The Easel

Archives: Ian Buruma

10th April 2018

Stray Dog

Great essay. “Moriyama [is] interested in the dreams that cities sell. [He] doesn’t need Tokyo to give us his vision of modern urban life, of the marks human beings have made on the world. These are often lurid, ugly, aggressive, and destructive. But they can also contain a perverse kind of beauty. It takes a great artist like Moriyama to make us see it.”