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HOT SPOT: TOKYO

Forging New Talent

Mizuma Gallery Leads the Way in Tokyo

By Tim Evans

HISASHI TENMYOUYA, Untitled, 2003, 

acrylic on gold leaf mounted on wood. Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery

DESPITE THE OFTEN MISLEADING AND MESSIANIC PROCLAMATIONS that Takashi Murakami and his Superflat campaign represent the pinnacle of all that is artfully Japanese, Tokyo and its surrounding prefectures are currently in the midst of an aesthetic upheaval that is rapidly redefining the country's artistic practices, precepts and prescriptions. In stark contrast to Murakami's regressive (and somewhat mimetic) brand of commercial…

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