Aimee Phillips Goes to Japan! Part II

Aimee Phillips

Here goes: the second installment from the land of the rising sun. Part of the reason we chose this week for our trip was to time it with some major art happenings in Tokyo. We were lucky enough to be a part of Takashi Murakami's crew for the week, which included going to an AMAZING opening of our friend Seonna Hong's new show at Murakami's Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo, as well as taking a tour of his incredibly Willy Wonka-esque new studio. AND we got to explore Geisai, Murakami's free-participation art fair. Apparently Japan doesn't have a big contemporary art scene (believe it or not) and Takashi is an incredibly supportive and nurturing mentor for new artists (not to mention an incredible karaoke "artist" himself, as we found out during his rousing rendition of "YMCA.")

Kaikai Kiki artist Rai Sato was discovered by Takashi at Geisai in 2002 (when she was 18!) and her first New York solo show is opening on June 26 at Lehmann Maupin gallery. Our friend Seonna was brought over by KaiKai Kiki for her first solo show in Japan which is beautiful and I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of both of these gals very soon!

I'm also including some bonus shots from our trip to the -- ready for this? -- Japanese WIG MUSEUM! Art of a different sort but art nonetheless.

For more on Takashi Murakami: http://english.kaikaikiki.co.jp/
For more on Seonna: http://www.seonnahong.com/
For more on Geisai: http://www2.geisai.net/
For more on Rei Sato: http://english.kaikaikiki.co.jp/artists/list/C10/

Aimee Phillips Goes to Japan! Part I

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