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Excavating history

Yanagi Yukinori implodes Japan

By Doryun Chong

YANAGI YUKINORI, Pacific - Shattered Blue (detail), 1997, pigment on muslin, silkscreen printed glass, plywood frame, 210 x 300 x 7 cm, collection Sanbishosha, Kuniaki and Katsuko Ueda, Japan• Photograph Norihiro Ueno.

For many, Yanagi Yukinori is the 'ants-and-flags' artist. And that's quite accurate, if only in part. Over the years, he has created a series of installations—or are they a form of painting?—grouped under the title 'Ant Farm Projects', which consist of transparent plastic boxes in which coloured sand is packed into the…

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