Artist File 2009
at The National Art Center is the annual showcase of what is new and interesting in contemporary art. This year NACT curators selected 9 artist (8 of them of Japanese origines): Ishikawa Naoki (photography), Hirakawa Shigeko (installation), Miyanaga Aiko (installation), Ohira Minoru (sculpture), Murai Shingo (sculpture), Kaneda Mio (painting), Saito Meo (painting), Tsugami Miyuki (painting).
|Tsugami Miyuki, View 020403, 2002|
|Hirakawa Shigeko, Tree of photosynthesis, 2009|
Tree of Photosynthesis has been produced from plastic discs containing photochromic pigments which work like artificial leaves and stimulate photosynthesis through changing color: they are violet by day light and translucent milky white by night.
VOCA (The Vision of Contemporary Art) 2009
at Ueno Royal Museum is a showcase of 35 artist selected by curators, journalists and researchers from all over Japan. Choices are very conservative and concentrate mainly on one medium - paitings. This year VOCA Grand prize winner is Mise Natsunosuke, one of the young hopes of Nihonga (Japanese-style painting) while VOCA Encouragement went to Tomoko Kashiki and Kei Takemura.
|Mise Natsunosuke, no English title, 2008|
|Tomoko Kashiki, Flower, 2006|
|Kei Takemura, detail of A.N.'s living room, premonition of earthquake, 2005|
|Kohei Nawa, PixCell - Elk, 2008|