Pop art reframed at MFA’s Takashi Murakami exhibition

In the primarily Western-dominated discourse of contemporary art, it is easy to attribute the “superflat” world of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami largely to the legacies of postmodern masters such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Admittedly, Murakami’s glossy and mass-produced works much resemble American pop art stylistically. But it would be illogical to assume that […]

Art-à-Porter: Issey Miyake, the engineer of fashion design

Few designers have incorporated technology in their work like Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake, especially famous for his “Pleats Please” line and his “BaoBao” geometric bags. He is a firm believer in the importance of art and museums as inexhaustible sources of inspiration for the fashion industry. Although he ‘retired’ from design in 1997, he still oversees […]

‘Ghost in the Shell’ is a hollow and unsuccessful adaptation

Live-action movie adaptations have become increasingly popular over the past decade, and it’s easy to see why when they are done right. Bringing animated and illustrated characters to literal life is a thrilling and nostalgic experience, and the best live-action updates further this magic by introducing enhanced plot lines and characters. Unfortunately, though visually stunning […]

Kimi Maeda’s ‘Bend’ explores relationship between memory and identity for Day of Remembrance

A black mat blanketed in a thin layer of sand covered the stage at Balch Arena Theatre this past Sunday as part of a performance by artist Kimi Maeda for Tufts’ Day of Remembrance. Wooden blocks, arranged carefully on the stage, formed the images of a house and a car. A wooden rack to the side of […]

The Mysterious and Manicured Met

Braving the bus, the long blocks and the masses of people, I stood in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s monumental neoclassical facade after a trying four and a half hour bus ride. This Saturday, I was determined to view the Met’s Asian Art Centennial in its entirety. The museum’s comprehensive displays — capturing five millennia […]