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Lydia Okumura, Untitled I, 1980. Installation view at BROADWAY 1602, New York. Acrylic paint and cotton string, 72 x 93 cm, Dimensions variable 72 x 96 cm, Dimensions variable.

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Lydia Okumura, Eu, o Sol e MAC [Myself, the Sun and the Museum], 1971 Masking tape on the floor at 2PM, 3:30PM and at 4:45PM Originally performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art of the University of São Paulo

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Lydia Okumura Untitled, 1976 Acrylic and pencil on paper, 76 x 56 cm

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Lydia Okumura Untitled, 1971-72 Chromed metal, cotton and paper fiber, white glue, acrylic, 35.56 x 68.58 x 43.18 cm

Lydia Okumura

Lydia Okumura (b. 1948, Brazil) actively challenges viewers to question their perception of space through sculptures, installations and works on paper that blur the line between two and three-dimensions.

Utilising simple materials such as string, glass and paint, her work dynamically balances line, plane and shadow. Working for almost 50 years, she continues to explore the realms of geometric abstraction through both re-imaginations of past installations and new work.

Okumura was born in Sao Paulo in 1948 to a Japanese immigrant family. She attended a Japanese school in Brazil – merging two very distinct cultural influences that resonate in her work. Okumura’s interest in art was awakened by her father Takashi – a prominent calligrapher. She further specialized in industrial ceramics and painting which she displayed at her first solo exhibition at Varanda Galeria in 1968. The Japanese art magazine, ‘Bijutsu Techou,’ influenced her ideas on international movements, such as Concept Art, Minimalism, Land Art and Art Povera; these influences were reflected in her artwork at the Tokyo Biennale, 1970.

After winning a prize at the 1973 São Paulo Biennale and finishing college, in 1974 Okumura was granted a 4 year scholarship at the Pratt Graphics Center in New York. Few years later, during the São Paulo Biennale of 1977 she was urged to establish this move to New York by American art critic, Gregory Battcock. In the following years, Okumura exhibited some of her most prominent paintings and installations in various galleries, institutions and collectors’ homes in New York City and São Paulo.

In 1981, Okumura realized the large scale sculpture, Installation/Instalação, in the Espaço Arena, Pinacoteca, São Paulo. In 1985, Okumura traveled to Tokyo, this time with her parents. Her travels coincided with her participation in ‘Today’s Art of Brazil,’ at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, where additional Okumura works were added to the 1980 entry in the Museum’s permanent collection. Since returning to the US in 1989, she has continued to produce art at her studio in Union Square, New York, where she still works.

‘Lydia Okumura: Situations’ is a survey of Okumura’s career from 1971 through today, which is currently touring selected museums in the United States. Okumura’s work is included in numerous collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan; Museo de Art Moderna, Brazil; The Akron Art Museum, Ohio; and Museum of Belas Artes, Venezuela.

LYDIA OKUMURA

1948-Born in Osvaldo Cruz, São Paulo, Brazil

1970-73 (B.F.A) Fine Arts Faculty, FAAP, São Paulo

Comprehensive Exhibition History and Bibliography

Solo Exhibitions

2017-Lydia Okumura: dentro o que existe fora; Jaqueline Martins Galeria/ Espaço Aurora, São Paulo, Brazil    

2016-Lydia Okumura: Situations, UB Art Galleries, Buffalo, NY

          Uprooting Architecture: 1.000.000mm3, Ideobox Artspace, Miami, FL

2015-The Disappearance of Perspective, BROADWAY 1602 UPTOWN & HARLEM, NY/ Wentworth House Garden, Norfolk, CT

           In Front of Light, Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

2004-Recent Circular Paintings, Galeria Deco, São Paulo, Brazil

1995-Recent Paintings, Museu de Arte da Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, Brazil

1993-Recent Works on Paper, Galerie D’art Jean-Claud Bergeron, Ottawa, Canada

1991-Recent Paintings, Kate Art Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil

1984-Objects and Installations, Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, Brazil

          Installation and Paintings, Galeria São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

          Installation and Paintings, Condeso & Lawler Gallery, New York, NY

1983-Installation and Works on Paper, Utsubo Gallery, Osaka, Japan

1982-Installation and Paintings, Condeso & Lawler Gallery, New York, NY

1981-Installation at Espaço Arena, Museu de Arte da Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, Brazil

