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Chromatic Passages (彩時期) at The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, until March 4, 2016

Chromatic Passages (彩時期) is a three person exhibit of Los Angeles based painters Kaoru Mansour, Shingo Francis and Devon Tsuno each exploring color transitions through time, space, pattern and rhythm. The opulent quality of these paintings allude to a preternatural sense of place and moment beyond material boundaries . Using movement of color to evoke the ever-changing character of all landscapes, the artists exhibit their relationship to space and form inventing different ways of organizing the pictorial field, carefully constructing the field of vision into a thematic range of light and color.

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The Art of Gaman: Art and Crafts of Japanese Internment Camps, 1942-1946

Check out the online exhibition of this 2010 Smithsonian American Art Museum, which was featured on NHK television in Japan.

The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946

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Matsumi Kanemitsu show at Sabina Lee Gallery, Los Angeles

KANEMITSU! runs from October 29th through December 18, 2010.  The Academy Award-nominated documentary film “Four Stones For Kanemitsu” is shown. The gallery will extend its hours on Saturday, November 6 from 11 to 9 PM in conjunction with neighboring events taking place in Chinatown.

For further inquiries please contact Dane Johnson at or at (213) 620-9404.


Sabina Lee Gallery

Matsumi Kanemitsu


October 29 – December 18, 2010

Opening Reception, Friday, October 29, 2010, 6-9 PM

971 Chung King Road

Los Angeles, CA 90012

While LACMA’s “Kanemitsu in California during the 1960s and 1970s” (2008) showed the allure of Matsumi Kanemitsu’s mastery for sensual lines, which stealthily portrayed an ominous tone of American society back then, from a selection in the museum’s permanent collection, the gallery show at Sabina Lee Gallery presents a variety of never-before-shown nudes of this Japanese American painter persona. Still fondly recalled as Mike, nicknamed by his friend Jackson Pollock, Kanemitsu’s works are records of a man’s determination and journey that took him to the 442nd Infantry, to studio visits with Picasso in Paris, to interact among the painters of the New York School as well as with Mark Rothko and Paul Jenkins, and to collaborate with June Wayne, who founded the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1960 to proliferate the fine art of lithography in the United States. Living in fascinating but turbulent times, Kanemitsu’s life began and ended in the twentieth-century American West but was molded under militaristic pre-war Japan. His decision to return to the United States at the dawn of World War II lead to enduring racism and hardship, but he chose to pay a price for his freedom and passion. His nude drawings as well as his comical and autobiographical Mickey Mouse lithographs portray a universal American tale of survival and dream. It is no secret that pornography has paid the bills of numbers of once-struggling but successful figures in the arts. Kanemitsu’s works show no shame in sometimes explicit images, but even more, illustrate it beautifully, comically, sensually and perhaps even sentimentally. Sabina Lee Gallery in Chinatown, not far from his studio in the artists district in downtown Los Angeles, seems an appropriate space to share some of Kamemitsu’s more private works. For the collectors of and novices to Kanemitsu’s works, this show will be an introduction to another side of this prolific painter and aspires to be an inspiration to future generations of emerging artists, whom Kanemitsu wished to encourage to pursue their love and to live life without regrets.

Ayako Yoshida

Independent curator

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MFA Students: Apply for a CAA Fellowship

Full details on the recently restored Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts, including the application form, have just been posted to the CAA website.

Later this fall, CAA will award five grants of $5,000 each to outstanding students who will receive MFA degrees in calendar year 2011. Honorable mentions, awarded at the discretion of the jury, will receive a free one-year CAA membership and complimentary registration to the Annual Conference.

CAA’s Professional-Development Fellowships in the Visual Arts offer financial assistance to promising MFA candidates. Fellows are honored with grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio. CAA believes a grant of this kind, without contingencies, can best facilitate the transition between graduate studies and professional careers.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, October 1, 2010.

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The College Art Association supports all practitioners and interpreters of visual art and culture, including artists and scholars, who join together to cultivate the ongoing understanding of art as a fundamental form of human expression. Representing its members’ professional needs, CAA is committed to the highest professional and ethical standards of scholarship, creativity, connoisseurship, criticism, and teaching.

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The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles and Japanese American Cultural and Community Center present Winter Garden: The Exploration of the Micropop Imagination in Contemporary Japanese Art


Renowned art critic Midori Matsui is the curator for this exhibit that boasts a wide spectrum of work, including the world of “Micropop” as embodied by a generation of 14young Japanese artists who came onto the scene from the latter half of the 1990s throughout the first decade of the 21th Century. “Micropop,” a word coined by Matsui, refers to the unique worldview of artists who rearrange diverse fragments of information and knowledge to give new meanings and uses to things that are outdated and commonplace.


Artists include: Tam OchiaiRyoko AokiHiroshi SugitoKeisuke Yamamoto , Lyota YagiKoki TanakaAya Takano , Mahomi KunikataMakiko KudoTaro Izumi,Masanori HandaHiroe SaekiChimPom, and Masaya Chiba.


Saturday, June 12 ~ Sunday, July 18, 2010

Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

George J. Doizaki Gallery

244 S. San Pedro Street,

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Galley Hours
Tuesday-Friday, 12-5pm

Saturday-Sunday 11am-4pm
Closed Monday and Holidays

Admission Free

For more Information: 213.628.2725 ex 133   Gavin Kelly

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DEADLINE MAY 7: Visual Arts Internship applications are being accepted at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

Visual Arts Internship applications are being accepted at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles announces it has been awarded a Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship Grant from the Getty Foundation.

The purpose of the grant is to increase the diversity in professions related to museums and visual arts.  The internships are intended specifically for outstanding students who are members of groups currently underrepresented in these professions, including individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander descent.

The Visual Arts Intern will work directly with the Visual Arts department in the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, experiencing first-hand the work, organization and installation that goes into setting up this summer’s programs, including the 70th Annual Nisei Week exhibitions in August.

To be eligible for the Visual Arts Internship candidates must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, having completed at least one semester of college by June 2010 or will graduate by of before September 2010.  Candidates must be a resident of or attend college in Los Angeles County. Intern candidates may come from any area of undergraduate study and are not required to have demonstrated a previous commitment to the visual arts.

The intern will receive a gross salary of $3,500 for a ten-week period at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Internships are a full-time position running from June 14 through August 20, 2009.

Those interested in applying for the position may forward their resume, a personal statement (no more than 500 words, double-spaced, typed) and two letters of recommendation attention to Gavin Kelley, JACCC, 244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Fax (213) 617-8576 or Email Kelley@jaccc.orgby noon on Friday, May 7, 2010.

Finalists will be contacted for a phone interview by May 10 and must be prepared for an in-person interview on Wednesday, May 12 and Thursday, May 13, 2010.

For more information please contact Gavin Kelley at (213) 628-2725 ext. 133.

This information was found in, providing great, current information about Japanese art and culture with people in Southern California, Las Vegas, and Phoenix.

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APRIL 24, Downtown Los Angeles. Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps

Hidden Legacy: A tribute to teachers of Japanese traditional arts in the wartime WRA camps, featuring seven living artists of that period, will be held on Saturday, April 24 at Koyasan Buddhist Temple, 342 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

The program will start at 3 pm, featuring performances of classical odori (dance), biwa (5-string lute-like instrument), nagauta shamisen, koto, and Bon Odori (dance to honor the dead).

From 4 pm, discussion will take place with the featured artists, and panel moderator Prof. Jere Takahashi, Lecturer of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Admission are suggested donation $20 for general, $15 for seniors and students with ID. For information and reservations, call (213) 628-2725 ext.133, or email Gavin Kelley

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