Exhibition visitors in front of “Ruhr Valley”

Exhibition visitors in front of “Ruhr Valley”

One of Tokyo’s architectural landmarks, The National Art Center, is easily the best venue for the first Japanese solo exhibition of the leading German contemporary photographer slash visual artist, Andreas Gursky. Spacious, unorthodox design of the building provides the perfect backdrop for the works of the acclaimed architecture-savvy mind manipulator. There is hardly anything new to say about 65 photographs of varying scale hand-picked by Gursky himself that wasn’t already said — deliberately presented here in a non-chronological order, they are every inch as good as you’d expect them to be.
Most visitors will be likely drawn to the artist’s puzzling, detail-rich works, but there is something truly mesmerizing in the Puritan simplicity of his early, Gerhard Richter inspired photographs, the DNA of which is seen throughout, from his record-breaking “Rhein II” to the mind-blowing “Antarctic.” Regardless of what your preferences might be, this is one show you wouldn’t want to miss. Through September 16th.

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