Artists Studio Thu, 24 Nov 2022 01:52:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Artists Studio 32 32 The talent behind ICE! With The Polar Express at Gaylord Texan – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth Thu, 24 Nov 2022 01:52:08 +0000

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaylord Texan Resort’s famous ice sculptures have made a comeback.

But who are the artists behind these incredible creations?

NBC 5 got a behind-the-scenes look at the people who bring ice to life.

It’s a unique winter wonderland in Texas.

“It’s so exciting to get him back. We’ve missed the last few years without having him so much,” said Gaylord Texas spokeswoman Martha Neibling.

For over a month this fall, a team of 40 artisans sculpted, shaved and meticulously sculpted huge blocks of ice into scenes from the Polar Express and other holiday wonders for the annual ICE! attraction.

Organizers said this year’s ice show is the biggest they’ve ever had, using about 3.5 million pounds of ice and 1,000 more ice blocks than they’ve ever used.

What artisans do with ice cream may seem impossible, but they have spent most of their lives perfecting their craft.

“You really can’t find anyone else in the world who can carve ice like these artisans can,” Neibling said.

The master carvers come from far and wide from their home in Harbin, a city in northern China known for its famous ice and snow carving festival. While the temperatures inside the ICE! the attraction is kept at a freezing 9 degrees, winter temperatures in Harbin can dip several degrees below zero.

“They are the best artisans and what they do is so unique. They are master ice carvers and learned to carve when they were little. They started the transition from wood to ice. So that’s something they’re so good at,” Neibling said.

Peixiang Niu has been sculpting ice for 30 years. Speaking through a translator, he told NBC 5 he was looking forward to being back in Texas after COVID prevented sculptors from traveling overseas for their annual sculpture commissions. ice.

Neibling said that during the pandemic, the station tried to find other ice sculptors to continue ICE! expose the tradition. But it just wasn’t the same without Harbin’s master carvers.

The Texas Sky Ranger flew over downtown Grapevine on Friday, November 18, 2022 to take a look at the new outdoor ice rink being installed for the Christmas season.

In fact, Niu is the artist who sculpted a two-tonne ice train at the entrance to the show – an incredible feat that earned him the nickname “the conductor”.

From a 25-foot-tall pure ice slide to glowing Christmas trees and a giant Santa Claus, Neibling said these performers deserve all the credit for bringing holiday magic to North Texas.

“I love the finished product and it’s beautiful to see, but I think seeing it being created like we are doing here today is just as exciting,” Neibling said.

Visitors are encouraged to wear thick, warm clothing when visiting ICE! live. The resort will provide free parkas to borrow for those who need them.

ICE! crosses the day of the year. For more details on tickets and planning your visit, click here.

The best of Highland arts and crafts at the Inverness Creative Academy Winter Market this weekend Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:08:00 +0000

WASPS summer market in 2022.

The Wasp Winter Market will return to Inverness Creative Academy this weekend – Saturday 26 November and Sunday 27 November.

The Highlands’ first major creative hub hosts its annual Winter Market and will feature stalls selling some of the best locally created arts and crafts the region has to offer.

The Wasp Winter Market is open both days, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will feature a mix of stalls offering everything from ceramics, jewelry and textiles, to greeting cards and original artwork.

Last winter, the Wasp Winter Market in Inverness attracted nearly 2,000 visitors and more are expected to visit this growing free event this year.

Vendors at the weekend winter market include Inverness Creative Academy tenants and artists Izzy Thomson, Alice Prentice, Carine Moffat and Gael Hillyard, as well as jeweler and goldsmith Geddes Designs, Nathan Lumb of Highland Woodwork, Mi Designs by Moray, Plants etc. and Kevin Photography from Arrowsmith.

Wasps Managing Director Audrey Carlin: “Since hosting the Winter Market at Inverness Creative Academy the event has become more popular and in our fourth year we expect our biggest turnout yet.

“We would like to encourage people to consider supporting their local artists and artisans by accompanying them. This is a great platform for the artist community to interact with potential clients and showcase their talents. It is also a place great to buy something unique for that special gift.”

Wasps will soon be considering applications for its summer market at the Inverness Creative Academy. For more information, potential sellers should email

• For more information on all of Wasps’ winter markets, visit the Wasps website.

