Kikuo Saito, Japanese (1939 - 2016)

Kikou Saito

1939 Born in Tokyo, Japan
1966 Moved to New York
Residency: Duke University, January 1996
Grant: Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, 1996

Kikuo Saito was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1939 and moved to New York City in 1966. As a young man, he was a studio assistant to Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland and Larry Poons. Along with his painting practice, Saito is recognized for his poetic theater works that incorporated costumes, light, music and dance. His knowledge of choreography and stage direction directly influenced his approach to painting. Typically, he painted on the floor, circling and moving over the canvas to create each composition. The resultant works are rhythmic, gestural and expressionistic. As art critic Karen Wilkin explains, "We discover that characters from his stage pieces have been reincarnated as abstract configurations within his paintings, reborn as the records of animated gestures that retain the individuality of their sources. The backdrop of a performance has influenced the layout and the component elements of paintings. The slow rhythms of a stage piece have somehow been transubstantiated into a slow accretion of marks across a surface.”

Saito’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work is included in public and private collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Aldrich Museum, Connecticut; Duke University Museum of Art, North Carolina; AT&T Collection, New York; Estee Lauder Collection, New York; J.P. Morgan Chase Collection, New York and the World Bank, Washington, D.C. 


ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
1976 Deitcher/O'Reilly Galleries, New York, February 7 - March 4.
Deitcher/O'Reilly Galleries, New York, November 13 - December 8
1977 William Edward O'Reilly, Inc., New York, May 21 -June 11
1978 William Edward O'Reilly, Inc., New York, April 1 -29
S.G. Mathews Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, June 8 -July 19
1979 S.G. Mathews Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, May 8 -June 19
William Edward O'Reilly, Inc., New York, October 2 -November 10
1980 S.G. Mathews Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, June 12 -July 12
Salander -O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York, November 6 - 29
1981 Galerie Ulysses, Vienna, Austria, January 27 - February 28
Hett Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, June 6 - 20
Galerie Ninety-Nine, Bay Harbor Islands, Florida, October 16 - November 6
1982 Medicine Hat Museum, Alberta, Canada, January 29 -February 21
1983 Hett Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, March 19 - April 8
Salander - O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York, December1 - 31
1984 Il Punto Blu Gallery, Southampton, New York, February11 - March 28
1985 Salander -O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York, February 2 - 28
1986 Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida, January 5-22
Salander -O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York, April 2 - 26
1987 Galerie Don Stewart, Montreal, Canada, May 13 - 30
Images Gallery, Toledo, Ohio, June 2 - 30
Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, November 7 - December 5
1988 Salander - O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York, March 2 - April 1
Waddington & Shiell Galleries, Toronto, Canada, May 18 - June 8
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida, November 11 -December 3
1989 Galerie Don Stewart, Montreal, Canada, April 8 - 26
Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, April 28 - June 1
Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, England, May 26 -June 25
1991 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York, January 5-31
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., Beverly Hills, California, February 12 - March 16
1992 Gallery Three, Palm Beach, Florida, January 3-February 7
Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida, December 10
1993 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, England, February 19-March 21
Blaffer-Robinson Gallery, Houston, Texas. April 29-May 29
"Kikuo Saito: A True Colorist," Fort Lauderdale Museum, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida,
August 7-October 7 Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, June 10-July 3
Eva Cohon Gallery, Chicago, October 8- November 10
1994 Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia, November 4-December 24
1995 Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, England, September 15-October 21
1996 Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina, January 19-March 31
Marita Gilliam Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina, January 21-February 29
Galerie BMB, Amsterdam, Holland, December 8-January 18.
1997 Galerie Thiele, Linz Austria, April 3 - April 30.
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, December 16 - January 3.
1998 Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida, November 12 - December 5.
1999 Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan, February 6 - 28.
Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, July 7 - August 28.
2000 Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida, May 4 - May 27.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS
1970 "Young American Painters," Reese Palley Gallery, New York
1972 "Contemporary Reflections," Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
"Four Painters," LoGuidice Gallery, New York
"Group Guest Show," Andre Emmerich, New York
"Group Invitation," Musee Galerie, Paris
