This exhibition/installation (2010/08/23-28) by Yoshioka Masami (吉岡まさみ展) at Gallery Kobo (巷房) occupies all three of Kobo's display spaces, with sketches on the third floor, photos in the under-stairs space and the picture below from the basement room. In the photograph, it looks as though something was drawn onto the picture, but this is a straightforward photograph - the lines are made with tape. It's an interesting effect - especially in a two-dimensional photograph.
This... not exhibition really, but more a one-week vintage store (August 2010), with Sugawara Sonoe (菅原園枝) selling items from England via "Sugar and Son" and Sato Keiko (佐藤恵子) selling items from France via "Uraniwa (裏庭)" - both in Room-508 in the Ginza Okuno Building from August 23rd until the 28th, 2010. Outside that time frame, check out their websites for the latest news about their vintage accessories, etc. businesses.
This exhibition (2010/08/23-29) by Izutsu Chieko at Shashin Ginko (写真銀行) consisted of photos of New York - similar to the one on the promotional post card - taken in... December (I think - if I remember correctly what the photographer told me at the gallery).
This is a group exhibition (2010/08/17-29) called "Yufugaho Group Exhibition" (ゆふがほ展) at Serikawa Gallery (芹川画廊). There are a wide variety of different styles and content from the various participating artists.
This is not exactly an exhibition, but true to its title "End of Month Market (月末古市)", it's an interesting collection by two people - one displaying old Japanese things and the other old US/Canadian stuff. It's in the 5th floor Gallery Platform Studio (ギャラリープラットフォームスタジオ).
One of the people displaying runs an "antiques and vintage clothing shop" called "Supreme", at Ginza 1-19-12, which focuses on Canadian and US items. See this blog for details (in Japanese): http://blog.goo.ne.jp/ginzasupreme
This exhibit (2010/08/04-10) of nihonga pictures by Hayashi Koji (林孝二展) (from Kyoto) at Jungaro (純画廊) consisted of several very nice pictures of natural things - conveying subtlety and power - the type of deep tranquility often found at temples and shrines.
[Note: Regarding the correct pronunciation for "藤塚恭子" - the family name probably is "Fujitsuka" and first name *might* be "Kyoko", but it could be something else as well. (I forgot to confirm the pronunciation when I visited the gallery.)]
This exhibit (2010/08/09-14) by Sato Kinue (佐藤絹恵展) at Gallery Kobo-2 (巷房-2) consists of pictures similar to the one on the promotional card. The background of the originals is more alluring than on the card however - with the sparkle of the nihonga coloring looking very nice at an angle...
This exhibit (2010/08/09-21) by Kikuchi Megumi (キクチメグミ) and Tsutsumi Yoshihiko (つつみよしひこ), (the pair going by the name "NU-LU", which I forgot to ask the meaning of), at Y's ARTS Room-508 display space, consists of pictures constructed of pieces of leather stitched together by KM and then colored by TY, then stitched some more, and colored some more, etc.
[Above] - Kikuchi Megumi (キクチメグミ) on the far left - talking with visitors to the exhibition in Y's ARTS display space in Room-508 on opening day.
And here is the picture I liked best from this exhibition. (I like all of the pictures, but this one stands out for me - I like the color combination.) The frames were built by Tsutsumi Yoshihiko.
The titles of the pictures are all "Unconscious - #1", #2, #3, etc, numbered in their order of completion. The term "unconscious" referring to them being done in a pure frame of mind, without conscious analysis or planning.
It's an interesting exhibit - with my favorite one almost exactly behind the head of the person in the middle in the picture above!
This exhibit (2010/07/29-08/09) by Kan Toshimitsu (菅利光展) at K's Gallery is of stone art - one example shown on the promotional card and in two pictures (see below) that I took at the exhibition. As you can see somewhat in the photos, the surface of the stone looks like the surface of water. I'd like to have this one in my house (but need to get a house first;).
This exhibit (2010/08/02-14) by Fujii Shiho (藤井志帆) at Gallery Kobo (巷房-階段下) consists of some ceramic objects that appear to something else. The trick is to look at the scene in front of you and figure out which items are ceramic and which items are what they appear to be (see second photo).
This exhibit was a lot of fun, since I was completely taken in by it - not realizing that any of the objects were ceramic. The artist told that that is part of the objective of this exhibition/installation - to surprise people with the revelation of what they are actually looking at.
[2010/08/09] - Most exhibitions are one week (Mon-Sat), but this one is for two weeks, with an altered display from the second week - which looked like this (remember that things are not as they appear!):
This exhibition (2010/08/01-07) of nihonga art by Kato Kei (加藤敬) at Gallery Tomo (ぎゃらりぃ朋) includes a wide range of color combinations and styles - just one example being the one on the promotional card. If you're in Ginza, this one is worth taking the time to see I think.
This exhibition (2010/08/02-14) by Agemura Hiromi (揚村弘美展) (of Kokuyoga 刻耀画 art) at Gallery Kobo 巷房) consisted of images similar to the one on the promotional card. Running for almost two weeks, there's still plenty of time to go by Ginza for a look.
This exhibit (2010/08/01-07) by Ishida Kazuhiko (石田カズヒコ展) at Ginza Ono Gallery-2 (小野画廊-2) consists of pictures made with short pieces of thread being glued to the surface - the result being as shown in the picture on the promotional card. Using just seven colors, the pictures look quite vibrant. I rather liked this exhibition. The artist calls this technique "Iyashiga" (癒糸画 - see sign attached to gallery door in the second picture below).
This group exhibition (2010/08/03-08) at Gallery Izu (ギャラリーいず) is entitled "Tsukutsuku (創作展) - Vol.-11, and consists of shodo (書道 - Japanese calligraphy) by a group studying shodo, and photos by another group studying photography (see two pictures below).
This month's (2010/08/02-07) Ginza-One Tokyo-Ten Group Exhibit (アートスペース銀座ワン / サロンど東京展8月) features a larger number of artists than usual, with the theme being small pictures, each one selling for Y10,000. There's some great art here - details of a couple of the artists' works follow (see further down page).
I went by this exhibit twice - once on opening night (picture and video link above), and once the following day. On opening night - as you might imagine from the picture above - it wasn't possible to have a close look at all the pictures and discuss them with the artists, but the following day, I was able to talk with a couple of the artists:
Kato Masami (加藤雅己) - is displaying a couple of colorful sketches - one of an active scene in a festival that he sketched while in the thick of it (and touched up later) and the other drawn at home. I like the concept of drawing the picture at the scene and during the time of the festival (現場と現時?).
Someone-san - Unfortunately, in looking at several business cards I have from that day, I'm not sure which one is hers, but her art at this exhibit was a painting transfered to a tile - that turned out really well. The visual appearance is that of a picture behind glass, but is actually the surface of the tile in the frame. (このアーティストへ: 名前を分かるとこのポストをアップデートします！)
There were many nice pictures and interesting techniques on display. If you're in Ginza, drop by and have a look!