What we're about

"Art Is What You Can Get Away with" -Marshall McLuhan (Propagated by Andy Warhol)

WHY?
Because there are numbers of interesting art shows and cultural events in the Greater Tokyo Area.

WHAT?
We will check out all types of cultural events. The main focus of the meet up group will be checking out art exhibitions, but we are not art snobs. We will check out anything as long as they are entertaining to us.

WHO?
Anyone who likes to explore art + culture in the Greater Tokyo Area should join.

HOW?
Just click "yes" for the RSVP response and show up to the meeting place.

HOW MUCH?
The price of an admission ticket.

HOW OFTEN?
Once a week hopefully.

WHY NOT JOIN US?

Upcoming events (3)

Toko Shinoda : a retrospective

Needs a location

For this meetup, we will check out a retrospective of Toko Shinoda.

"Toko Shinoda [masked]), who maintained a position of aloofness throughout her more than 70 years of activity, continued to explore and develop her own unique field of abstract expression in ink from avant-garde calligraphy. Born in Dalian, China, and raised in Tokyo, Shinoda threw herself into the world of calligraphy in search of an independent way of life, and soon after the war, at the age of over 40, she moved alone to New York and greatly expanded her activities. In this era of feverish search for new forms of expression, when Western abstract art and Japanese avant-garde calligraphy resonated with each other at the forefront of the times, Shinoda's expressions attracted great attention and earned her high acclaim. After returning to Japan, Shinoda established an unrivaled position by creating completely new and original abstract and spatial expressions in ink that were not bound by the dichotomies of calligraphy and painting, or writing and figuration, and that sometimes extended to architectural scales. Shinoda also established a unique style of expression in the world of printmaking and was widely loved as a master of essays backed by a rich cultural upbringing, a refined sensibility, and a sharp critical mind. This exhibition, held one year after the artist's death at the age of 107, introduces the entire scope of Shinoda's activities over a long period of time and examines her broad range and modernity from a contemporary perspective." [from Tokyo Art Beat (https://www.tokyoartbeat.com/en/events/-/2022%2Ftoko-shinoda-exhibition)]

Location
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
(https://www.operacity.jp/en/access/index.php)

Exhibition to see
Toko Shinoda : a retrospective

Meeting Time
03:00 PM (15:00)

Meeting Spot
Around the entrance of the museum

Admission Fee
¥1,200

Information about the exhibition(Japanese)
https://www.operacity.jp/ag/exh249/

Chat session after the show
As usual, let's have a chat session at the end of the event. When we meet up before the exhibition, let's decide where we go after the show.

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Color Fields: from the Collection of Audrey and David Mirvish

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For this meetup, we will check out an exhibition of Color Field paintings at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art. Also, we will stop by Naritasan Shinshojif Temple for lunch and quick sightseeing before going to the museum.

Important Information
You are suggested to reserve your ticket to see the exhibition. Please make the booking for 14:30 on 6/4 through the web page below. The booking for the Saturday will start at 10:00 a.m. on Friday the May 27th.
https://www.e-tix.jp/kawamura-dic/en/

"Color Field painting is a style of abstract painting which developed mainly in the US from the latter half of the 1950s to the 1960s. By creating fields of color across the canvas, extensive and profuse pictures emerged.

Featuring works from the Mirvish Collection, which is internationally renowned for its Color Field paintings, this is the first exhibition to be held in Japan with focus on nine artists involved in Color Field and introducing distinguished works dating from the 1960s onwards. These artists each explored the relationship between color and painting in their own way, and in that process, many of them attained painting techniques of their own. Using shaped canvases with irregular forms, staining the canvas with paint, spraying color on with a spray gun, etc.—these unfamiliar techniques opened up new horizons in painting.

The large canvases and the diverse ideas on color unfolded there continue to stimulate the viewer’s sensibility and imagination to the present day. As you walk through the gallery filled with the artists’ individual approaches toward colors embodied in these works, you will encounter the infinite potential of color and thus painting." [from the description of the exhibition at the museum site (https://kawamura-museum.dic.co.jp/en/art/exhibition/)]

#Exhibition to see#
Color Fields
from the Collection of Audrey and David Mirvish

#Location#
Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art
(https://kawamura-museum.dic.co.jp/en/information/access/)

#Museum Admission Fee#
¥1,500

Schedule
09:00 AM Meet inside of the North Exit Gate of Keisei Nippori station (http://www.keisei.co.jp/keisei/tetudou/stationmap/pdf/us/103.pdf)
**Keisei Nippori Station is connected to JR Nippori Station. You can get to JR Nippori Station by Yamanote line.
If you are not familiar with Nippori station, I recommend you to arrive at the station a little earlier just in case you get lost in the station.

09:17 AM Leave from Keisei Nippori
10:22 AM Arrive at Keisei Narita Station

Lunch and quick sightseeing in Narita-san

01:25 PM Leave from Keisei Narita Station
01:33 PM Arrive at Keisei Sakura Station
01:50 PM Leave from Keisei Sakura Station
02:20 PM Arrive at Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

Enjoy the exhibition and the permanent collections

05:15 PM Leave from Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art

Gerhard Richter

Needs a location

For this meetup, we will check out works of Gerhard Richter.

Important Information
Reservation is required to see this show, and booking information will be provided around the middle of this page.

"This exhibition features German artist Gerhard Richter, one of the greatest artists of our age. It is the first Richter show at a museum in Japan in 16 years and the very first one in Tokyo. Richter has consistently tried presenting the principle of how we see and perceive objects, moving back and forth between representation and abstraction using a variety of materials such as oil paintings, photographs, digital prints, glass, and mirrors. The principle concerns not only optical perception, but also perceptions formed by a complex web of aspects, including the history of art, contemporary visual culture, the history of 20th century Germany, the memories of the artist himself and his family, and audiences’ desire to see things. In 2022, when the artist has turned 90 years old, the exhibition will trace his consistent but wide-ranging practices over the last 60 years, showcasing about 110 works, mostly from the collection of Gerhard Richter Foundation. The exhibits include a variety of items ranging from early works to the newest drawings." [from the exhibition website (https://richter.exhibit.jp/en/)]

Location
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
(https://www.momat.go.jp/english/am/visit/)

Exhibition to see
Gerhard Richter

Meeting Time
03:00 PM (15:00)

Meeting Spot
Around the entrance of the museum

Admission Fee
¥2,200

Important Information
Reservation is required to see this exhibition. Please reserve your ticket with the link below for 15:00 on Saturday the June 11th.
https://www.e-tix.jp/richter/

Information about the exhibition
https://richter.exhibit.jp/en/

Chat session after the show
As usual, let's have a chat session at the end of the event. When we meet up before the exhibition, let's decide where we go after the show.

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