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Arts Access Aotearoa Announces Scholarship Recipients Wed, 23 Nov 2022 02:10:00 +0000

Artists, creative space and projects built around access, inclusion and participation in the arts are the recipients of the 2022 Ngā Toi Rangatira o Aotearoa Arts Access Scholarships, announced today by Arts Access Aotearoa.

The scholarship initiative is Arts Access Aotearoa’s response to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community over the past two years. The four scholarships, worth $10,000 each, are an investment in artists’ practice and something positive, practical and forward-looking, said Richard Benge, Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa.

“For Aotearoa to thrive, it is important that our artists are supported to develop their practice and have the time and funding to explore the possibilities,” says Richard.

“Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, at a time when arts funding is highly competitive, recipients will have the freedom to do just that.”

Decisions were made by judging committees, made up of arts practitioners and people with relevant expertise. Overall, the panels said, there were many innovative and high-caliber proposals and making the final decisions had been a difficult task.

The four recipients are:

  • Ari Kerssens, Auckland, recipient of the Whakahoa Kaitoi Whanaketanga PAK’nSAVE Artist Grant: to develop a project in collaboration with sound artist Tash van Schaardenburg, based on a series of audio recordings exploring Ari’s blind experience of navigating various environments in Tāmaki Makaurau using a cane.

This grant helps a deaf or disabled artist, or an artist who has a disability or impairment, or a lived experience of mental distress, to undertake a project that will develop their artistic practice.

  • Salā Roseanne Leota, Kāpiti Coast, recipient of the Whakahoa Kaitoi i Te Ara Poutama Arts in Corrections Artist Fellowship: to explore and seek the development of their creative writing processes and abilities, with the support of an arts mentor. She is currently Creative Advisor to Home Ground and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Massey University.

This scholarship supports an artist who lives in the community and is/has been in the criminal justice system to develop their artistic practice.

  • Magenta Creative Space, Nelson, Whakahoa Whakawatea Kaitoi Tangata Holdsworth Creative Spaces Fellowship Recipient: To support art teacher and artist Major Herewini at undertaking an artist residency and also directing Project Legit, where he will work with mentally distressed young people to create mural-style street art.

This scholarship
supports a facilitator/tutor-led project that involves artists in a creative space working collaboratively. Accessibility will be incorporated into the creation and/or presentation of new or existing works.

  • Charlotte Nightingale, Warkworth, Auckland, Whakahoa Kaitoi Te Puna Toi Creative New Zealand Arts For All Fellowship recipient: work with the PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities) community and create Spark, a multi-sensory theatrical work for an audience with PMLD. The work will be produced and presented by Glass Ceiling Arts Collective, which Charlotte co-founded in 2020.

This scholarship supports an individual to work with a member organization of the Arts For All network to research or develop an area of ​​accessibility.

You can
read more about the winners and their projects on the Arts Access Aotearoa website.

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Florida vandal caught on camera painting lawns and homes of Trump supporters Mon, 21 Nov 2022 23:09:45 +0000

Two homes in east Naples, Florida were vandalized by a man on a bicycle with a spray paint can and a disdain for former President Trump.

Surveillance footage taken at the two homes owned by Trump supporters shows the vandal straddling a sidewalk with a bright flashing light mounted to the back of the seat.

Two Naples, Florida homeowners have been targeted by a vandal for supporting Trump.
(Richard Jokela/X LOCAL NEWS/TMX)

The man, according to police reports, is Caucasian, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, approximately 50-55 years old, and has a brown and gray crew cut.


At one point, the man pulls over, gets off the bike, and walks onto property with a can of spray paint. He then shakes the can, leans over and sprays the words “Lock Trump Up” on the property’s lawn.

The man returned to his bike before heading to a Trump banner in a front yard garden and spray painting over the text, then passing by a car on the property.

PALM BEACH, FL - NOVEMBER 15: Former United States President Donald Trump speaks during an event at his Mar-a-Lago home on November 15, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida.  Trump announced he was seeking re-election and officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign.

PALM BEACH, FL – NOVEMBER 15: Former United States President Donald Trump speaks during an event at his Mar-a-Lago home on November 15, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida. Trump announced he was seeking re-election and officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign.
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After a while, the man returns to his bicycle and leaves.


Within an hour, the man reportedly used the spray paint to write “Lock Trump Up” on the grass, garage doors and flag.

Both owners reported the vandalism to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the owners called the police at 8:30 a.m. on November 12 to report the vandalism.

