Naoto Nakagawa was born in Kobe, Japan in 1944 and in 1962 he immigrated to New York City. His paintings have been widely exhibited, starting in 1968 at the legendary avant-garde Judson Gallery in New York, followed by the Obelisk Gallery in Boston, New York galleries Reese Paley, OK Harris, Allan Frumkin, Victoria Munroe, and Feature Inc., and at Fuji Television Gallery and Tamada Projects in Tokyo, Japan. An exhibition at the Cooper Union Humanities Gallery was curated by Dore Ashton. Most recently, a two-part survey of Nakagawa’s work was mounted with his early work at White Box, NY and his new work at Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, NY, with catalogue essays by Alexandra Munroe, Eric Shiner, John Perreault and Jonathan Goodman. He has participated in numerous group shows at, among others, The Guggenheim Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Venice Biennale in 2005. His work is included in many public and private collections in the USA, Europe and Japan, including the New York Museum of Modern Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Worcester Museum, and The National Museums of Modern Art in Osaka and in Kyoto. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, Nakagawa has taught and lectured at Columbia University and Parsons School of Design. He has been a guest lecturer at The Museum of Modern Art, NY, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA, The Japan Society, NY and the Portland Museum, OR.

CHRONOLOGY

1944 Born in Kobe, Japan
1961-62 Naniwa Art University, Osaka, Japan
1962 Moves to the United States. Settles in New York.
1963-65 Brooklyn Museum Art School, Brooklyn, New York
1975-79 Moves to South Newfane, Vermont
1979 Lives and works in New York.

GRANTS & AWARDS

1978 National Endowment for the Arts

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 "1,000 Portraits of Hope", Kondo Hall, Japan
2013  “1,000 Portraits of Hope,” Fukushima Art Center, Japan
2013  “1,000 Portraits of Hope,” Ishigamino Oka Museum, Japan
2013  “1,000 Portraits of Hope,” Takarazuka City Hall, Japan
2011 Feature Inc, New York
2008 Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York
2008 Tamada Projects, Tokyo, Japan
2007 White Box, New York, NY
“Triple X:Extended, Exploded, Extracted” NAOTO NAKAGAWA 1965-1975
(Curated by Eric Shiner with catalogue essays by Alexandra Munroe,
John Pereault and Eric Shiner)
2007 Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York
(Catalogue essays by Jake Berthot and Jonathan Goodman)
2006 “Works on Paper,” Tamada Projects, Tokyo, Japan
2005 Tamada Projects, Tokyo, Japan
2004 Holly Snapp Gallery, Venice, Italy
(Catalogue essay by Dore Ashton)
2003 Ethan Cohen Arthaus and Kim Kettler Gallery, Wellfleet, MA
2000 The Cooper Union Humanities Gallery, New York, NY
(Curated and with an essay by Dore Ashton)
1999 Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College, NC
(Essay by Gail Levin)
1996 Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
(Catalogue essays by Tadao Ogura and John Perreault)
1993 Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York, NY
1991 Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
(Catalogue essay by Dore Ashton)
1982 Kasahara Gallery, Osaka, Japan
Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
(Catalogue essays by Rand Castile & Yoshiaki Inui)
1978 Fuji Television Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1978 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1974 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1972 O.K. Harris Gallery, New York, NY
1971 Obelisk Gallery, Boston
1968 "The Extended Object and Its Image,"
Judson Memorial Church Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015  “Allegory of Leaves: Nancy Azura, Naoto Nakagawa, Janet Pihlblad,” 
    New Jersey City University Gallery, NJ
2015  “The Value of Food,” The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 
    New York, NY
2015  Drawing exhibition, Phillips Collection, Washington DC
2015  Exhibited by greengrassi gallery (London) at Frieze Art Fair New York, 
    May 5 - 8
2013  “1,000 Portraits of Hope,” Fukushima Art Center, Japan
2013  “1,000 Portraits of Hope,” Ishigamino Oka Museum, Japan
2013  “1,000 Portraits of Hope,” Takarazuka City Hall, Japan
2012  "Voices from Japan: Despair and Hope from Disaster: 1,000 Portraits of Hope,” The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine,  New York, NY
2012  “After the Water Receded: Images from Japan: Naoto Nakagawa and Magdalena Sole,” Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, NY
2012  “Reinventing Landscape: Jake Berthot, Naoto Nakagawa, Alex Rockman, Mark Tansey,” Sidney Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, NY
2011 Exhibited by Feature Inc. at INDEPENDENT, New York Art Week, March 3-6
2006 “Regarding Nature: Naoto Nakagawa, Andrew Masullo, Alexander Ross,”
    Feature Inc., New York, NY
2009 - 2011  Trick Art / Trick Art no Sekai, Toyohashi City Museum, Japan: traveled to
Hokkaido-Kushiro Museum, Mie Prefecture Museum, Fukuyama Museum,
Sonpo Japan Togo Seiji Museum, Nagano Prefecture Shinano Museum, Miyazaki
Prefecture Museum, Yato City Museum.
2009 Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York
2009 Fujii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2008 “CIGE” Arts Fair, Beijing, China
2008 “Scope” Arts Fair, New York. Ethan Cohen Fine Art
2007 Miami Basel: Arthaus
2007 ACAF: Asian Contemporary Art Fair, New York
2007 “The World of Trick Art” Takasaki City Museum, Japan
2007 “The World of Trick Art” Kita Kyushu City Museum, Japan
2006 “Three Exhibitions Regarding Nature,” Feature, Inc., New York, NY
2006 “Antiquity/Modernity: Breaking Traditions,”
Ethan Cohen Fine Art, New York, NY
2006 “The World of Trick Art” Takasaki City Museum, Japan
2005 Istanbul Biennale, “Two Continents and Beyond: Waterways”
An official independent project of 9th Istanbul Biennale, curated by Renee Vara and Asli Sumer
2005 Venice Biennale, “Poles Apart, Poles Together”
A project of the International Artists’ Museum and White Box. NY
2005 Venice Biennale, “Waterways”
A socially conscious art installation produced by Vara Global Fine Arts, NY
2004 Ethan Cohen Arthaus, Truro, MA
2003 Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
2003 “Below the Canal After 9/11,” Asian American Arts Centre, New York, NY
2001 “Selected Work from the Permanent Collection,” Ohita City Museum, Japan
2000 The International Asian Art Fair, Ethan Cohen Fine Art, New York
2000 “Conceptual Ink,” Ethan Cohen Fine Art, New York, NY
1999 “35th Anniversary Exhibition,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
1998 “Works on Paper,” Tamada Projects Co., Tokyo, Japan
1997 “Works on Paper,” Tamada Projects Co., Tokyo, Japan
1996 “Still Life,” Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
1994-5 "Scream Against the Sky: Japanese Art Since 1945"
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art & Center for the Arts at Yerba Buena
Gardens, San Francisco, CA; Guggenheim Museum Soho, New York, NY;
Yokohama Museum, Yokohama, Japan. Exhibition book by
Alexandra Munroe (New York, NY: Harry N. Abrams, 1994)
1993 "Works on Paper: Lyric with an Edge," Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York, NY
"Celestial," Lobby Exhibition, Champion International Co., Stamford, CT
1992 "Drawings," Victoria Munroe Fine Art, New York, NY
"In the Spirit of Landscape," Invitational, Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
1991 "Drawings," Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, New York, NY; Great Wall Gallery,
Toronto, Canada
1990 "The Silent Dialogue: Still Life in the West and Japan," Shizuoka Prefectural
Museum of Art, Japan
1989 "Eighty Masterpieces from the Fukuoka Museum," Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan
"Contemporary Japanese Art in America (1): Arita, Nakagawa, Sugimoto,"
Japan Society Gallery, New York, NY.
(Catalogue essays by Alexandra Munroe; Toshio Hara; Patterson Sims)
1986 "Eminent Immigrants," New House Gallery, Snug Harbor Cultural
Center, Staten Island, NY. Curated by John Perrealt
1982 "Contemporary American Realism since 1960," organized by the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA.
Travelled to The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA;
The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA; Museo Calouste Gulbenkian,
Lisbon, Portugal; Salas de Esposiciones de Bellas Artes, Madrid,
Spain; Kunsthalle, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nurenberg, Germany
1981 "Real, Really Real, Super Real: Directions in Contemporary
American Realism," organized by the San Antonio Museum of Art,
San Antonio, TX. Travelled to The Indianapolis Museum of Art,
Indianapolos, IN; The Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ;
The Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
1980 "Contemporary Asian Art Show," Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan
1979 "The Dragon and the Chrysanthemum," Summit Art Center, Summit, NJ
1977 "The Chosen Object: European and American Still Life,"
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, Nabraska
1976 "The Presence and Absence in Realism," Brainard Hall Art Gallery,
State University College at Potsdam, NY; Wichita State University,
Wichita, KS; "Midyear Show;" Butler Institute of American Art,
Youngstown, OH
1973 "Japanese Artists in the Americas," organized by the Museum of Modern Art,
Kyoto and The Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
Travelled to both museums.
1970 "Toward a New Metaphysics," Allen Frumkin Gallery, New York, NY
1969 "West Side Artists," Goddard Riverside Auditorium, New York, NY
"Young Artists from Around the World," Union Carbide Building,
New York, NY
1968 "Beyond Literalism," Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA
1968 Museum of Modern Art, Art Lending Gallery, New York, NY

