TOKO SHINODA TOKO SHINODA

TOKO SHINODA

TOKO SHINODA
TOKO SHINODA

Shinoda Toko(March 28, 1913-March 1, 2021) is a Japanese artist, printmaker and essayist. Born in an artistic family, her cousin is the film director Masahiro Shinoda, and her nephew is the architect Shigeru Wakayama. 


She was born in Dailin, a Japanese concession in 1913. She followed her father to learn calligraphy since 5. After that, except for learning in girls' school, she learnt calligraphy by herself at most of the time. For several years from 1950, Shinoda Tokog had a lot of exchanges with avant-garde writers who belonged to the Academy of Calligraphy Art. In 1956, she moved to the United States, which was at the peak of abstract expressionist painting, and began to create. 


Shinoda Toko creates a new ink style that  breaks the rules of traditions. She uses Japanese painting materials such as ink, gold leaf, silver leaf, gold mud, silver mud, and vermilion mud on Japanese paper to create a variety of expressions with limited colors. This kind of ink abstract painting is called ”Inkage”. During her stay in the United States, Shinoda held several solo exhibitions, which received high praise. Yet, she returned to Japan due to the dry climate of the United States, which is not suitable for ink painting. Since then, she has been creating in Japan and has published her own works in various countries; in recent years, she has also engaged in lithographic printing.

ARTWORKS

MAJOR EXHIBITIONS,COLLECTIONS

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Sumi: Japanese Ink Painting From Post-War to the Present (SEIZAN Gallery, New York)
2015
The Tolman Collection’s 103 Views of Toko Shinoda (Conrad Tokyo, Tokyo)
2013
Toko Shinoda A Lifetime of Accomplishment (Musee Tomo, Tokyo)
2012
Guided by the Brushes (The Tolman Collection, New York)
2009
Japanese Femininity—Shinoda, Iwami, Matsubara, Oda and Shiomi (Sinebrychoff Art Museum, Helinski)
2003
Toko Shinoda: Variations of Vermillion (Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo)
1996
Toko Shinoda: Visual Poetry (Singapore Art Museum, Singapore)
1994
Japanese Art after 1945: Scream against the Sky (Yokohama Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Art)
1982
Silver and Black (Galerie Tokoro, Tokyo)
1957
Solo Exhibition (Bertha Schaefer’s Gallery, New York)
Solo Exhibition (Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago)
1956
Solo Exhibition (Yoseido Gallery, Tokyo)
1954
Japanese Calligraphy (The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Modern Art (New York, the USA) , Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, the USA) , Brooklyn Museum (New York, the USA) , Metropolitan Museum (New York, the USA) , The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo, Japan) , The British Museum (London, England) , The National Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA) , Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington, D.C., the USA) , The Singapore Art Museum (Singapore) , The National Museum of Singapore (Singapore) , The Kröller-Müller Museum (Gelderland, Netherlands) , The Albright–Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, New York, the USA) , The Cincinnati Art Museum (Ohio, the USA) , The Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, the USA)

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