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Sashie Masakatsu and Yuu Visit LA

I'd normally want to spend a little more time with the artist who graced one of the covers of Giant Robot magazine, but like with the many times he's here for art related endeavors elsewhere, we have an event at GR2. Yet we made time to catch up at Quarters in K-Town. I told this story in text messages to Mr Yoskay Yamamoto about how Yuu, Sashie's wife, translated just about everything I say, no matter how minor, just to keep him in conversations. She wants him to know everything she can explain so he's never left out. It's a great symbol of love and care. I then told Yoskay a minute later, "nah, it's not a big deal actually."...

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AT JANM - GR BIENNALE 4 INSTALLATION EXPLAINED - WHAT'S IN THE CASE? PART 2

Case 2 is a smaller one that's near the entrance of the Giant Robot Installation at the Japanese American National Museum Biennale 4. I'll try and explain what everything is.  From upper left: 1. Yoskay Yamamoto made a pewter version of his Astroboy head. It's super heavy and limited. It's a great piece. I have a red one as well which has a different shape. When I got burglarized at home, the thief took the red Astroboy out of the velvet bag and left it. I wonder what he thought it was.  2. Black and white photo is of myself and Martin Wong at a zine fest in Seattle in the 90s.  3. Souther Salazar Post it Show art piece....

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Worcester Art Museum Samurai! Reception Photos

Worcester Art Museum presents Samurai!  For the many who won't be able to make it or for the many who did enter the doors on April 17th for the reception, here are some photos and some thoughts from the exhibition. First it's a no brainer that I have to thank to the Museum staff for their hard work. Second, the show design is amazing. The room evidently was always used as a white box, but we transformed it into a new environment. There's no single direction. Instead it's purposefully an exhibition that let's you create your own narrative. Reception sponsorship thanks to Julia Huang of InterTrend! (Flickr Folder of Photos) The wall on the right is the text I had...

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Worcester Art Museum - Samurai! Opens Friday

The commonality of the hands on sword of Zatoichi and Mari Inukai (painted by Kent Williams) The exhibition concept began last year, somewhere before the furious cold his the East Coast. In short, the idea was to let the original Japanese armory speak to contemporary artists and see what happens. There was a lot of thinking and dreaming of the possibilities, and of course it gets distilled into what's best for the space and the audience, but perhaps one day, this exhibition will go "full dream." Curating from afar isn't the easiest way to get things done, but from the photographs, the exhibition looks tremendous. I'll be seeing it quite soon. (Worcester Art Museum) The list of artists: Miya Ando,...

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Worcester Museum of Art: Samurai!

Worcester Museum of Art updated their Samurai! page. Opening Party April 17th! Link Artists in the Exhibition On View
: Katsuya Terada, 
Ferris Plock, 
Rob Sato, 
Kent Williams, 
Mu Pan, 
Miya Ando, 
Moira Hahn, 
Yuko Shimizu, Masakatsu Sashie, 
Jed Henry, 
James Jean, 
Kozyndan,
 Shawn Cheng, 
Josh Cochran, 
Esao Andrews, and 
Stan Sakai Mural Project (phase two): 
Andrew Hem
, Audrey Kawasaki, 
Mari Inukai

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