1980-Installation and Work on Paper, Watari Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1979-Installation and Works on Paper, Utsubo Gallery, Osaka, Japan

          Installation and Works on Paper, Guinzakaigakan Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1978-Installation and Works on Paper, Nobè Gallery, New York, NY

          Inversion Plus on Both Sides, Cayman Gallery, New York, NY

1977-Graphics and Works on Paper, Nobè Gallery, New York, NY

          Registros de Experiencias de Recinto 1971-1977, Galeria do SESC Vila Nova, São Paulo, Brazil

1968-Assemblage-Relief Paintings, Varanda Galeria de Arte, São, Paulo, Brazil


Group Exhibitions

2016: Broadway 1602 Galery, New York, NY

2015: Pinta, Saludarte Foundation, Miami, Fl

2015: Metáforas Construidas, Galeria LaCometa, Bogotá, Colombia 

2015: INDEPENDENCE Art Fair, Broadway 1602 Gallery, New York, NY

2015: SIDESHOW NATION III, Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2014: Miami Basel Art Fair, Miami, Broadway 1602 Gallery, New York;

2014: “LAND OF SUNSHINE”, Japanese-Brazilian artists from the Ricardo Akagawa Collection, Gunma PrefectureMuseum, Gunma, Japan

2014: “Equipe3 1973-2014”, Installation, Museu do Solar da Marquesa, São Paulo;

2014: Equipe3 and Arte/Ação, “contra o estado das coisas- anos 70” Jaqueline Martins Gallery, São Paulo

2014: -“ULTRAPASSADO I, II”, Broadway 1602 Gallery, NY;

2014- SP-Art Fair, Galeria Jaqueline Martins, São Paulo

2014/2013/2012: SideShow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY;

2013: Frieze/London Art Fair, Jaqueline Martins Gallery, São Paulo

2011: Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York;

2010: Museo de Solidariedad Salvador Allende Collection, Museu Afro-Brasileiro, São Paulo;

2009: Objeto Imaginado, Centro Cultural Vergueiro, São Paulo; “Cultura Japonesa na Arte Brasileira – Abraços na Arte: Brasil Japão”,

Palacete das Artes Rodin Bahia, Salvador, Bahia;

2008:“Contemporary Art Yokohama-São Paulo ArtProject”, Iwasaki Museum, Yokohama, Japan; “100 Anos de Arte Nikkei no Brasil,

MUBE (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília);“Laços do Olhar”, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo; “Nipo-Brasileiros no Acêrvo”,

Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo; “Arte. Brasil-Japão. Moderno e Atual”, MAC/USP Cidade Universitária, São Paulo;

Other Dimensions of Abatract Art, Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York

2003: UNICID- Universidade da Cidade de São Paulo/Museu da Casa Brasileira, São Paulo

2001: Galeria Espaço-Euroarte, São Paulo

1991: Perspectives/Perspectivas: Onetwentyeight Gallery, New York/ Atelier Coletivo de Olinda, PE, Brazil

1997: “Japanese/Brazilian Women’s Exhibition”, Museu de Arte Nipo-Brasileiro, São Paulo

1996: ”Interiores”, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro

1995~1996: “Contemporary Japanese-Brazilian Art Traveling Exhibition”, Museums in São Paulo, Niigata, Tokushima, Gifu and Tokyo

1995: “Contemporary Japanese/Brazilian Artists”, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo;

“Five Artists”,Toki Art Gallery, São Paulo;

1993: “Mares Navegados”, Mosteiro dos Jerônimos, Lisboa, Portugal

1991: “The Awakening/El Despertar”, The Discover Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut, NY

1987: “Art of the Americas”, International Monetary Fund, Washington; “Emminent Immigrants”, Newhouse Gallery, Snug Harbor, SI, NY

1986: “Exuberant Abstraction”, Modern Art Consultants, New York, NY

1985: “Today’s Art of Brazil”, The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

1983: International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Braazil; Center for Interamerican Relations, New York, NY

1981: “Contemporary Art of Latin America”, The National Museum of Osaka; The International Biennial of Medellin, Colombia

