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    • A Star Is Reborn: Mariko Mori Expands Through Inner And Outer Space
      Art

      A Star Is Reborn: Mariko Mori Expands Through Inner And Outer Space

      A divergence from her work of centuries past (well, the '90s), Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori brings the focus on nature, conveying both its power and serenity.

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    • The Genius of Japanese Lacquer: Masterworks by Shibata Zeshin
      Art

      The Genius of Japanese Lacquer: Masterworks by Shibata Zeshin

      At the close of Japan’s early modern era, Shibata Zeshin brought the art of lacquering to unmatched levels of technical skill and creative invention.

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    • Otaku Talk
      Art, Popular Culture

      Otaku Talk

      Toshio Okada and Kaichiro Morikawa talk with Takashi Murakami about the history and development of Japan's unique Otaku culture, and the role Otaku plays in Japanese society today.

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    • Go Sugimoto: The Exquisitely Extreme Photography of Go Sugimoto
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      Go Sugimoto: The Exquisitely Extreme Photography of Go Sugimoto

      Go Sugimoto has the exquisite eye of a painter. To realize his vision in photography, he sets the camera an extreme task that it is not routinely asked to perform—shooting at night with scarcely any light or shooting white on white.

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    • Momoyo Torimitsu: Torimitsu Confronts Global Corporate Culture
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      Momoyo Torimitsu: Torimitsu Confronts Global Corporate Culture

      Primarily a sculptor and installation artist, Momoyo Torimitsu has consistently addressed timely social issues in superbly executed three-dimensional forms and in video.

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    • Satoru Eguchi: Drawing a Home
      Art

      Satoru Eguchi: Drawing a Home

      An in-depth review of the work of Satoru Eguchi, who has created a room-sized installation in which he re-creates his “home” space as an artist: his studio. STUDIO includes a work desk, a plant, bottles of paint, and stationery using common materials such as cardboard and wood.

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    • Ushio Shinohara: Canal Street Cornucopia
      Art

      Ushio Shinohara: Canal Street Cornucopia

      New York-based Japanese artist Ushio Shinohara lifts tableaux from what he sees—gritty East Village street scenes, garish Coney Island beach bars, packed Manhattan subways bright with Bubblicious ads—and then compresses multiple views into a single canvas or junk-art sculpture.

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    • Yumi Kori: Yumi Kori Builds with Light
      Art, Design

      Yumi Kori: Yumi Kori Builds with Light

      Using the ephemeral and transcendental qualities of light, architect-artist Yumi Kori affects the way we see and feel the world. Her art installations and architecture challenge our conventional sense of space and the relationship of our physical “self” to the space around us.

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    • Awakenings: The Development of the Zen Figural Pantheon
      Art

      Awakenings: The Development of the Zen Figural Pantheon

      Zen Buddhism boasts a colorful and idiosyncratic cast of patriarchs and exemplary practitioners. Its religious paragons would seem motley by most standards: figures at the periphery of medieval Chinese social life, often peripatetic or otherwise unmoored from society, characterized by ragged, unkempt appearances and inscrutable behavior.

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