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Friday 02.15.13

« Jean Michel Basquiat Valentine | Main | Weekend Performances »

Toko Shinoda at Portland's Japanese Garden

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Toko Shinoda, Gratitude (lithograph)

Portland's fantastic Japanese Garden is kicking off its 50th anniversary year visual arts programming with an exhibition of drawings and prints by Toko Shinoda. At 100 years old Shinoda is herself a Japanese national treasure and innovator in calligraphy drawing from both abstract expressionism and minimalism as well as the long history of Japanese Calligraphy. Those who know their history know that both avant garde American art movements had more than a few path crossings with the traditional art form. Curated by Norman Tolman, the exhibition will present one work work from each year of the garden's existence.

According to the garden's PR: "Working in a medium that traces its roots back 3,000 years to ancient China, Shinoda was influenced by the Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1950s and today her works combine a refined minimalism with a dynamic abstract energy. Her masterful brushstrokes are often complemented with a subtle touch of color and convey a Zen-like sense of tranquility. Interviewed by The Japan Times on the occasion of her 90th birthday, Shinoda described her work as, 'a balance between dynamism and traditional elegance.'"

50 Prints & Paintings, Toko Shinoda at 100
February 15 - March 17th
Portland Japanese Garden
611 SW Kingston

Posted by Jeff Jahn on February 15, 2013 at 6:23 | Comments (0)


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