Here, a long-looking interlude in Teshima Art Museum collaboration between architect Ryue Nishizawa and artist Rei Naito.
Hard to believe it’s been over a month since we took a Phillips trip to Japan as part of our travel program. Over the course of a week and a half, we traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kurashiki, Naoshima, and Takamatsu. Here are a few snapshots of the people, places, and studios we visited.
Wonderful view from the Benesse House Museum designed by Tadao Ando on the island of Naoshima.
In the elegant Benesse House Hotel. Makes me think back to the great Antony Gormley installation here at the Phillips in 2012.
Enjoying a studio visit with artist and professor James Jack at the Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai). The pigments of each of these squares is composed with one dirt sample collected from various sites at which the artist has lived.
Our trip also embraced the traditional arts if Japan. We visited the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto where the serene garden made me think of the Impressionists’ deep love of all things Japonisme.
We learned a lot from the Shinto priest who accompanied us on our visit to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo.
Meeting Mr.Ohara outside the Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki.
I adored this gorgeous work by Hiroshi Sugimoto that the artist showed our group. It is an interpretation of a historically important screen, a national treasure.
. . . included a visit to Matthew Marks Gallery. There was a wonderful show of Robert Gober’s work. I was intrigued by the Ellsworth Kelly adorning the gallery’s facade . . . such authority and clarity amidst the white noise of daily street traffic. I look forward to our Kelly show on June!
Dorothy Kosinski, Director
Matthew Marks gallery in West Hollywood with an Ellsworth Kelly facade. Photo: Dorothy Kosinski