PBS Art21, Documentary Series

Art, ART 21, documentary, PBS

I saw PBS Art21, Documentary Series on Art and Life in the City, Daniel Gordon & Ruby Sky Stiler Take Baby Step. This is a  8minutes mini documentary about a couple who are challenging to balance making their art works and family life. I think many artists are facing same challenge. I mean not only artists but also many of them. This is the phenomena our society is facing. Who can get everything?


Hiking at Nara-Horyuji

hiking, Japan, Nara

I visited my home town, Nara, Japan during holidays. It was windy and chilly on New Year’s day. But I decided to go to Horyuji. Japanese are generally religious but we have a custom to visit a Buddhist temple on January first. So, I followed this custom.
It was about one hour walk from my parent’s house to Horyuji. I was really amazed by the view. I had known the view but I did not know it was such a beautiful landscape. Maybe because I have lived outside of Japan for long long time, I can see them with my fresh eyes. Here are some of the photos I took. I would like to share with you.

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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at MOMA

Art, MoMA, Museum, New York Art, show and exhibition

Matisse at MOMA

What a pleasure to see Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at a day of middle of winter. I easily forgot we were still in winter. This show brought me spring to my eyes. Simple shapes and colors were blooming at MOMA.
This is a rare occasion to see Motisse’s cut-out pieces extensively. The last time New York audiences were treated to an in-depth look at the cut-outs was in 1961!

Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MOMA

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Finally I went to the show, Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor at MOMA. It will end tomorrow.
The Heart Is Not a Metaphor is the first large-scale survey of Robert Gober’s career to take place in the United States. Gober (American, b. 1954) rose to prominence in the mid-1980s and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most significant artists of his generation.
This is the first time I saw his works with my own eyes. I had seen his works with photos and I hadn’t been interested in. I had thought that they were too conceptual and dry. But real works were really good. They were conceptual yet sensitive and poetic. They were opposite of my impression I had before. This is a lesson for me to learn that real works and their photos are sometimes different!

Investigation/ ART21 season 7 on PBS


I just watched first episode of ART21. This is a great show. I always enjoyed and learned about the artists and their arts. Leonardo Drew , Graciela Iturbide  and  Thomas Hirschhorn are in the first episode. I didn’t know all of them. But the way they are facing to their art making is inspired me to keep making my own art work. If you are artist, this is a must-see-show. And if you are not artist, this is also a must-see-show.



DUMBO Arts Festival

Art, New York Art, show and exhibition

DUMBO Arts Festival

I went to DUMBO art festival few weeks ago. My first impression was tens, thousands of people. So many families, kids, young people, old people.

There are outdoor and indoor visual art installations and exhibitions, digital art and projections, visiting artists in their studios or making murals on the street, dancers, poets as well as performers throughout the neighborhood, on street corners, and in the park.

Many people and many events. It was like an art Disneyland! Here are some photos I took.

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Puddle, pothole, portal at Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

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Puddle, pothole, portal at Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY

Sculpture Center was celebrating their newly expanded facility and opening of Puddle, pothole, portal.

There were a lot of people. It was a fun Opening Reception and Community Day. Children enjoyed art works as well as adult visitors. The size of the show was just right. It was neither unsatisfied nor overwhelmed.

I love their building, – a former trolley repair shop built in 1907 according to their home page. Specially their basement floor! Narrow tunnel like space is good for site specific piece. I felt as if I was in ghost house. The works they showed basement floor were matched in their space.

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