Misaki Kawai

Misaki Kawai

Misaki Kawai (born 1978, Kagawa, Japan) lives and works in Osaka, Japan when not traveling extensively. She has exhibited widely, with many large scale institutional exhibitions. She has had a solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 2007, a solo show at one of Japan’s leading private institutions, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo in 2006, she was included in “Greater New York 2” at PS1 Contemporary art center, New York in 2005; “Fun” at Rhiimaki Art Museum Finland in 2012, and presented solo museum exhibitions at Malmo Konsthall in 2011 and at the Children’s Museum of Art in New York City in 2012. Major works in the MOCA Los Angeles and the Watermill Center NY have garnered recent attention. In 2009 she was included in “Visions of the Frontier” at Institut Valencia d’Art Modern and “I Believe: Japanese Contemporary Art” at the Museum or Modern Art, Toyama. She has recently exhibited with V1 Gallery in Copenhagen and Loyal Gallery in Sweden, as well as Take Ninagawa in Tokyo; a recent exhibition and solo booth with East Hampton dealer Eric Firestone and outdoor sculpture installations during Art Basel Miami.

Born 1978, Kagawa, Japan
Lives and works in Osaka, Japan and New York, NY

Education

1997-99 Kyoto College of Art, Kyoto, Japan

Solo Exhibitions

2018
Fluffy Days, Avenuel Art Hall, Seoul, Korea

2017
Romantic Melody, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016
Cave Life, The Hole, New York, NY

2013
Hair Show, The Hole, New York, NY

2012
Love From Mt Pom Pom, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

2011
Wet Shiny Surprise, LOYAL, Malmö, Sweden
Big Bubble, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
Nice Bang, Fumetto, Lucerne, Switzerland
Pencil Exercise, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

2010
project N 43, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

2009
Homeland 2020, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Kung Fu Forest, Lamontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
Outdoor Club, Paul Bright Gallery, Toronto, Canada

2008
Fancy Pants, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kimagure Float, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Misaki Kawai, Tao Soju, Gallery J Chen, Taiwan

2007
Fuzzy Love, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden
Big Break, Perugi Artecontemporanea Gallery, Padova, Italy
Tiger Punch, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY

2006
Boro-Boro and Doro-Doro, Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Momentum 7: Misaki Kawai, curated by Emily Moore Brouillet, ICA, Boston, MA

2005
Mars Investigation Laboratry, Kantor / Feuer Window, New York, NY
Tiger Drip, 2 person show with Taylor McKimens, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden

2004
Community Park, Kenny Schachter conTEMPorary, New York, NY
Kuru Kuru Jet, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2003
Sun Park, Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
Octopus Pier, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY
Misaki Kawai Summer Show, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York, NY

2002
Air Show, Kenny Schachter ConTEMPorary, New York, NY
Garbage Room, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

Group Exhibitions

2018
10th Anniversary, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan

2017
Horses, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

2016
Character, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Booby Trap, The Hole NYC, New York City, NY
Nieves and Innen Zine Library, Swiss Institute, New York City, NY
Keep It Together curated by Mark Todd, Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA

2015
Powerful Babies: Keith Haring’s Impact on Artists Today, curated by Bill Arning and Rick Herron, Spritmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden
Tiger Tiger, Salon 94, New York, NY
Outta Town Sh-t, curated by Nina Chanel Abney, Kravets/Wehby Gallery, New York, NY
She Sells Seashells by the Seashore, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY
Post-Analog Painting, The Hole, New York, NY
Woman House, curated by Eric Firestone and Michelle Tillou, Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2014
Playmaking, The Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan
This Is Not A Toy, curated by Pharrell Williams, The Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada
More Material, curated by Duro Olowu, Salon 94, New York, NY
Early Man, The Hole, New York, NY
Tee Pee Project, curated by Eric Firestone, The Mondrian, Miami, FL

2013
Where To Go, MUJI to go kitte, Tokyo, Japan
Area - curated by Jeffrey Deitch, The Hole, New York, NY
Japanese Artists in New York, Marunouchi House, Tokyo, Japan
Anxiety, The NY Times, New York, NY
Draw Gym, organized by Brian Belott, 247365, Brooklyn, NY
Chicken Or Beef? A Transcontinental Survey Of Figurative Painting, The Hole, New York, NY

