My research explores innovations in art, curation and supporting systems of artists made by Japan's so-called "first alternative space" - Sagacho Exhibit Space. Focusing on its early years between 1983 and 1990 and placing its activities in the corporate-led philanthropic culture of the time, I will examine the gallery's contributions to the art industry and the public. Archival, historical and interview-based research methods are being used as my methodology. The 1980s Japanese art has long been a neglected area, despite the recent global revisionism on post-war Japanese art. Filling this gap is the main objective of my PhD project.
I have worked as an art journalist since 2002, specialising in British, European and Japanese art, and mainly writing for Japanese specialist magazines. I launched the art website, fogless: London art diary in 2001 (-2010). I have been London correspondent for Bijutsu Techo since 2005, and have covered more than 400 exhibitions. Since 2010, I have regularly contributed articles for the British Council Japan's website. The artists covered range from JMW Turner and Hokusai to post-YBA and post-Murakami generations.
In 2016, I co-curated an exhibition of the 2015 Turner Prize winner, Assemble, "Assemble: Community, Fantasy and Future" for Eye of Gyre, Tokyo.
In 2017, I joined the Visual & Material Culture Research Centre, Kingston School of Art as Research Associate, to contribute to research projects focused on post-war Japanese art.
A full list of my articles (up to June 2016: Japanese): www.fogless.net/site/toyokoito.htm
My articles in CiNii Articles Database (Japanese): https://ci.nii.ac.jp/nrid/9000010019664
Selected Recent Articles
Ito, Toyoko (2018) A journey to trace the life of Edvard Munch, Bijutsu Techo, 1072 (10), pp. 4 - 19.
Ito, Toyoko (2018) A.K. Dolven Interview, Bijutsu Techo, 1072 (10), pp. 108 - 111.
Ito, Toyoko (2018) Emma Chambers Interview: A new territory of nude, Geijutsu Shincho, 69 (4), pp. 63 - 68.
Ito, Toyoko (2018) David Hockney's continually expanding new horizons, Geijutsu Shincho, 69 (3), pp. 54 - 55.
Ito, Toyoko (2017) Hokusai specialists interview: Asano Shugo x Timothy Clark, in Katsushika Hokusai, ed. Bijutsu Techo pp. 97-103.
Ito, Toyoko (2017) Report: La Biennale di Venezia 2017, Bijutsu Techo, 69 (7), pp. 44 - 55.
Ito, Toyoko (2017) Olafur Eliasson Interview, Bijutsu Techo, 69 (7), pp. 36 - 39.