Black and White Photography by Yusuke Yamatani

Photography // Wednesday, February 05, 2014
We have loved the photography of Japan's Yusuke Yamatani for years, and seeing that he will open his new solo exhibition at Yuka Tsuruno Gallery in Tokyo on February 12, we thought it would be a good idea to see some of the black and white photos from the artist.

Illustrations by Takahiro Kimura

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Takahiro Kimura was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1965. He studied technology of painting and graphic design at Salesian Polytechnic, and then studied skill of drawing, landscape painting and fashion drawing at Setsu Mode Seminar.

The Digital Works of xhxix

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 27, 2014
It had been a few years since we last checked in with the digital paintings of Japan's XHXIX, but one of our favorite blogs, The Fox Is Black, shared some of the artist's new works and we were right back on to enjoying the fascinating series...

The Work of Naomi Okubo

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 27, 2014
We came across these lovely paintings by Naomi Okubo this morning and can't wait to see what she has in store for the new year! Naomi is interested 'in the relationship between oneself and others or society and a contradiction that happens among the relationships...

Drawings of Men Farting from the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868)

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, January 22, 2014
These images, taken from scrolls produced during the Japanese Edo period (1603-1868), depict he-gassen or "farting competitions." Yes, that's right, farting. According to the website Naruhodo, "Similar drawings were used to ridicule westerners towards the end of the Edo period, with images depicting the westerners blown away by Japanese farts." 

Tomoo Gokita @ Mary Boone Galley, NYC

Juxtapoz // Monday, January 13, 2014
Something to go check out in NYC in the next few months, Japanese painter Tomoo Gokita just opened a solo show at Mary Boone Gallery's 541 West 24th Street location. We have a paintings from the show here, plus a collection of paintings from the past few years in our picture gallery, all featuring Gokita's beautiful use of acrylic gouache, and charcoal.

Best of 2013: Japanese Sci-Fi Art From the 70s and 80s

Juxtapoz // Saturday, December 28, 2013
Originally published September 16th, 2013: One of our favorite sites, 50watts' has a running feature where they showcase Japanese science-fiction scans from their ever-growing collections of books and catalogs on Japanese illustration and design. We love looking through old book illustrations, and the sci-fi genre always is chalk-full of he most surreal, colorful, and bizarre. 

Best of 2013: Kohei Yoshiyuki's "The Park"

Photography // Saturday, December 21, 2013
Originally published on April 25th 2013: This morning we take a look at Japanese photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki's series of black-and-white photographs from the 1970s. Using a 35mm camera, infrared film, and flash, Kohei documented people who gathered in several of Tokyo's parks at night for romantic rendezvous and the many spectators that lurked in the bushes to watch and sometimes participate. The photos are raw, voyeuristic and uncomfortable...

Best of 2013: Meticulously Constructed Sculptures by Takahiro Iwasaki

Juxtapoz // Thursday, December 19, 2013
Originally published on February 26th, 2013: From delicately carving rolls of tape into detailed landscapes to building towers out of loose towel threads and constructing intricate structures out of toothbrush bristles, Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki takes everyday objects and transforms them into amazing sculptures.

Sculptures by Ishibashi Yui

Juxtapoz // Monday, December 16, 2013
Tokyo-based artist Ishibashi Yui's sculptures are unsettling and beautiful. Her figures seem to have submitted to the plants and branches protruding and growing from their bodies, as if they have accepted their fate and are not sure if they even have the ability to fight or prevent the inevitable.

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