A man with a Trump 2024 flag is pictured outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida following an FBI raid on Donald Trump's private home.

A man with a Trump 2024 flag is pictured outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida following an FBI raid on Donald Trump’s private home.
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When police arrived, a woman told them her husband had gone golfing earlier that morning and found their garage door had been vandalized with the words “Lock Trump Up” written in spray paint. white.

The woman said she and her husband had no problems with anyone in the neighborhood.


The second homeowner called police around 10:45 a.m. that same day and said an unknown person had used white spray paint to write “Lock Trump Up” on his garage door and lawn. He also said his little Trump 2024 flag was painted and the incident happened just after 11 p.m. on November 11.

The two owners plan to press charges once the man is found.

Police said the suspect remains at large on Monday, and if caught faces criminal mischief charges.

]]> Sculpture of Elon Musk’s head on the body of a flying goat to be unveiled at the Texas Tesla factory | Texas News | San Antonio Mon, 21 Nov 2022 15:27:00 +0000 Instagram / elongoattok The 20-foot-tall sculpture cost $600,000. Texas billionaire Elon Musk isn’t getting much love these days, with Twitter users freaking out over his chaotic reign and workers at his Tesla factory in Austin calling on feds to investigate his practices. work. Well, at least …]]>

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The 20-foot-tall sculpture cost $600,000.

Texas billionaire Elon Musk isn’t getting much love these days, with Twitter users freaking out over his chaotic reign and workers at his Tesla factory in Austin calling on feds to investigate his practices. work.

Well, at least the fanboys of the cryptocurrency community are showing some love to the world’s richest internet troll.

A giant sculpture of Musk’s head on the body of a goat riding a rocket is set to parade through the streets of Austin before being delivered to the billionaire’s Tesla Giga factory on Nov. 26, according to tech site Boing Boing.

The 20-foot-tall sculpture is a gift from the creators of the $EGT cryptocurrency, or Elon Goat Token. $EGT spent $600,000 on the project, according to its website.

The sculpture depicts memes within the crypto-bro community. The Goat Body is a play on the term “GOAT”, an acronym for “Greatest Of All Time”. Meanwhile, rocket is often used online to indicate that a digital asset or stock is going to increase in value or “go to the moon”.

According to a social media post on the $EGT Instagram account, organizers plan to throw a “big party” before delivering the bizarre statue to the Tesla factory.

“There is no one more deserving than Elon, so we hope to see you there supporting the man himself,” the post said. “Let’s make this a historic day.

Despite $EGT’s creative marketing ploy, it seems the gimmick promoting their digital token couldn’t have come at a worse time. Cryptocurrency markets descended into chaos after the collapse of crypto exchange FTX, which many have likened to a Ponzi scheme.

Those interested in attending the delivery of the statue can RSVP here.

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]]> Community Shops for Unique Craft Fair Gifts | Local News Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:00:00 +0000

North Hardin High School was packed Saturday morning for the North Pole Arts and Crafts Show.

Hundreds filled the aisles as they looked from booth to booth of craft vendors while catching up with their friends.

Leonardo da Vinci painting a pretty picture Sat, 19 Nov 2022 07:11:57 +0000

Showing his usual good gate speed and leading the Da Vinci harness racing colt all the way (Major Art) at the hands of trainer Craig Ferguson beat Carrera Rapido (Major Art) by a length and a quarter in the Brosnan Transport Limited Timaru Nursery Stakes at Timaru today.

Da Vinci winner at Timaru (Race Images Photo)

The colt is owned and bred by Paul (QSM) and Brendon Duffy of Wyndham. The two-year-old has won his last three starts.

While understandably the overall time was slow today on the wet 2-38.6), the last 800m was cut to a very good 56.2.

“Gate speed was key to the win, and then he set his own terms. His half was pretty good on a bad track, so I was happy with that. He relaxes right in front and does what he has to do, but when you ask him to step up, he can go home just fine,” Ferguson said.


Ferguson has always had a high opinion of Da Vinci and his current form justifies the trainer’s point of view.

“I always had a big crush on this guy from day one. He probably went through a period where he wasn’t doing things right and his form wasn’t too bright.

The win confirmed his place in the $100,000 Ace of Spades on Grand Prix day at Addington on Sunday 4e of December.

