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Toyo Tsuchiya — 'Six O'Clock Observed' | Asian America Arts Center | 26 Bowery | New York | Lower East Side | Through June 26 | Review by HOLLAND COTTER | Published in: New York Times, June 18, 1999 | The photographer Toyo Tsuchiya moved from Japan to New York in 1980. This modest midcareer survey is a sampling of the kind of pictures he took in the city -- part diary, part document -- almost daily from the moment of arrival.
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ASIAN AMERICAN ARTS CENTRE | Archive | New York | The major photograph works of Toyo Tsuchiya began after he joined and became involved in the activities of a group of the artists of the Lower East Side in the 1980's called the Rivington School. Resisting the commercialization, being contemptuous of conventional career strategies and heavily inspired by neo-expressionism and graffiti art in the 1980's, the artists of the Rivington School shared a spirit of art brut or outsider art. Their works, in which art, music and performance were intermingled, were all about the fringe activities taking place in the working class, mostly Hispanic neighborhood centered below Houston Street on Rivington Street. Working with the artists of the group, Toyo took performance art photos focusing on No Se No, one of the gathering spots of the artists of this school where his documentation was put on the walls the day after the performance. Consequently, these works formed an intricate part of No Se No's social life and events, functioning as a record to serve the community. His photos have been exhibited at spaces across the Lower East Side and in Japan, remaining as the best documentation of the Rivington School's street works after the sight was bulldozed in 1987.