Japanese photographer Asako Narahashi’s first major retrospective, Coming Close and Getting Further Away, opened last week at the Tokyo Art Museum in Chofu (near my old high school!) Narahashi began he career in 1989 right after graduating from Waseda University’s fine arts program. After maintaining a presence in Japan all the way through the early 2000s, Narahashi won the hearts of critics abroad with her widely acclaimed series,  “half awake and half asleep in the water,” which was shown in Toronto, New York and Australia.

If you’ve never been to the Tokyo Art Museum now is a great time to go. Designed by Ando Tadao, the structure is indeed an exemplary work of Tadao that features his characteristic minimalist concrete look. To compensate for the lack of images from Narahashi, I have included some striking ones of the Museum.

half awake and half asleep in the water