Trending in Japan: Fireflies in Photography and Installations, Featuring Yume Cyan, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Yuki Karo and Yayoi Kusama 

At least four Japanese artists have been internationally acknowledged for their work recently – threein the past month alone. In addition to their shared heritage, Yume Cyan, Tsuneaki Hiramatsu, Yuki Karo and Yayoi Kusama also share a passion for a certain curious, effulgent insect that has captivated almost every child at one point or another: the lambent firefly.

While little personal information is available on Mr. Cyan, he seems to be an amateur on the local Japanese photography scene, having only surfaced with the publication of his firefly photos this past year.

"Last Dance of the Fireflies", Yume Cyan

“Last Dance of the Fireflies”, Yume Cyan

His photos were taken in the forests surrounding Nagoya, a central Japanese city that is said to be named for its peaceful – nagoyaka (なごやか) – aura. Leaving his shutter open for nearly 30 seconds, Mr. Cyan has created a short series of magical photographs featuring fireflies at dusk. Continue reading

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Sarah Sze’s Installation Art Featured Among Exhibitions at Venice Biennale 

"Gleaner", Triple Point Exhibition

“Gleaner”, Triple Point Exhibition

American installation artist Sarah Sze is currently amongst a repertoire of artists being featured at La Biennale di Venizia in Venice, Italy, the cultural institution renowned for its International Film, Art and Architecture Exhibitions, among other contemporary arts initiatives. Continue reading

Mahmoud Mokhtar, Contemporary Egyptian Sculpture and Revolutionary Spirit 

In light of recent events in Egypt, it is perhaps of interest to shine light on an important member of Egypt’s modern artistic history. Mahmoud Mokhtar was a sculptor extraordinaire who was born in 1891 in the Nile Delta.

"Au Bord du Nil" (On the Banks of the Nile)

“Au Bord du Nil” (On the Banks of the Nile)

It was at a young age that he began making statues out of the clay that was easily available to him in this particular region. He and his mother eventually immigrated to Cairo, and he began to attend the Cairo School of Fine arts in 1908, the year the institution opened. Continue reading

Paris Match Features the “Invisible Man”, Liu Bolin, in June 2013 Issue 

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“Hiding in the City No. 2”

Referring to him as “l’artiste caméléon” (the chameleon artist), Paris Match’s June 2013 issue has featured an interview with Lui Bolin, a Chinese artist whose work is reflective of social and economic issues in China. Continue reading

Tate Exhibits Works of Sudanese Artist Ibrahim El-Salahi, July-September 2013 

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“Love 4 Culture”

The Tate in London has announced the opening of a new exhibition of the works of Sudanese artist Ibrahim El-Salahi. The exhibition will dote on El-Salahi’s “personal journey”, following his movements as a young adult to London, a pilgrimage back to Sudan, followed by a sejour in Qatar and a final return to England. Continue reading

Jen Lewin Blends Old and New, Sound and Light 

The BBC interviews American artist Jen Lewin, who hails from Boulder, Colorado. Ms. Lewin incorporates technology and art, insisting that technology has “always been a part of art”. Continue reading