A Sudden Gust of Wind

Jeff Wall, ‘A Sudden Gust of Wind’ (after Hokusai) (1993)

After Hokusai’s famous woodblock print, Canadian artist Jeff Wall recreates a flurry of papers swept overhead in photographic form.  Jeff Wall

Pears with Noses

Yasumasa Morimura , ‘Pears with Noses’ (1992)

In the history of painting, a common device used to draw the viewers gaze into a group portrait was to include an individual who would look out directly out from the frame. Sometimes known as the Speaker, this individual would allow viewers to relate to those depicted. In an absurd twist to this tradition, Yasumasa Morimura has inserted his nose on the fruit of this still life. morimura-ya.com

Vincent van Gogh, Shoes

Takayuki Kubota, ‘Vincent van Gogh, Shoes’ (2009) Oil on canvas.

Drawing our attention to the way in which artworks are usually presented in museums and the authority that these plaques carry, Takayuki Kubota created a body of paintings where these signs become the artwork itself.  takayukikubota.com

Moré Moré (Leaky): The Falling Water Given #1-3

Yuko Mohri, ‘Moré Moré (Leaky): The Falling Water Given #1-3’ (2015).  Photo: Keizo Kioku

Assembled from readymade objects this installation makes use of two references. The first is the makeshift plumbing found at train stations in Tokyo, the second is Marcel Duchamp’s “The Large Glass” (1915-23). Sometimes static, sometimes kinetic, Mohri’s brand of sculpture breathes new life into the mass-produced objects that surround us. mohrizm.net

Emoticon – Ourselves in Today’s World

Kengo Nakamura, ‘Emoticon – Ourselves in Today’s World’ (2013)

Like the abstract paintings of Joan Miro, where calligraphic marks hang over fields of colour, Kengo Nakamura’s “Emoticon” series present kaomoji, a typed shorthand of facial expressions, to be plucked freely by the viewer. nakamurakengo.com

Left over from Yves Klein and me

Hisachika Takahashi by Yuki Okumura, ‘Left over from Yves Klein and me’ (1982).

Questioning the role of the author in the production of an artwork, Yuki Okumura displayed the work by Hisachika Takahashi as his own. To complicate matters further, the work above references another artist, Yves Klein. yukiokumura.com


Kei Imazu, ‘Sculptures’ Oil on canvas (2013)

A collection of antique statues has been arranged, painted and distorted. Suggestive of wiping over or rewriting historic artefacts, Kei Imazu’s ‘Sculptures’ take a figurative subject to partly abstracted conclusions. imazukei.com

Alan Dogu

Grayson Perry, ‘Prehistoric Gold Pubic Alan Dogu’ Glazed ceramic. (2007)

As part of Grayson Perry’s exhibition ‘The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman’ at the British Museum, the artist depicted his childhood teddy bear, Alan Measles, as a Dogū – a statue from the Jōmon periodvictoria-miro.com/artists/12-grayson-perry/


Masaru Aikawa, From the ‘CD’ series. (2007-)

Creating faithful replicas, Maseru Aikawa hand-paints CD covers, hand-writes the sleeve notes and sings the songs of CDs as his own. For the 2010 edition of Roppongi Crossing at Mori Art Museum, there was a listening booth where visitors could enjoy his versions of famous CDs. masaruaikawa.com


Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, ‘Catbus’ (2010)

Noted for reworking famous events in cultural history as improvised performances, Marvin Gaye Chetwynd recreated Studio Ghibli’s beloved Catbus at the Frieze Art Fair in London. Marvin Gaye Chetwynd


Manabu Ikeda, ‘Foretoken’ (2008). Pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on board, 190x340cm.

As a flipped homage to Hokusai’s Great Wave, to some, Manabu’s detailed drawing eerily predicted the tsunami of 3.11. Manabu Ikeda

P. M. Ball

Kazuo Okazaki, ‘P.M. Ball’ (2005)

In transferring Piet Mondrian’s austere abstract paintings onto the surface of a ball, Okazaki adds new works to Mondrian’s iconic back catalogue. Okazaki
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