Hideya Kawakita's 70s Tokyo Subway Posters

Design // Tuesday, November 18, 2014
During the mid-70s there was a series of posters in Tokyo that featured appropriations of iconic western icons and promoted proper subway etiquette. The posters ran from 1974 to 1982 and were the work of Hideya Kawakita, a graphic designer who had a huge imace on the image of Tokyo's subway.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI "IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW" @ Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 12, 2014
From the sounds of it, the new Murakami show is quite personal and a deep meditation on life and mortality in the face of the great earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. He recently told the NY Times, “I used to think of religion as something kind of false and hypocritical, but after the earthquake disaster, I realized in a time like that, religion and fairy tales and things like that are actually a necessity." His newest solo show, "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow," opened at Gagosian in NYC on November 10, and will be seen through January 17, 2015. 

The Work of Kaneko Tomiyuki

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Japanese artist Kaneko Tomiyuki was born in Saitama prefecture, 1978. Since childhood, he has been particularly interested in Japanese folklore and the spiritual world. His interest has led him to study in the Tohoku prefecture, which was the birthplace of “Legends of Tono”...

Katsuhiro Otomo/Nobrow for Comme des Garcons

Juxtapoz // Friday, October 03, 2014
Back really long ago, 2013 that is, famed international fashion house Comme des Garcons (who have probably the best store designs of anyone in fashion) teamed up with Nobrow and manga star Katsuhiro Otomo, author of "Akira." Even better, CDG asked Nobrow to mash Otomo's work with other Nobrow artists, creating a comic/manga collage effect that existed on the CDG site. Basically, it looked rad, and we want to show you. 

The Overlooked Feelings of Soga Kayoko

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 16, 2014
This morning we take a look at the Illustrations of Japanese artist Soga Kayoko. Soga describes her work as picking up feelings like a 'feeling of wrongness, a feeling of floating, and a feeling of being not cheerfull but not gloomy...'

Paintings by Masaaki Sasamoto

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 28, 2014
We are enjoying the work of Japanese painter Masaaki Sasamoto this morning. Sasamoto graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1989 and has been exhibiting across Japan ever since.

Thrift Store Sculptures by Sayaka Ganz

Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 07, 2014
Artist Sayaka Ganz creates her sculptures using thrift store plastics. Both her Japanese roots and the Japanese Shinto belief that ‘all objects and organisms have spirits’ heavily influence Sayaka. With those as her starting point, she feels that art arise 'from the passion for fitting odd shapes together and a sympathy toward discarded objects.'

Katsumi Hayakawa "Void and Solid"

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 17, 2014
The Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa explores diverse notions related to space and perspective in VOID and SOLID, a new way of world making, his first solo exhibition in Spain. Hayakawa’s architectural sculptures, made out of varying paper densities, represent the human-made structures covering earth's surface. His attention to detail is apparent in the cuts and folds.

Update: Doodling with Sagaki Keita

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 17, 2014
We have shown Sagaki Keita's work several times before and are continually impressed. Her latest series of doodles, a collection of her 2013 work, is as enjoyable as always.

New Work By Akino Kondoh

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 16, 2014
We are so happy to see new work by Akino Kondoh, an artist and animator known for her striking compositions using graphite and watercolor.
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