COOL was born in hope of becoming a bridge to let the art lovers all over the world inspire each other, link together as one, and create a new future in arts. The main contents consist of interviews of both New York-based and international artists and creators, special feature articles, art reports from around the world, reviews and column series. We contribute to the cultural exchange through arts and to the development of the art industry so that people in the world can enjoy arts casually and New York and major cities in the world can connect through the media COOL.
In the beginning of the spring, there were remarkable exhibitions held one after another in New York. This issue features the reports of especially outstanding ones, such as Jeff Wall’s exhibition at MoMA, Taryn Simon’s at Whitney Museum, and the exhibitions by Japanese photographers and visual artists like Kaoru Izima and Miwa Yanagi. What’s more, as the interview of the landscape photographer Michael Kenna, who is also popular in Japan, will be the front article, fans of photography and visual arts won’t be able to resist getting excited of this new edition of COOL.
Michael Kenna, the titan of landscape photograph, keeps attracting people with his unique prints which reminds of Japanese ink printing. He visits Hokkaido almost every year, and this winter he conducted photo shoots at Lake Kussharo, which he explains as the “most memorable place” for him. He shot the black-and-white pictures of “the most beautiful moments” taken out from his encounters with nature in his own and unique way. COOL looks into his aesthetic, which is backed up by his brilliant sense and spirit.
Roppongi is getting more vibrant with the opening of Tokyo Midtown, and there is a new art spot called “Art Triangle Roppongi” in the heart of it. The triangle of Mori Museum, The National Art Center, and Suntory Museum is expected to be the world-renowned trend-setting base of Japanese arts for the next generation.
Interview with Michael Kenna
Art Triangle Roppongi
PALÁCIO DOS ANJOS
The Worldwide Art Views
Izima Kaoru：Landscape with a Corpse（ＮＹ）
Alvar Aalto ：Through the Eye of Shigeru Ban (London)
Taryn Simon : An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar（ＮＹ）
Ansel Adams：Classic Images （LA）
Miwa Yanagi：Deutsche Bank Collection （ＮＹ）
威海路696ー696 Weihai Roadー (Shanghai)
Matthew Bourne Presents “Edward Scissorhands” （ＮＹ）
ART LAN@ASIA (Yokohama)
Tomolennon Presents “SLEEPING BEAUTY” (Toronto)
Pick up Artist / Interview with Yuki Matsuzaki
Galleries of The World Vol.2 / FOAM
Chinese Art Now Vol.2 / Timezone8
NY Style Vol.2 / WALK ON THE WILD SIDE
Film Freaks Vol.7 / Skill of The Movie Director
Random Music Access / LIARS
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