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Changing Cerruti

No one can be the new (or next) Nino Cerruti. Nor should anyone try to be. The dashing founder of Cerruti is irreplaceable, inimitable. He is the consummate sartorialist, embodying la grande bellezza – the gr...
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The artful dresser

At an art opening, a man gets to shed his work uniform and wear groovy clothes, and, for a few hours, behaves like an iconoclast in the splendour of a museum or gallery. There he flaunts his bold sartorial st...
Nobuyoshi Araki, Sentimental Journey, 1971. Araki’s career-defining image of his wife during their honeymoon that presentiments her death when the only letters visible from her Shiseido catalogue is ‘shi’ to mean ‘death’ in Japanese - Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery

An unrestrained eye

The Glass Archive presents a special three-part series – The unflinching lens Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe and Daido Moriyama, 
three eminent Japanese post-war photographers, have captured radical views of a c...
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Design houses

SANAA Lausanne, Switzerland Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are carrying out a quiet revolution. Through their firm SANAA the Japanese architects have been constructing buildings that appear diaphano...
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Capturing light

  Hiroshi Sugimoto has made his name as a chronicler of time immemorial. His photography emerges from and lives in the interstices of personal and collective memory, as part of what he calls “the hist...
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Artistic transgressor

The polymorphous art of Sterling Ruby embraces paradox, confounds expectations, and defies easy categorisation. Yet at the same time his creative output partakes of and helps establish new paradigms for definin...
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Fashion sparkles at Miu Miu screening

Miu Miu’s party and screening of Spark and Light,  the latest short film in the label’s Women’s Tales series, at the Diamond Horseshoe was the highlight of this year’s New York Fashion Week. http://www.youtu...
Annie Lennox with Sibongiseni Maghubela (left) and his three younger brothers, Mzukisi, Veiile and Siphesihle

Activist soul

Pop acts are usually ephemeral, exploding brightly for a few years before dissipating into the cultural ether. Only few recording artists can sustain a long trajectory of success – through talent, tenacity, or ...
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Facing a dark past with playful art

At a glance, the twisted body of a woman chained to a bed inside a prison cell constructed inside The Container gallery in Tokyo, an art space converted from a container that sits inside a hair salon – spaces c...
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Electric Samurai

In the Zen Buddhism pantheon, Hotei is a popular figure. He is chubby and unruly, roams the countryside barefoot with a sack and staff, and entertains children with his carefree laughter. In the Japanese music ...
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In the footsteps of Hiroshige

When I was back in London last summer, I came across Carl Randall’s painting, Mr Kitazawa’s Noodle Bar, Tokyo‚ while wandering through the National Portrait Gallery’s BP Portrait Award 2012 exhibition. The way ...
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Taoism

Tao Okamoto is not a typical Japanese bijin (“beautiful woman”) even though she embodies the classic beauty imagined by artists of ancient times, as if she has stepped out of a hanging scroll of Edo-period Japa...