Wednesday, June 14, 2006

FIFA handroll

Tenmyouya Hisashi, the only Japanese artist selected as one of the 14 artists for this year's FIFA World Cup Germanyェ Official Art Poster 2006. This Japanese artist whom the world cast a spot on, is domestically known for his out-law, anti-establishment style:challenging those established concept of 'Japanese traditional art',the borderline drawn between 'contemporary art' and 'street art', and the categorization of painting from illustration. Proclaims himself as the "neo-traditional Japanese artist",he has won much acclaim in both street magazines and in high-art museums, domestically and internationally.≒Near Equal series, the documentary film series that features one of most influential artistof the time in Japan in each series, proudly presents Tenmyouya Hisashi in this fourth series.Having featured the top Japanese artists: Daido Moriyama (photographer), Makoto Aida (contemporary artist), and Katsura Funakoshi (sculptor),this documentary film reveals the artist's nerve-brakingly meticulous creative production processes, against his bold, daring comments and works. The film also covers some of the Japanese iconic figures as Horiyoshi,the third generation descendant of the legendary Japanese tattooist, and many others. From Street to High Art Museum: Samurai Spirit in the art worldMoving from being a counter culture street art icon to"introduced-as" the contemporary high-art artist in Whitney Museum of American Art,the film shows HIGH and LOW sides of artist, art world, and Tenmyouya Hisashi's Japanese samurai warrior spirit!!

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