Stuart Munro is a writer, critic and researcher based in Tokyo. Among other things, he has interviewed Shinro Ohtake at his studio in Uwajima, written a catalogue essay for the French artist Charles Munka, the Belgian painter Pieter Vermeersch and curated an exhibition in Tokyo for Vienna-based artists Christoph Meier and Ute Müller. He has published internationally, writing for Art Basel, ArtReview, Mousse, The Wire magazine and more.

stuart@stuartmunro.net


2024
Force Fields: The charged paintings of Nobuya Hitsuda, Comi-Comi 12 (January 21, 2024)

2023
Soon it would be too hot: Gabriel Hartley & Reina Sugihara in conversation, Comi-Comi 11 (October 25, 2023)
Talk event: Gabriel Hartley, Reina Sugihara, Stuart Munro at Hagiwara Projects, Koto-ku (September 23, 2023)
Art Week Tokyo 2023 preview, Art Basel (September 16, 2023)
Tokyo: Charles Munka at INS Studio, Tokyo, in Art Asia Pacific 135 (Sept-Oct, 2023)
“Deserted Echo,” a spoken word piece for Radio Desertion, part of Manifesto DESERTION by DebatikCenter of Contemporary Art at ZETA Contemporary Art Center, Tirana, Albania (July 4–September 11, 2023)
“Restoration Project” (catalogue essay) for Tameshigaki (lignes de vies) at INS Studio (June 2023)
Sanya Kantarovsky ‘After birth’ at Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto, Art Basel (April 28, 2023)
Return Journey, The World of Interiors (April 19, 2023)
Outside Broadcast, Comi-Comi 10 (February 22, 2023)
Leaving Uwajima, heading home, Comi-Comi 09 (January 29, 2023)
On Site: Shinro Ohtake at National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, in The Wire 468 (Jan-Feb, 2023)

2022
Leaving Uwajima Station: In the studio with Shinro Ohtake, Art Basel (October 28, 2022
Still Alive, Contemporary Hum (October 18, 2022)
Rirkrit Tiravanija brings the 2022 Okayama Art Summit back to earth, Art Basel (September 27, 2022)
Curated exhibition: Ute Müller and Christoph Meier ‘The Far Side’ at Komagome SOKO, Tokyo (September 14–25, 2022)
Real Things from a Dream, in Study of Americana: Washington, D.C. Region 1978. Tokyo, Osiris (2022)
Horizontal, Vertical, Cemetery & Sky, Comi-Comi 08 (January 25, 2022)

2021
Daggers thrown at Stars, Comi-Comi 07, November 26, 2021
Clear Intention: Art Collaboration Kyoto, Art Asia Pacific. November 25, 2021
A Shot in the Dark: Whole Earth Catalog and Earthshot, in ArtReview. October, 2021 [online]
Celestial Nobodies, in ARTnews – October-November issue. October 1, 2021
Members of the World Show, Comi-Comi 06, September 06, 2021
Zone Tripper, Comi-Comi 05, July 22, 2021
On Location: Friction, Club Citta, Kawasaki, Japan, in The Wire #450. August, 2021
Wish you were here, Comi-Comi 04, May 26, 2021
Modern Lovers, in Œ Case Files, Vol. 01. Punctum Books, May 13 2021
Nerves and New Skin, Comi-Comi 03, April 26, 2021
Positive entropy, Comi-Comi 02, April 8, 2021
Burn it down, build it up, Comi-Comi 01, March 29, 2021
Hiroko Komatsu – Lost in this Town, DTWT. January 24, 2021

2020
“What is Like the Present,” DTWT, December 18, 2020
core of bells: WEEKEND, Fujisawa City Art Center, December 18, 2020
“Copyright Liberation Front,” DTWT, October 27, 2020
“Noriyuki Haraguchi – Swallowing Paper Planes,” DTWT, August 5, 2020
“Kōji Enokura’s watercolours,” DTWT, July 18, 2020

2019
“Misako & Rosen” (Interview), People Make Places, December 2019
“Okayama Art Summit 2019: IF THE SNAKE,” ArtReview Asia, November 2019
“Radical things,” Apartamento magazine, May 16, 2019
Perrotin Yearbook #28, April 2019
“Moving Billboard,” DTWT, March 18, 2019
“Nathan Hylden,” For Now and So, Hakgojae, February 2019

2018
“PIETER VERMEERSCH” (Press release), Perrotin Tokyo, July 11, 2018
“Münster Sculpture Project, Sagamihara,” DTWT, September 9, 2018
“Nathan Hylden: For Now and So at MISAKO & ROSEN,” Mousse magazine, June 20, 2018