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Lester Avnet Foundation, New York
The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Bell Telephone Company, Chicago, IL
Choritsu Kakunodate Museum, Akita, Japan
Frederick Weisman Collection
Fukuoka Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
Fukuyama Museum, Hiroshima, Japan
Morgan Stanley Company, Ltd.
Meguro Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Osaka City Museum, Osaka, Japan
Oita City Museum, Kyushu, Japan
Takamatsu Museum, Shikoku, Japan
The Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
The National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, Japan
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
The Phillips Collection
The Spencer Foundation
Worcester Museum, Worcester, MA

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS

Fuji Television, Japan. "Television Museum: Nakagawa Naoto: The World of a Realist Painter.” Interview with Nakagawa by Namiko Matsumura, October 24,1982
Fuji Television, Japan. Interview with Nakagawa, April 1991.
Manhattan Cable Television. "Art at Issue: Midnight Muse."
Interview with Nakagawa by Gail Levin, December 6, 1985
National Public Radio. "Heat." Interview by John Hockenberry, March 5, 1990

TEACHING POSITIONS & LECTURES

Portland Art Museum, Oregon, 2007
Japan Society, New York 2007
Massachusetts College of Art, Mass 2006
Columbia University, Adjunct Professor, School of Visual Arts, 1996-1999
Parsons School of Design, Adjunct Professor, Foundation and Fine Arts Departments,
1996 - Present
Panelist, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1998
“Kusama in New York: The 1960s”
Panelist, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 1995
"Scream Against the Sky: Japanese Art Since 1945"
Artist’s Talk, Asia Society, New York, 1995
Guest Lecturer, Sarah Lawrence College, 1993, 1994
Guest Lecturer, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Campus, 1993
Panelist, Japan Society Gallery, New York, 1988
"Contemporary Japanese Art in America (1): Arita, Nakagawa, Sugimoto"
Pratt Art Institute Seminar, 1985
Windham College, Art Professor 1976-1978
Windham College Summer Landscape Painting Course,
Small Point, Maine 1977, 1978, 1979