2012
Big Bang, Watermill Center, Watermill, NY
Fun, Riihimaki Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY
Friends & Family, Kenny Schachter / ROVE Projects LLP, London, England
Casa de Empeno, Anonymous Gallery, New York, NY

2011
75 Artists in 75 Years, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA
In the Garden, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia
Facemaker, curated by Kathy Grayson, Royal / T Art Space, Los Angeles, CA
International Exhibitions / Fumetto, Luzern, Switzerland

2010
Mutant Pop, LOYAL, Malmö, Sweden
Inside/Outside, Portugal Arte 10, Lisbon, Portugal
Not Quite Open for Business, The Hole, New York, NY
Album, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
The Cheaper Show, No.9, W2 Storyeum, Vancouver, Canada
FIAC, Take Ninagawa, Paris, France
Happily Unhappy, Blanc Compound, Mandaluyong, Phillipines

2009
Wild Feature 2, curated by Brian Belottt, Gallery Zürcher, Paris, France
Wild Feature, curated by Brian Belottt, Gallery Zürcher, New York, NY
I Believe, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Japan
Visions Of The Frontier, Valencian Institute of Contemporary Art, Valencia, Spain
The Overlooked Space, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada
I Can’t Feel My Face , Royal / T Art Space, Los Angeles, CA
Frederic Magazine 3, Espace Beaurepaire, Paris, France
Flight Of Fancy, Kenny Schachter / Rove, London, England
15 Year Anniversary, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Playing Around, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT

2008
Mail Order Monsters, curated by Kathy Grayson, Max Wigram Gallery, London, England
The Lords, David Lawrence, Los Angeles, CA
Fun House, Park Life, San Francisco, CA
Just It (Just Be), Galleri Opdahl, Stavanger, Norway
Panorama Project, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York, NY
Return to Sender, Krets, Malmo, Sweden
Chasing For the Cobalt Blue, Zenshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
I Won’t Grow Up, Cheim & Read, New York, NY
Everything Else, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Wet ’n’ Wild, Kim Light Gallery, Los Angeles. CA
Move 16, curated by Rich Jacobs, CInders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Object Salon, Honey Space, New York, NY
Kunst Gruppe, Werkstatte, New York, NY

2007
Those Bloody Yanks, Leonard Street Gallery, London, Canada
Hey You Guyyyys, Community Outreach Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Making Home, curated by Eric C. Shiner, Japan Society, New York, NY
Gallery Artist, Take Ninagawa, Tokyo, Japan
Sporty Club GR2, Giant Robot Los Angeles, CA
Red Hot, from Chaney Family Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Animal Wrestling, Kinzelman ArtConsulting, Houston, TX
Macy’s-Art Under Glass, curated by Gabrielle Bryers, Macy’s, Herald Square, New York, NY
Homegrown, curated by Renee Riccardo, David Krut Projects, New York, NY
Five Painters: Misaki Kawia, Jules de Balincourt, Brendan Cass, Eddie Martinez, Wes Lang, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden
Paper Trails, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark
Not only A, but B, Transformer Gallery, Washington D.C.
I Love Tourism, Venice, Italy
Look Behind You, Giant Robot, New York, NY
These Bagels Are Gnarly, curated by Rich Jacobs, Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Guy Ben-Ner & Misaki Kawai, TAKEFLOOR 404&502, Tokyo, Japan

2006
Unwrapping the Wing, curated by Devon Dikeou, Invisible Museum, Denver, CO
Art Parade, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Collage Party, ZieherSmith, New York, NY
The Thousand Things ,curated by 2k, MU Museum, Eindhoven, Holland
Don’t Abandon the Ship, curated by Eddie Martinez, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
It’s a Beautiful Day, curated by Paul Laster and Renee Riccardo, Ise Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
Studio Visit, Exit Art, New York, NY

2005
Tiger Drip, 2 person show with Taylor McKimens, LOYAL, Stockholm, Sweden
Live Through This, Deitch Projects at Miami Design Direct, Miami, FL
Loyal And His Band, group show of Hand Painted covers, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Name Is, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Desired Constellations, curated by Meredith Darrow, Daniel Reich Gallery, New York
Clementine Project Room Summer Show, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY
Hanging by a Thread, curated by Nina Arias and Jose Diaz, Moore Space, Miami, FL
No Bones About It, curated by Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Greater New York 2005, P.S.1 MOMA, New York, NY
Move 13, curated by Rich Jacobs, Clementine Gallery, New York, NY