“Yeah, that was the goal to raise enough money to get in there, so we’re well and truly into it now.”

Meanwhile, Ferguson-trained trotter Smokin Bandar (monkey bone) was sidelined with a minor hock problem and scratched from today’s trot at Timaru.

“It just happened because of the race. He will be a pretty good horse next year and I think he will hopefully improve again, so he is worth looking after.

In the Tire General Timaru Summer Cup, Allamericanlover (American ideal) trained by Steve and Amanda Telfer showed great tenacity to win the pace race.

After sitting down, driver Tim Williams took her forward to sit parked with a lap to run. She was there to be taken down but only Jimmy Arma came close and she held on to win by half a length.

It was the mare’s ninth win and based on the tenacity she showed today, she looks set for a good summer.

For full race results, Click here.

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In pictures: Monumental soft sculptures by late Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz stun at Tate Modern Fri, 18 Nov 2022 20:00:16 +0000

Visitors to ‘Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope’ at London’s Tate Modern will find themselves eclipsed as they move between vast suspended structures that challenge our traditional notions of sculpture and textile art.

Their warm, irregularly colored surfaces were achieved by weaving organic materials like sisal, horsehair and hemp rope together in complex and ambiguous 3D fiber installations known as “Abakans.”

“It is from fibers that all living organisms are built, the tissue of plants, leaves and ourselves,” Abakanowicz once said. “Our nerves, our genetic code, the channels of our veins, our muscles. We are fibrous structures.

Audiences will learn how Abakanowicz began making painted textiles in the 1950s, and observe the evolution of her practice during the 1960s and 1970s, when she transitioned to constructing suspended forms on a monumental scale.

Their radical nature is all the more striking as the artist moves away from many of the main poles of the art world. Born in 1930, she grew up in the rural Polish countryside and later, during the war, her family became part of the resistance as she worked as a nurse’s aide at the remarkably young age of 14. communist regime and fought against all odds to build an internationally recognized career.

Abakanowicz is also known today for Agoraa crowded group of headless figures permanently installed in Chicago’s Grant Park, and War games, large structures made of trees in the style of military equipment. One of the works of this last series, Anastasius (1989), is presented in the exhibition alongside the Abakans.

‘Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope’ is on display at Tate Modern until 21 May 2023. See the works in the exhibition below.

The installation view of ‘Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope’ is on display at Tate Modern until 21 May 2023. Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.

The installation view of ‘Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope’ is on display at Tate Modern until 21 May 2023. Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.

The installation view of ‘Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope’ is on display at Tate Modern until 21 May 2023. Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.

The installation view of ‘Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope’ is on display at Tate Modern until 21 May 2023. Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.

The installation view of ‘Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope’ is on display at Tate Modern until 21 May 2023. Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.

The installation view of ‘Magdalena Abakanowicz: Every Tangle of Thread and Rope’ is on display at Tate Modern until 21 May 2023. Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.

Madeleine Abakanowicz, Brown textile 21 (1963). Photo courtesy of Tate Modern; © Fundacja Marty Magdaleny Abakanowicz Kosmowskiej i
Jana Kosmowskiego, Warsaw.

Photograph of Magdalena Abakanowicz at work in 1966. Photo: © Estate of Marek Holzman.

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One of the city‘s biggest annual sales comes to Mesa just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.

The Mesa Historical Museum, 2545 N. Horne, will host its Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 19 on its grounds. Not only is entry to the fair free, but attendees will also have free access to the museum itself,

Nearly 60 local vendors sell handicrafts including pottery, baskets, woodcarvings, glass bowls, jewelry, upcycled art and more,” said the museum’s general manager, Susan Ricci. “All of our vendors are from the East Valley and have unique merchandise. This is a great time to do some early Christmas shopping.

The fair also includes a mini book fair and a concession stand to benefit the museum.

The festival started three years ago as a small local event on the lawn to help artists who have been affected by the pandemic and now it has doubled in size and continues to grow,” said Ricci.

And Ricci noted that the proceeds “will help the Mesa Historical Museum make much-needed improvements to its building.”

Free admission will allow guests to see some of the museum’s interesting exhibits, such as “Veterans of Washington-Escobedo Community,” a pop-up exhibit open only through December 7. It is sponsored by Pastor Eric Jenkins of Streets of Joy and James Christensen, Chairman and CEO of Gateway Bank.

