiem: Chapter I," Morimura showed up in a plain black sweatsuit, and talked in his typically gentle tone for 10 minutes about his new series to an attentive, overflow audience.

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Edo Art Revealed: Ukiyoe in Boston

(this article first appeared in the october 23, 2006 issue of newsweek international)

Works Long Stored in Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Reach Tokyo

Though it happened a decade ago, Masato Naito vividly remembers the moment of discovery. He and fellow art scholars were studying old Japanese paintings in a research room at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Unfolding a piece of old fabric, they glimpsed a rare cotton banner bearing the portrait of Zhong Kui, the Demon Queller, the legendary Chinese figure believed to ward off evil. The piece was quickly confirmed to be the only existing banner handpainted by the renowned Edo artist Katsushika Hokusai. "We were so excited," recalls Naito, the chief curator of Tokyo's Idemitsu Museum of Arts. That wasn't the only surprise they found while studying more than 700 ukiyo-e paintings collected by a 19th-century Boston surgeon named William Bigelow, which had never been thoroughly examined before. "We didn't know of the existence of 90 percent of them," says Naito. "Those were the happiest days of my career."

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Regional Roundup Tokyo is up at ARTINFO

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"A. 2005" (2005)
Futo Akiyoshi Courtesy of Taro Nasu Tokyo


Regional Roundup - Tokyo is up at ARTINFO. Go to http://www.artinfo.com/News/Article.aspx?a=22611.

Shows mentioned are: Miyako Ishiuchi's "mother's" at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Leiko Ikemura's "Pacific" at Shugoarts; Yosuke Amemiya at Yuka Sasahara and Futo Akiyoshi at Taro Nasu.

New Book by Chikako Atsuta

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Here it is, "Living with the Internet on the East Coast," by my good friend, the late Chikako Atsuta.

Buy the book at:
http://www.shinpusha.co.jp/cgi-bin/php2/data_more.php?more=4-289-00133-5&select=&mode2=mbook
http://item.rakuten.co.jp/book/4105501/
http://www.bk1.co.jp/product/2703022
http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4289001335/ref=sr_11_1/250-2834863-6466606?ie=UTF8

Or you can find her writings (both in Japanese and English) at:
http://chikako-atsuta.net/


She left us on August 20, 2004. Her legacy lives on.

Joey Sr. likes Asian girls... but we don't like him

Last year I saw an episode of "Joey," the "Friends" spin off, in which Joey the actor is excited that he'll be interviewed by People magazine. He says to his agent: "Wow, People magazine. My mom is gonna be so excited. If you just get me into Playboy with an Asian on the cover, my dad can read about me too!" (Episode title: Joey and the Valentine's Date).

Then last night, I saw (and you wonder why I would still watch this show) another episode, "Joey and the Dad." His friend Alex is upset with Joey's father, who's visiting from New York.

Joey wonders why she's unhappy (yes, Alex is a she -- an attractive woman), and says: "I get it; you are insulted because he didn't make a pass at you. All right, well, if you want him to, just throw on a geisha outfit; he's got this Asian thing."

And a big laugh. I just don't get this... how is this funny? Somebody said this is a way to portray his dad as pathetic, ignorant and insensitive. On whose expense?

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