One of the fantastic things about living near Tokyo is that my friends introduce me to fabulous people and invite me to tag along to special events. One of several recent events was a private tour at the Toguri Museum of Art by Alice Gordenker, columnist for the Japan Times and translator extraordinaire. This is not a museum that I would usually have been interested in going to but I knew that a private tour with explanations of the porcelain objects would make them come alive, especially with Gordenker’s passion for her subject matter.
The Art Byte Critique gang are applying for the Tokyo Art Book Fair again this year. I wish them luck even though they do not need it. They will definitely be selected. Now, if they could make an art book like the one in this German cartoon, Die Sendung mit der Maus...
Eighteen months ago I was excited to go to my first art fair. I could not wait to go and counted down the days. I even bought two admission tickets, one weekend pass and one with a guided tour. Now? I think about it before I decide to go. Dozens of artists and galleries gathered under one roof. What’s not to like?
I often cycle by a house that has hand-drawn portraits hanging outside on their concrete fence. At first, from a distance, I thought somebody had copied photographs of people onto cardboard and hung them outside. One day, however, I stopped and looked carefully at the portraits. They were ceramics!