Another exhibit, “Early Entertainment In Mesa,” uses a collection of photos and artefacts from theatre, film, and television to show how various forms of entertainment have captivated and transformed Mesa audiences for more than a century.

This exhibit will run through June 2023 and is part of the Mesa Historical Museum’s annual special exhibit rotation that highlights important aspects of Mesa’s history.

But history buffs will have to wait a bit for the museum’s new permanent exhibit developed in partnership with the area’s tribal community.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s new exhibit celebrates the Onk Akimel O’odham and Piipaash cultures. This exhibit is sponsored by the Cultural Resources Department of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

Tokyo is expanding its footprint in the global art market. Here are 7 power players leading the way Thu, 17 Nov 2022 06:23:57 +0000

While economic growth forecasts have faded and the yen likely weakening, Japan’s disproportionate art market may still be finding its way.

Data from the Artnet Price Database shows total annual sales by domestic auction houses in Japan have more than doubled over the past decade, from $92.9 million in 2012 to $218.6 million. million in 2021, and that figure could reach a new high this year. Auction houses Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips have all witnessed an increase in the number of Japanese bidders and buyers.

During this time, the Artistic Collaboration Kyoto fair returns for a second edition this week. With 64 galleries, the modest fair operates on a host-guest system, where 29 Japanese galleries share booths with 29 overseas galleries (12 from North America, nine from Europe and eight from Asia).

Expectations are even higher for Tokyo, home to nearly 14 million people. New market initiatives such as Tokyo Art Weekwhich has attracted international VIPs through the network of Art Baseland the launch of the fair next year Tokyo Gendai have brought new expectations to the country, where the economy has long stagnated in the so-called lost decades since the bursting of the 1991 asset price bubble.

Here are some of the key players who are reinventing Tokyo’s art scene.

Atsuko Ninagawa

Atsuko Ninagawa. Photo by Katsuhiro Saiki.

The owner and director of the Tokyo gallery Take Ninagawa is no ordinary gallerist. Since founding the gallery in 2008, Atsuko Ninagawa has promoted emerging and historically significant artists who may have been overlooked in the international marketplace. Examples include Japanese artist Shinro Ohtake, who is currently featured in a large retrospective exhibiting 500 works at the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and pioneering artist-poet Gozo Yoshimasu. Ninagawa is part of the selection committee of Art Basel Hong Kong and collaborates in South Southan online platform that defends the art of the countries of the South.

More recently, the 45-year-old dealer co-founded Art Week Tokyo, an initiative that this year brought together 51 galleries and institutions to boost contemporary art gallery exposure and attract new audiences, including young emerging collectors. His next ambition is to make Art Week Tokyo an information and education platform for art lovers and collectors.

“What I wanted to create was deeper relationships and a deeper understanding of art,” Ninagawa told Artnet News.

Kazunari Shirai

Kazunari Shirai

Kazunari Shirai. Photo by Katsuhiro Saiki.

Kazunari Shirai wears many hats. He is the CEO of asset management company Sequedge Group, owner of publisher Jitsugyo no Nihon Sha, founder of social welfare company Zenkoukai, and a author specializing in business and economics. The 50-year-old is also an avid collector and art lover. Its collection includes 300 works by Yayoi Kusama, Louise Bourgeois, Wolfgang Tillmans, William Kentridge and Cornelia Parker, among others. He also owns many collectible motorcycles, including a fancy Aston Martin Superbike.

He co-founded the Japan Contemporary Art Platform, which runs Art Week Tokyo, with the ambition to “bridge the gap between the international art world and the domestic market,” Shirai told Artnet News. “We want more and more people to come from overseas, be creative, and create an international edge for the Japanese art scene.”

Eri Takane

Eri Takane.  Photo: Yusuke Abe.

Eri Takane. Photo: Yusuke Abe.

Eri Takane previously worked as a freelance art consultant for major international artists, collectors and companies, including the Japanese division of Google Arts and Culture. Takane has extensive experience in the art sector in Japan which has seen her work as an art director at the Sezon Art Gallery in Tokyo as well as a host of the Tokyo FM radio show Sustainadays. During her 13 years in New York, she worked at the Japan Foundation to fund nonprofit arts organizations in the United States.

“Over the past five years, we have been encouraged to see a younger generation of collectors actively engaging in the market,” Takane told Artnet News. “With the launch of Tokyo Gendai, we look forward to offering young collectors the opportunity to discover and experience some of the most exciting contemporary art from around the world for themselves, right on their doorstep.”

