Spotted in the display window of a London clothing boutique, this Barbie Doll wearing a bespoke Pink outfit and seeking shelter under a Pink Japanese Umbrella, looks to me like she was rode hard and put away wet, as the saying goes. You can see she’s got her hairbrush in hand, so obviously she’s trying to do some damage control, but wtf is up with those smudges of dirt / bruises (!) on her face? What is the message being sent here? Is no one advocating for our favorite girl? So. Many. Questions. Continue reading Pink Thing of The Day: Boutique Window Display With Pink Barbie
Roulette: Number Five (1964), an assemblage work, is one in a series titled Roulette by Japanese artist Mokuma Kikuhata (1935–2020). The title refers to a game of chance where players guess where a ball will land within a spinning numbered wheel. To make this artwork, Kikuhata combined and arranged what he called “everyday objects—used and unwanted,” including a metal pail, a baseball, and a can.
Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
In 1956, Atsuko Tanaka (1932 – 2005) gave a performance while wearing a sculpture called Electric Dress, which was made from 200 blinking incandescent lightbulbs, and tubes covered in red, blue, yellow and green enamel paint. The concentric circles and circuitous lines of this Untitled painting were directly inspired by that performance.
Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Untitled By Atsuko Tanaka
Japanese artist Tomio Miki (1937 — 1978) was part of a generation of artists who addressed social and political shifts in Tokyo, following the end of World War II and the United State’s occupation of Japan. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Untitled (Ears) By Tomio Miki
A major perk of authoring this website is discovering fantastic, neighborhood-adjacent dining spots that I probably wouldn’t have walked by on my own. Located within a comfortable walking distance from the east village, but also technically midtown adjacent, GG Tokyo is a fun and cool spot for intimate dining and cocktails that I’m excited to have on my radar. Continue reading Restaurant Review: GG Tokyo Brings the Izakaya Vibe to Manhattan