PS1,Long Island City, New York;

1980: “Installation/Two Artists”, Pratt Institute Gallery, New York; AIR Gallery, New York; VI International Biennial of Drawings, Rijeka,

Yugoslavia; Imigração 70, SESC Campestre, São Paulo, SP, Brasil

1979: “Three Artists”, Crambrook Academy of Arts, Michigan; “Recent Acquisitions”, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York;

V Contemporary Art Festival DAEGU, Korea; International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

1978: CAPS Grantee Exhibition, NY; International Exhibition of Original Drawings, Museum of Modern Art, Rijeka, Yugoslavia;

1977: Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana; XII International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

1976:“Decade of 70’s”, CAYC, Buenos Ayres/Museum of Contemporary Art, São Paulo; Pratt Graphic’s Center Annual Exhibition, NY;

XV International Exhibition of Drawings, Fundacion Miró, Barcelona, Spain; IV International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Krakow,

Poland, V International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Rijeka, Yugoslavia; III International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Norway; IV

International Biennial of Graphic Arts, Frechen, West Germany; Salalm, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana;

IMAN/New York, Center for Interamerican Relations, New York, NY;

1975:  International Graphis Arts Biennial, Ljubriana, Slovenia; “Three Artists Installation”, Estudio Actual Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela;

Brazilian Art Festival, Birmingham Museum of Arts, Alabama, USA

1974: “Prospectiva”, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, Salão de Arte Contemporânea de Santo André;

1973: Equipe3-International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo

1972: Annual Plastic Arts of FAAP, São Paulo

IV Salão Jovem; Arte Contemporânea, Museu de Arte Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Campinas;

Salão de Arte Contemporanea, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Campinas, SP;

“Acontecimentos” Museu de Are Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo;

National Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo

1971: “Arte Conceitual”, SESC-Vila Nova, São Paulo; Salão de Arte Contemporânea de Santo André, SP;

JAC, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo


1969:  Special Juror Reference, 1º Encontro Jundiaience de Arte, São Paulo
Menção Honrosa, XIII Salão de Artes Plásticas do Grupo SEIBI, São Paulo

1968:  XII Salão de Artes Plásticas do Grupo Seibi, São Paulo,

1967:  IV Salão do Trabalho, São Paulo

Grants & Awards

1979/80: Travel/Residency Grant, The Japan Foundation, Tokyo

1978: CAPS-Creative Artists’ Public Service Grant, New York

1978: Purchase Prize, International Graphics Biennial, Fredrikstad, Norway

1977: Pratt Graphics Center Annual Prize, New York

1977: International Biennial of São Paulo Prize, São Paulo

1973: Secretaria de Arte, Cultura e Turismo Prize, International Biennial of São Paulo, São Paulo;

1972: Annie Alvares Penteado Annual Exhibition Prize, FAAP, São Paulo

1972-Purchase Prize, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Campinas, SP

1971: Joven Arte Contemporanea-Museu de Arte Contemporanea da Universidade de São Paulo   

1969: Special Juror Reference, 1º Encontro Jundiaience de Arte, SP
          Menção Honrosa, XIII Salão de Artes Plásticas do Grupo SEIBI, São Paulo

1968: Bronze Medal, Salão SEIBI, São Paulo, SP

1967: Honorable Mention, Salão do Trabalho, SESC, São Paulo, SP

1962: Special Reference, III Salão Nacional Infanto-Juvenil da Aliança Cultural Brasil-Japan, São Paulo

Public Collections

– Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

– The Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

– Contemporary Graphic Art Collection, Friedrikstadt, Norway

– Museum of Belas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela

– Museum of Modern Art, Bogota, Colombia

– Pinacoteca do Estado, São Paulo, SP

– Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo, SP

– Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP

– Itamaraty Palace-Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brasilia, DF

– Mario de Andrade Public Library, São Paulo, SP

– Museu de Arte Brasileira, São Paulo, SP

– Museu de Arte do Parlamento, São Paulo, SP

– Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art, Kobe, Japan

– Collection of Art of the City of São Paulo/Centro Cultural São Paulo, São Paulo, SP

– Akron Museum of Art, Ohio

– Museo de Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile

– IBM Atlanta/ Equitable, NY/Tupperware, Fl

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