Kana Kawanishi

Kana Kawanishi.  Courtesy of Kana Kawanishi's Art Office.

Kana Kawanishi. Courtesy of Kana Kawanishi’s Art Office.

Kana Kawanishi founded her namesake Kana Kawanishi Gallery in 2015 after stints in artist management and museum exhibition planning. The gallery owner is dedicated to promoting contemporary art, especially photography, which remains a local niche, despite Japan being home to some of the world’s most famous photographic artists and state-of-the-art printing technologies. Valuable prints are mainly sold in Europe and the United States due to the lack of a local market, while many photo fairs in Japan were short-lived.

In addition to the main gallery space at Kiyosumi Shirakawa, Kawanishi maintains a satellite gallery at Nishiazabu to showcase contemporary photography only. She is also the founder of the Hibiya Okuroji Art Fair, which started in March as a satellite event around Art Fair Tokyo; the auxiliary Hibiya Okuroji Photography Fairheld its first edition in October.

“The inaugural edition was a great success,” she told Artnet News. “Our most ambitious goal is not to disappear like the others [photo] fairs, which disappeared after about three editions or so. I take care of the structure of the fair so that it is sustainable.

Tomio Koyama

Tomio Koyama

Tomio Koyama. Courtesy of Tomio Koyama.

Tomio Koyama opened his eponymous gallery in Tokyo in 1996 after working at contemporary art galleries such as Nishimura Gallery and Shiraishi Contemporary Art. At the start of his gallery, he showed works by artists such as Yoshitomo Nara and Takashi Murakami, who became some of the most famous artists in the world and helped define contemporary art in Japan.

A veteran of the Tokyo scene, Koyama, representative director of the Contemporary Art Dealers Association Nippon and a committee of the Japan Art Dealers’ Association, believes his hometown has great potential to become an art hub, with a major hurdle to overcome: taxes. “We need some changes to successfully host international art fairs, such as overhauling our tax system to encourage domestic collectors to buy, as has been done in South Korea and Taiwan, as well as the fluidity of communication between different sectors,” Koyama told Artnet News.

Atsuko Koyanagi

Atsuko Koyanagi

Atsuko Koyanagi. Photo by Shin Suzuki.

Born in Ginza, Tokyo in 1952, Atsuko Koyanagi grew up in a family that ran a traditional ceramics store dating back to 1852. Before creating her own space, the Koyanagi Gallery. in 1995, the gallerist exercised various professions and roles, but all closely linked to aesthetics: as editor-in-chief of fashion magazines, in the office of artistic director Kazuko Koike, and at the Seibu Museum of Art and the Kyoto Costume Institute. Along with Koike, Koyanagi had a role in Sagacho Exhibit Space, Japan’s first alternate space that ran from 1983 to 2000.

At the Koyanagi Gallery, the dealer presents contemporary art by figures such as Hiroshi Sugimoto, Marlene Dumas, Sophie Calle and Christian Marclay. After 15 years of exhibiting at Art Basel, the veteran gallerist said she “retired ‘from art fairs’ in 2015 taking over as chair of the board of directors of Odawara Art Foundation, founded by Sugimoto. Rather than traveling overseas frequently as she did in the past, she now prefers to host foreign guests to view her gallery.

“I want to showcase Japanese aesthetics, show people how we present art in our own space,” Koyanagi told Artnet News.

Yukio Shiraishi

Yukio Shiraishi.

Yukio Shiraishi. Courtesy of Whitestone Gallery.

Yukio Shiraishi, born in 1944, is executive chairman of the listed company New Art Holdings. In 1967, he founded the Whitestone Gallery, one of Japan’s most ambitious art spaces, which now has four outposts including two in Ginza in Tokyo, one in Hong Kong and one in Taipei. In 2012, he established the Whitestone Art Foundation and opened the Karuizawa New Art Museum.

Compared to other art businesses in Japan, Shiraishi’s operation seems to be much more outward-oriented, which is rather unusual. Last year, New Art Holdings acquired New Art East-West Auctions. In a message to shareholders in september, he revealed that a local office and gallery of over 13,123 square feet would open in Singapore, with ambitions to target clients in Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. There are also talks of opening branches in Beijing and Seoul, as well as holding auctions there.

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