Art Space Tokyo is your intimate guide to Tokyo and its art world.
12 galleries and museums. 10 neighborhoods. Dozens of interviews with art curators and dozens of restaurant and cafe suggestions.
With this book, we set out to introduce the reader to twelve of Tokyo’s most distinctive galleries and museums. We are lovers of art, architecture and urban exploration, and having scoured the city for months and visited hundreds of venues, we have chosen what we feel are some of the most inspiring art spaces Tokyo has to offer.
We've also provided mini-guides to the areas the art spaces inhabit. In each chapter we shine our light on the best cafes & restaurants within walking distace of the museums and galleries.
"Much of the charm of the guide is in the little observations, the sly asides and the high and wide originality of the artists, whom Mod and Rawlings capture and pin to the page like a collection of polychromatic butterﬂies. This gorgeous book is a working guide, but it’s also a work of art. "
“... an unexpectedly stunning bit of cultural travelogue.”
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“Art Space Tokyo is the definitive book on contemporary art in Tokyo ... this book provides a singularly unique critical, social, and cultural perspective on art in Japan. ”
Editor and co-author Ashley Rawlings is a specialist in postwar and contemporary Japanese art. After graduating with a BA in Japanese studies from the University of Cambridge, he moved to Tokyo in 2005, where he conducted research into the late-1960s Mono-ha movement at Sophia University while also working as a freelance editor, writer and translator. His writing on the Tokyo art scene has appeared in numerous Japanese and international publications, including ArtAsiaPacific magazine, where he was managing editor. He currently divides his time between London, Tokyo and New York.
Designer and co-author Craig Mod is an independent writer, publisher and designer. He is a MacDowell Colony writing fellow, a 2012 TechFellow, and was a product designer at Flipboard in 2011. His writing has appeared in New Scientist, The New York Times, Codex: Journal of Typography and elsewhere. He has lived in Tokyo for over ten years.