2017
Talk event: Aquarium of the Eye w/ Osamu Kanemura at POST Ebisu (December 20, 2017)
“As Salaam Mosque, Okachimachi,” Brownbook 64, July/August 2017
“Chai Siris: Unimagined Communities at Komagome Soko,” DTWT, July 27, 2017
“Modern Lovers,” Organs Everywhere 5, October 2017
“Tsushima Art Fantasia (photo report),” Art Asia Pacific, October 2, 2017
“Hikaru Suzuki, Reiji Saito: Video Screening at KAYOKOYUKI,” DTWT, September 1, 2017
“Toshio Matsumoto: Everything Visible is Empty at The Empty Gallery,” Mousse magazine, November 1, 2017
“Shimon Minamikawa: A Language All Your Own at MISAKO & ROSEN,” Art Asia Pacific, October 2017
“Dorothea Rockburne, Kwon Young-woo, Rakuko Naito: Systemic Paper at Blum & Poe Tokyo,” Mousse magazine, June 2017
“Ei Arakawa: Tryst at Taka Ishii Gallery,” Art Asia Pacific 103, May/June 2017

2016
“Kishio Suga: Ways to investigate an unknown thing,” Mousse magazine 55, October 2016
“Reiji Saito, Hyslom, & Masaya Chiba in Kyoto,” DTWT, April 9, 2016
“Ryudai Takano: When the absence of light touches the ground, distance is lost and distance created at Yumiko Chiba Associates,” Art Asia Pacific, December 2016
“Otani Workshop: When I Was Seventeen, I Learned About Giacometti From My Art Teacher and Became Drawn to Sculpture—and So I Make Sculptures Now at Kaikai Kiki Gallery,” Art Asia Pacific, December 2016
“Makoto Aida: Let us dream of evanescence at Mizuma Art Gallery,” Art Asia Pacific 101, November/December 2016
“Osamu Kanemura: Buddha Virus Suicide Attack at The White,” Art Asia Pacific 99, July/August 2016
“Robert Morris & Kishio Suga at Blum & Poe Tokyo,” e-flux Criticism (art-agenda), May 4, 2016
“Leo Pellegatta: The Sound and Vision of Migration at Kanzan Gallery,” Tokyo Art Beat, March 12, 2016
“Matt Saunders: Two Worlds at Blum & Poe Tokyo,” Art Asia Pacific, March 2016
“Don’t Follow the Wind – Non-Visitor Center at Watarium,” OCULA, January 6, 2016
“Re: play 1972/2015: Restaging Expression in Film ‘72 at MOMAT,” OCULA, January 6, 2016

2015
“Profile: Ryutaro Takahashi, a Mind for Collecting,” Sotheby’s Magazine, September/August 2015
“Profile: Daito Manabe & Mikiko Mizuno” Good Magazine, Summer 2015
“Will Rogan: Clocks and other problems at MISAKO & ROSEN,” Art Asia Pacific, November 2015
“Omer Fast: 5000 Feet is the Best / Her Face Was Covered at Taro Nasu Gallery,” DTWT, October 30, 2015
“Obituary: Takuma Nakahira (1938–2015),” Azito, October 5, 2015
“Three Museum Exhibitions,” OCULA, September 16, 2015
“Andrew Kerr: The gallery is beside a church, apartments and a small park with fountain at Rat Hole Gallery,” e-flux Criticism (art-agenda), September 3, 2015
“Stephen G. Rhodes: The Twelf Hobby: Lober xxbbyj, Religious Freedom Sex Magick at MISAKO & ROSEN,” Art Asia Pacific, June 2015
“Mori Art Museum reopens with exhibition Simple Forms’,” Azito, April 25, 2015
“Yoshihiko Ueda: A Life with Camera at Gallery 916,” The Japan Times, April  21, 2015
“Comedie concrète at MISAKO & ROSEN,” Art Asia Pacific, April 2015

2014
“Crash-landing in Tokyo: Osamu Kanemura’s Photographic Love Song,” Elephant Magazine, September 2014
“The Family is a Pubis: Motoyuki Daifu and Tokyo,” Elephant Magazine, September 2014
“Ken Kagami: How Kakkoii Are You?” Elephant Magazine, September 2014
“Border town: Go Itami’s Tokyo,” Elephant Magazine, September 2014
“Throwing caution to the wind,” DTWT, December 8, 2014
“Sanomagic,” DTWT, July 24, 2014
“J!ns Meme: “How do you feel?” Rhizomatiks, May 2014
“Mikiko Hara: These Are Days (Book),” Art Asia Pacific, December 2014
“Dave Muller: Sublime Memory Garden at Blum & Poe Tokyo,” Art Asia Pacific, November 2014
“Photographs by Five at Zeit-Foto Salon,” The Japan Times, October 23, 2014
“Daisuke Yokota, Kazuo Yoshida: Expanded Retina 2 at G/P gallery SHINONOME,” The Japan Times, August 21, 2014
“Sapporo International Art Festival,” Kaleidoscope, August 2014
“Transmission” (Naoya Hatakeyama + Shuji Akagi) at Studio 35 Minutes,” Kaleidoscope, August 2014
“Lee Ufan at Kaikai Kiki Gallery,” Kaleidoscope, August 2014
“The Way of Painting at Tokyo Opera City Gallery,” DTWT, August 2014
“Nao Tsuda: On the Mountain Path at Gallery 916,” The Japan Times, July 17, 2004
“Jellyfish Eyes at The Smithsonian,” Kaleidoscope, May 2014
“Tsubaki-kai 2014 at Shiseido Gallery,” The Japan Times, May 7, 2014
“Roppongi Art Nite 2014,” The Japan Times, April 17, 2014
“Gozo: Shoko Hashimoto at Zeit-Foto Salon,” The Japan Times, March 19, 2014
“Ken Kagami, Bronze Works 2012-13 at MISAKO & ROSEN,” Kaleidoscope, March 2014
“Whispering Gallery: SANAA at Towada Art Center,” Domus, February 2014
“Private Utopia: Contemporary Art from the British Council Collection at Tokyo Station Gallery,” The Japan Times, February 13, 2014