2004
Move Eleven, curated by Rich Jacobs, 96 Gillespie, London, England
Five Artist Shows, Kenny Schachter Rove, London, England
Trunk of Humours, curated by Kathy Grayson, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Majority Whip, curated by Kathy Grayson and Laura Tepper, White Box, New York, NY
The Hunt For Your Family, curated by Loyal at V1 Copenhagen, Odd Number, Stockholm, Sweden
Becoming Giants, curated by Camila Marambio, Le Roy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY

2003
Baby You Can’t Drive My Car, curated by Kenny Schachter, Cooper Classics, New York, NY
Art Band, curated by Kenny Schachter, New York, NY
Lead Poisoning, curated by Rich Jacobs and Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Funny Cry Happy, 2 person show with Taylor McKimens, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Crazy Bastard, curated by Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Collective Conscious, curated by Scenic, Mavi, New York, NY

2002
Miami, curated by Kenny Schachter, Miami, FL
Tensionism, curated by Kenny Schachter, New York, NY
Dime Bag, curated by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, New Image Art, LA & The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
Super Hero, curated by Marsea Goldberg, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA
Panorama, curated by Jordin Isip and Rodger Stevens, San Francisco, CA & The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
Mica & Misaki, curated by Victoria Reis and Jayme McLellan, Transformer, Washinghton D.C.

2001
The Exquisite Day Project, curated by Jordin Islip and Rodger Stevens, Plus Ultra, Brooklyn, NY

2000
Move East, curated by Rich Jacobs, One Pixel, Philadelphia, PA

Bibliography

2010
Smith, Roberta ”Make Room for Video, Performance and Paint,” The New York Times, January 3
Michilis, Raphael ”Good Sense Bad Technique” (Interview), Elephant, Issue No.1, Winter

2009
”Emerging Artists of the Decade” Roberta Smith, The New York Times, Dec 31
I Believe: Japanese Contemporary Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Toyama
Valencia 09 / Confines - “Pasajes De Las Artes Contemporaneas”, The Valencian Institute of Modern Art
Frederic Magazine - Vol. #3
”Wild Feature”, New York Times, July 24
”Manifesto”, Art Review , April Issue #31
Found Magazine - Issue #4
”The Fiction Issue”, Vice Magazine, December Issue

2008
Switch Magazine - March Issue - “Kimagure Float”
Art Auction - September Issue - “Dealers’ Choice”
Foam Magazine - October & November Issue - “A Space Odyssey”, by Kate Williams
”Tokyo’s Hottest Creators Misaki Kawai,” Harper’s BAZAAR May
Mail Order Monsters, July, published by Deitch
Loyal Magazine #10 - “Super Misaki!”
Art Aspect Tokyo - Vol. 02

2007
Revisionaries - “A Decade Of Art In Tokion” (Interview)
Red Hot - Asian Art From The Chaney Family Collection - a book of works from the show, “Red Hot” at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston
Mens Non-no - January Issue - Pg. 140
Pastan - November 8 - 14 - “Sjalvlysande Actionfigurer”, by Hanna Birath
Domino - August Issue, “Surf Art”
The Ganzfeld - “Tiger Claw, Misaki Kawai”, published by Picturebox
Modern Painters, Misaki Kawai preview, November
Making Home, exhibition catalog, publlished by The Japan Society
Theme Magazine, ”Profile: Misaki Kawai! by Michelle You Photos- Peter Sutherland, Spring, pg 14-15
Svenska Dagbladet, ”Pick of the week” by Clemens Poellinger, Jan 19, på stan
Dagens Nyheter, ”Pick of the week” Jan 19 pg. 6
Bijutsu Techo - Vol.59 No.890 - “Japan & America Heta Uma Summit at On Sundays and Boro Boro
Doro Doro show at Watari Museum of Contemporary Art” by Yuri Shirasaka
Svenska Dagbladet, ”Kawai piggar upp konstlivet” by Rikard Ekholm, with photo, Feb 17
Rodeo Magazine, ”Pick of the month” by Power Ekroth, Feb