1973 "Group," LoGuidice Gallery, New York
"Group," Soho Center for the Visual Arts, New York
1975 Invitational, Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
1976 Group Show, Deitcher/O'Reilly Galleries, New York
Group Show, Gray Gallery, New York University, New York
1977 Group Show, United States Mission to the United Nations, New York
1978 "Shape and Field," Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York
1979 "Painting and Sculpture by Candidates for Art Awards,"
American Academy and Institute for Arts and Letters, New York
Group Show, Galerie Ninety-Nine, Bay Harbour Islands, Florida
Group Show, Watson de Nagy Gallery, Houston, Texas
1980 "ROSC International Exhibition," Dublin, Ireland
"Art 80," Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
"The Next Generation: A Curator's Choice," Andre Emmerich, New York
"Inaugural Exhibition," Salander-O'Reilly Galleries Inc., New York
1981 "Keller, Saito and Sutton," Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Group Show, Watson de Nagy, Houston, Texas
IV Medellin Biennial, Medellin, Colombia, South America
Group Show, Clayworks, Studio Workshop, New York
"Uniquely Painted Prints," Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York
"Phoenix," Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
Group Show, Rubiner Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
"Boxer, Olitski, Poons, Saito," Gallery Ulysses, Vienna, Austria
Group Show, Douglas Drake Gallery, Kansas City
Group Show, Sarah Y. Rentschler Gallery, Bridgehampton, New York
Group Show, Ivory Klimpton, San Francisco, California
1982 Group Show, Martha White Gallery, Kentucky
Group Show, Ken Heffel Fine Arts, Vancouver, Canada
"Saito and Roth," Nicola Jacobs Gallery, London England
"Saito, Slone and Zox," Gallery One, Toronto, Canada
"Contemporary Abstractionists," Rubiner Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan
Basel Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
1983 Group Show, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York
1984 Group Show, Martha White Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky
Group Show, Hett Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
Group Show, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York
Group Show, Il Punto Blu Gallery, Southampton, New York
"Artists Choose Artists," Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
1985 "Private Treasures From San Antonio Collections," San Antonio Museum, Texas
Group Show, Griffin-Haller Gallery, Washington Depot, Connecticut
Group Show, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York
"Artist's Salute the Return of Halley's Comet," Edith
C. Blum Art Institute, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
1986 Group Show, Robert Kidd Galery, Birmingham, Michigan
Group Show, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York
Group Show, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida
1987 "New Abstract Prints," Associated American Artists, New York
Group Show, John Szoke Gallery, New York
Group Show, Kathleen Laverty Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
Group Show, Waddington & Shiell Galleries, Toronto, Canada
Group Show, Satani Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1988 Group Show, Silvermine Gallery, Stamford, Connecticut
"Paperworks," John Szoke Gallery, New York
Group Show, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York
Group Show, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, England
1989 "Art for All," Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
Group Show, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York
Group Show, Dubins Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Group Show, Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, England
"Important Works on Paper," Meredith Long, Houston, Texas
1990 "Group: 1990," Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., New York, February 2 - 28
[Exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Peter Stuyvesant Collection],
Turmac Tobacco Company B.V., Zevenaar, Netherlands
"Art '90," London Contemporary Art Fair,
International Art Fair, London, England
"Works on Paper," Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, England
Group Show, Stewart Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
1991 "Gallery Selections," Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York, February
Peter Stuyvesant Foundation Collection, Seville and Zoragoza, Spain
Group Show, Galerie Ulysses, New York
"Inaugural Exhibition," Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Berlin, Germany,
September 25 - October 26
"15th Anniversity Exhibition," Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michigan
1992 Group Show, Helander Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
Group Show, C.S. Schulte Gallery, South Orange, NJ
"Five Years," Francis Graham-Dixon Gallery, London, England
"Abstract Painters Who Paint Landscapes," Schulte Gallery, South Orange, New Jersey
1993 Group Show, Schultz Gallery, Milburn, New Jersey
1994 Group Show, Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida
Group Show, Vero Beach Centre for the Arts, Vero Beach, Florida
1995 "Olitski, Poons, Saito," Zeckendorf Towers, New York
Group Show, Steven Haller Gallery, New York
FIAC, Paris Art Fair, Paris, France
"Toys R Art," Gallery Camino Real, Boca Raton, Florida
1996 "Twentieth Anniversary," Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, Michagan.
"Abstractions," Barbara Scott Gallery, Miami, Florida.
1998 "Abstraction II," Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York.
2001 Clement Greenberg: A Critic's Collection, Portland, Oregon.

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