2013
“Well dressed yet clinically dead,” Design Ecologies Journal 2:2 (Co-edited), July 2013
“Daisuke Yokota: There Will Be Blood”, Tokyo Art Beat, March 3, 2013
“The Island Over There: How Culture Travels in Japanese Contemporary Art,” Broadsheet 42.2, December 2013
“The Architecture of Theatre,” DTWT, April 7, 2013
“The Green Prince,” Snetha-noir, December 2013
“Portrait, Kazumi Kurigami at Gallery 916,” The Japan Times, November 13, 2013
“Luke Fowler & Toshiya Tsunoda: LEADER AS GUTTER at Taka Ishii Gallery,” Tokyo Art Beat, October 8, 2013
“SURVIVE! at Towada Art Center,” The Japan Times, October 2, 2013
“Kozo Miyoshi: 1972~ at Gallery 916”, The Japan Times, September 11, 2013
“Shuji Terayama: Knock at The Watarium,” The Japan Times, September 6, 2013
“Five British Artists at 8/ ART GALLERY/ Tomio Koyama Gallery,” The Japan Times, August 21, 2013
“Kazuhiko Hachiya: OpenSky 3.0 at 3331 Arts Chiyoda,” The Japan Times, August 7, 2013
“Unconsciousness of the City at MOMAT,” The Japan Times, July 10, 2013
“Gregor Schneider at TOLOT/heuristic SHINONOME,“ The Japan Times, July 10, 2013
“Sophie Calle at Hara Museum of Contemporary Art,” The Japan Times, June 20, 2013
“Daido Moriyama: 1965~ at Gallery 916,”The Japan Times, June 13, 2013
“Zevs: Heaven at The Container,” The Japan Times, June 6, 2013
“JR at the Watarium,” The Japan Times, April 4, 2013
“Roppongi Art Night 2013,” The Japan Times, March 21, 2013
“Design Ah at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT,” The Japan Times, March 14, 2013
“Beatriz Inglessis: On Mosquitoes, Humans, and Other Animals at The Container,” The Japan Times, February 7, 2013
“Japanese Junction 3 at Hagiso,” The Japan Times, January 3, 2013

2012
“Above the Ground, Beneath the Surface,” Art Design Publishing (Co-edited), October 2012
“Taiji Matsue: Surficial Survey at Izu Photo Museum,” The Japan Times, December 6, 2012
“The People by Kishin at Tokyo Opera City Gallery,” The Japan Times, December 6, 2012
“Ikko Tanaka and Future/Past/East/West of Design at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT,” The Japan Times, November 29, 2012
“Alejandro Chaskielberg at Gallery 916,“ The Japan Times, November 1, 2012
“Waiting for the first trian at Tokyo Station Gallery,” The Japan Times, October 11, 2012
“Hideki Nakazawa: Systems and Methods in Hidden Functions at The Container,” The Japan Times, September 20, 2012
“Masayoshi Sukita at Tokyo Museum of Photography,” The Japan Times, September 6, 2012
“Hideki Nakajima at Daiwa Press Viewing Room, Hiroshima” The Japan Times, August 23, 2012

2011
“Dreaming Tongues,” Design Ecologies Journal 1:1 (Co-edited), February 2011


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Stuart Munro東京を拠点に活動するライター、評論家、研究者。宇和島のアトリエで大竹伸朗にインタビューしたほか、フランスの画家Charles Munkaやベルギーの画家Pieter Vermeerschのカタログエッセイを執筆、東京ではChristoph MeierとUte Müllerの二人展をキュレーションするなど、多岐に渡って活躍している。なあ、Art Basel、ArtReview、Mousse、The Wire magazineなどに寄稿し、国際的な執活動を行っている。

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