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About Kikuo Saito

Kikuo Saito was a color field painter, set designer, and theater director, who began his career as a studio assistant for some of the most preeminent painters of the 1970s and ‘80s, including Larry Poons, Kenneth Noland, and Helen Frankenthaler. Saito’s works are bright and calligraphic, often covered in gestural strokes of color, drips of paint, and stenciled capital letters. Before turning to painting, Saito was a resident at New York’s La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, and collaborated on set design with directors and choreographers like Robert Wilson, Peter Brook, and Jerome Robins. Saito returned to the theater in 1996 with his silent production, Toy Garden, which costumed dancers as characters from Vittore Carpaccio’s painting Two Venetian Women on a Terrace (1490) in an attempt to reimagine the work’s missing half.

Japanese, 1939-2016, Tokyo, Japan, based in New York, New York

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Kikuo Saito: The Final Years, Leslie Feely, New York
2015
Kikuo Saito, Octavia Art Gallery, Houston
2015
Kikuo Saito, Octavia Art Gallery, New Orleans

Group Shows on Artsy

2014
Think Pink, SPONDER GALLERY / Baker Sponder Gallery, Boca Raton