Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tokyo Photo ctd.

So you walk down Roppongi Street, take the little alley (above) next to the AM/PM store, and you’ll find the Belle Salle Roppongi where Tokyo Photo 2009 is taking place.

It’s beautifully organized by our hosts Tomo Harada and Toru Fukaya, the booths are immaculately built, and the crowds and response on opening night were overwhelming.

The Belle Salle Roppongi.

Here’s a glimpse of my booth. The fair is organized with “Photo America” upstairs. An exhibition anchored by the Museum of Photographic Arts and three American dealers – myself, Rose Shoshana, and Paul Kopeikin. Downstairs are 14 Japanese dealers from whom you’ll see my highlights, below. There’s a predominance of contemporary sized urban, industrial, and forest landscapes – but I guess you could say it’s an accurate representation of the country. There’s certainly not the same amount of personally introspective or constructed work you would see in America.

But going in order round the fair, here are some of the pieces that caught my eye:

Two pictures by Naoki Ishikawa at Gallery Terra.

Two urban landscape by Yurie Nagashima at Scai The Bathhouse Gallery.

Two photographs by Taiji Matsue at Taro Nasu Gallery that turned out to be of a model of Tokyo but were striking and vibrant nonetheless.

"Life's Little Worries" by Tatzu Nishi at Urano Aratani

Two views of Mount Fuji by Ken Kitano at MEM Gallery

Also at MEM, Yasumasa Morimura's "Hand Leonardo da Vinci" from 1996.

And two fairy tale looking forests by Yoshihiko Ueda at G/P Gallery.

And last but not least, a suite of gravures by Hiroshi Sugimoto, not readily available in the U.S., at Hiromiyoshi Gallery.

That's a quick Japanese floor report. More on the U.S. floor and Tokyo life tomorrow.

1 comment:

Clare said...

A tangle of overhead cables immediately makes me think of Japan, and Tokyo in particular. I'm intrigued by how there is such a sensitivity to detail and beauty in Japan, (the perfect chopstick, the perfectly imperfect piece of pottery...) while in contrast some of the urban landscapes are pretty grey and ugly.
Have a wonderful time, and eat eat eat - you'll never want anything but Japanese food again!