2006
Art news, ”Just Bead It” by Elisabeth Kley, Feb
Modern Painters, ”Home is where the art is” by Wendy Goodman, photos by Corinne MayBotz, Mar
The New York Times, ”Prim on the outside, but a funhouse within” by Aric Chen, Feb
Shukan NY Seikatu, It’s a Beautiful Day, Jan 21
The Asahi Shimbun, It’s a Beautiful Day, Jan 13
Akkusu - Vol. 54 - “Boro Boro Doro Doro Ten”, (Interview)
Livraison - No. 2 - Hidden Objects Exchange Issue

2005
Stockholm City, ”Pick of the week” Sept 23, pg. 15
Art in America, ”Dynamic Domesticity” by Paula Harper, Dec
Greater New York 2005 p.s.1
Live Through This NYC 2005, Book of New York art organized by Kathy Grayson and Jeffrey Deitch
The New York Time, ”Desired Constellations” by Roberta Smith, Aug 5
The Village VOICE, ”Lesser New York” by Jerry Saltz, Mar 28
Time Out, ”Arrested Development” by Howard Halle, issue 7
Tokion, (Japanese language version), No.49 Sept/Oct
V Magazine No. 36 Fall 2005 issue.
”Dear New Girl or Whatever Your Neme Is”, McSweeney’s Publication
Fiber Art, ”Misaki Kawai”, Interview
Loyal And His Band, book of international artists published by Loyal
Art Asia Pacific, ”The Wow-wee World of Misaki Kawai”, by Kristin Poor
Jane, ”Love your work” by Asha Schachter
Loyal Magazine, Issue #9
Beautiful Decay, ”Misaki Kawai”, Interview
Eat Your Friends, ”Misaki Kawai”, by Chris Lee and Maiko Tanaka / Interview
Misaki Kawai Air Show, Book of work from Air Show, published by Broken Wrist Project
Juxtapoz, ”Trunk of Humours”

2004
SF Weekly, ”Valley of the Dollsby”, by Joyce Slaton
SF Guardian, ”Kuru Kuru Jet” by Clark Buckner
NY ARTS, ”Majority Whip, Get Personal with Politics”, by Andrew LaVallee

2003
The New York Times, ”A Bread-Crumb Trail to the Spirit of the Times”, by Roberta Smith
The New York Times, ”Misaki Kawai”, by Roberta Smith
The New York Sun, ”Misaki Kawai & The Royal Art Lodge”, by Alex Mar
The Village Voice, ”Rays of Light”, by Jerry Saltz
NYLON, ”Dolled Up”, by Claire Mitchell
LA Flavorpill.net, ”Funny Cry Happy”, by Shana Nys Dambrot
Loyal Magazine, Issue #6
Creative Review Magazine

2002
The New York Times, ”Tensionism”, by Roberta Smith
Sculpture, ”Misaki Kawai”, by Sarah Tanguy
Contemporary, ”Kenny Schachter”
Contemporary ”New York”, by Michael Wilson
Washington Post. ”An Emerging Gallery for Emerging Artists”, by Nicole M. Miller
Washington City Paper, ”Think Globally, Act Locally”, by Holly Bass
Loyal Magazine, Issue #5

Books

2010 Mutant Pop and the Living Image, LOYAL #11, curated by Joe Grillo, Laura Grant, essay Brandon Joyce
2007 “Tiger Claw, Misaki Kawai”, The Ganzfeld , Picturebox, 2007
2005 Grayson, Kathy “Live Through This // NYC
2005”, Deitch Projects Book of New York Art organized by Kathy Grayson and Jeffrey Deitch, 2005

Exhibition Catalogs

2009
I BELIEVE : JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY ART, The Museum of Modern Art,
Toyama, 2009
“Pasajes De Las Artes Contemporaneas”, Valencia 09 / Confines ,Institut Valencia d’Art Moder the Valencian Institute of Modern Art, 2009

2007
Making A Home, The Japan Society, 2007
Momentum 7, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 2007
Red Hot - Asian Art From The Chaney Family Collection , a book of works from the show, “Red Hot”, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, 2007

2005
Misaki Kawai Air Show, Book of work from “Air Show”, Broken Wrist Project, 2005 “Hanging by a Thread”, Hanging By A Thread, book of work from curated by Nina Arias & Jose Diaz, The Moore Space, 2005

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