Given

Toshio Shibata & Toeko Tatsuno

April 25 – May 25, 2013

Toshio Shibata Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, 2006

Toshio Shibata
Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, 2006
Type-c print, edition of 10
40 x 50 inches
Signed and editioned on verso

Toeko Tatsuno
 1976
Silkscreen on paper
31 x 41 inches, framed
Signed, dated, and editioned 1/5 on recto

Toshio Shibata Okutama Town, Nishitama County, Tokyo, 2006

Toshio Shibata
Okutama Town, Nishitama County, Tokyo, 2006
Type-c print, edition of 10
37½ x 46 inches framed
Signed, titled and dated on verso

Toeko Tatsuno

Toeko Tatsuno
Red, Green,  1977
Silkscreen on paper with hand work
31 x 44 inches, framed
Signed and dated on verso

Toshio Shibata Hinohara Village, Nishitama County, 1994

Toshio Shibata
Hinohara Village, Nishitama County, 1994
Gelatin silver print, edition of 10
40 x 32 inches
Signed and editioned on verso

Toeko Tatsuno
1977
Silkscreen on paper
29 x 45 inches, framed
Signed, dated, and numbered #1/1 on recto

Toshio Shibata Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture, 2004

Toshio Shibata
Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture, 2004
Type-c print, edition of 25
20 x 24 inches
Signed on verso

Toeko Tatsuno

Toeko Tatsuno
In the Afternoon, 2008
oil on canvas
35 x 46 inches
Signed, titled, and dated on verso

Toshio Shibata Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture, 2006

Toshio Shibata
Chichibu City, Saitama Prefecture, 2006
Type-c print, edition of 25
24 x 20 inches
Signed and editioned on verso

Toeko Tatsuno

Toeko Tatsuno
Two Colors, 2006
oil on canvas
29 x 36 inches
Signed, titled, and dated on verso

Press Release

Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present TOSHIO SHIBATA and TOEKO TATSUNO:  GIVEN, their first joint exhibition in New York.  Whereas Shibata’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the US, Tatsuno’s paintings have rarely been seen outside Asia.  This exhibition follows their very large two person show last year at the National Arts Center in Tokyo.

Shibata, born 1949, and Tatsuno, born 1950,  founded the collective the Cosmos Factory while classmates at the Tokyo University of the Arts.  He evolved into photography while she pursued painting and printmaking.  Both exhibit a highly abstract vision, and share many formal ideas while pursuing their individual mediums.

 

Shibata is regarded as the preeminent Japanese contemporary landscape photographer, concentrating on civil engineering projects such as dams, waterfalls, and irrigation sluices.  Tatsuno embraces abstract ideas and geometric forms creating lush paintings and one-of-a-kind prints.  Hung side by side, a lively conversation develops between photography and painting, realism and abstraction, and together they make us more aware of architectonic forms that surround us but that we rarely give our full attention.