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RAKUKO

NAITO

Rakuko Naito was born in Tokyo, Japan, and attended Ferris Girls School from 1958 to 1954. She graduated from the Tokyo National University of Art in 1958, where she majored in traditional Japanese painting. Following graduation, she moved to New York and briefly attended the Art Students League in search of a less conventional method of working. During the mid-1960s, Naito moved away from textured oil paintings. Through a friend, she met Abstract Expressionist artist Sam Francis, who introduced her to acrylic paint. Working with acrylics, spray paint, and masking tape she created work that emphasized flatness and downplayed the artists hand. She also experimented with integrating such materials as sand, nails, and wire into her geometric, colorless works to explore texture and materiality.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2009  

NOMA GALLERY in San Francisco, CA

 

2007  

Galerie Renate Bender in Munich, Germany

 

2004  

“Art Paris” by Denise Cade Gallery in Paris, France

 

2003  

Tamada Project in Tokyo, Japan

 

2003  

Galerie Renate Bender in Munich, Germany

 

1992  

Sakura Gallery in Nagoya, Japan

 

1982  

Gimpel+Hanover & Andre Emmerich Galerien in Zurich, Germany

 

1981  

Akira Ikeda Gallery in Nagoya, Japan

 

1978  

Charleston Art Museum of Sunrise in West Virginia

 

1972  

Henri Gallery in Washington D.C

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2009  

International Women Artists’ Biennale at Incheon, Korea

 

2008  

“New American Abstraction 1960-‘75” Gary Snyder Project Space, NYC

 

2007  

“Papierwelten” Galerie Renate Bender. Munich, Germany

 

2005  

“Neutral” The Lab Gallery at Roger Smith, Curated by Robert C. Morgan. NYC

“Papier=Kunst 5” Neuen Kunstvereins Aschaffenburg, Germany

 

1999  

Galerie Renate Bender, Munich, Germany

 

1984  

Robert Brown Contemporary Art, Washington D.C

 

1979  

Nancy Roth Gallery, Katonah, New York

 

1974  

“Tokyo International Biennale” Tokyo, Japan

 

COLLECTIONS

 

The Larry Aldrich Museum, Miami-Dade Community College, Kemper Art Collection, Roland Gibson Art Foundation, State University at Potsdam, Wellesley College Davis Museum, and numerous public and private collections.

Untitled (RN836-3-1/2'12), 2012, paper, 36 x 36 x 3.5 inches

Untitled (RN836-3-1/2'12), 2012, paper, 36 x 36 x 3.5 inches

Untitled (RN1936-3-1/2'13), 2013, paper, 36 x 36 x 3.5 inches