Masako Takahashi, visual artist

Born in Topaz Internment Camp, Utah, U.S.A. of Japanese/American parents, Takahashi attended the San Francisco Art Institute, California, Bard College, New York, and San Francisco State University. She left school, took a freighter to Japan and traveled around the world for two years, before returning to San Francisco to graduate with a B.A. in Art from the University of California, Berkeley. The exposure to different cultures in Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt and France informs her work. Takahashi maintains a studio in Mexico and in San Francisco. She continues to travel and spend stretches of time in countries surrounded by languages she cannot literally understand.


Selected Solo Exhibitions (complete CV available upon request)

2019

Antidoto, a PomPom Installation, Museo de Textiles, Oaxaca, Mexico

2018 

Antidote, a PomPom Installation, Staar Library for Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, California, USA

2016  

Masako Takahashi, Galeria Charpa, Valencia, Spain

2007

Takahashi, Galeria, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

2005

Masako Takahashi, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
LIBERACION/LIBERATION, El Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico
LIBERACION/LIBERATION, Galeria Quetzalli, Oaxaca, Mexico

2004

LIBERACION/LIBERATION, El Centro Cultural Negromante, Bellas Artes,
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

2003

Pelo/Hair, El Instituto de Artes Graficas de Oaxaca (IAGO), Oaxaca, Mexico

2001

Hair Texts, Gallery Soolip, West Los Angeles, CA, USA

2000

HAIR, Gallery Soolip, West Los Angeles, CA, USA

1999

HAIR, Galeria Duo Duo, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

1997

Selected Works: a Ten Year Retrospective, El Centro Cultural Negromante, Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

1996

Emotional Tones, El Espacio Abierto, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

1995

Levity, Janice McCarty, Los Angeles, California, USA

1994

Las Cascadas, LA Artcore Brewery Annex, Los Angeles, California, USA

1993

Fortune, Cafè Katsu, Los Angeles, California, USA

1990

The Ladders and After, Tokoro Gallery, Los Angeles, California, USA

1988

Ladders, The Sculpture Gardens, Venice, California, USA


Selected Group Exhibitions (complete CV available upon request)


2019  

We Were Always Here, Heather James Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

2018  

Guenda Colectivo, Galeria Noel Caetano, Oaxaca, Mexico

Guenda Colectivo, Toreon, Mexico

Guenda, Galeria Noel Caetano, San Miguel deAllende, Mexico

2017  

International Exhibition, Arimatsu, Japan

2016  

Guenda Colectivo, Oaxaca, Mexico

HAAR (HAIR), Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands

2015  

Guenda Colectivo, Oaxaca, Mexico

2014  

Contemporary Art of Shibori & Ikat, International Shibori Symposium, Hangzhou, China 

2011 

International Exhibition, Shibori Gallery, Arimatsu, Japan

Animal Fibers: Art Informs Shibori, International Shibori Symposium, Hong Kong

International Textile Biennial, Centro de las Artes San Augustín (CASA), San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico

2009

Global Warming, Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Illiterature, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica, California, USA

2008

Illiterature, Limn Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA

Arte – Textil, Centro de las Artes de San Augustín (CASA), Oaxaca, Mexico

2007

Quiet Time, Katherine Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA

Colectivo 2007, Galeria Diana, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Maiz Es La Vida/Corn is Life, The Museum of Natural History, Mexico City, Mexico

2006

Embroidered Stories/Knitted Tales, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, California, USA
Contemporary Embroidery, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek , California , USA
Masako Takahashi/Laurie Litowitz, Galeria Mero, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Microcosmos, Galeria Lenoir, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
Colectivo, Galeria MERO, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

2005

Quiet Time, The 18th Street Arts Complex, Santa Monica, California, USA

2004

Quiet Time, Rockford College Art Gallery, Rockford, Illinois, USA
Machiko Agano/Masako Takahashi, Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose State University, San Jose, California, USA
Primavera, La Galeria Diana, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

2003

Inaugural Exhibit, La Galeria de la Luz, Oaxaca, Mexico
Sexual Entanglements, www.Fiberscene.com, a cyberspace gallery

2002

Milagros, Galeria Diana, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

2001

Gatos, Galeria Pedro Friedeberg, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

2000

MEXICO 2000: Las Hijas de Artemis, El Museo de la Ciudad de Queretaro, Mexico

1999

Millenium, Gallery Soolip, West Los Angeles, California, USA
NEEDLE ARTS: A Postmodern Sewing Circle, traveling museum exhibition, Initiated by the Bedford Art Gallery, Walnut Creek, California, then going to Museums and University Galleries throughout the USA

1996

Inaugural Exhibit, La Galeria El Chorro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato

1995

Latent August, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, California, USA
Fifty Years: Hiroshima, The New Gallery at 18th Street Gallery, Santa Monica California, USA

1993

Salon II, Art In General, New York City, New York, USA

1990

Ancestors Known and Unknown, a traveling exhibition starting in NYC, traveling to Galleries and University Museums across the USA



Professional Activities

Author/Photographer books:

TEXTILES MEXICANOS, 2006, Limusa Noriega Editores, México.
MEXICAN TEXTILES
; Spirit and Style, 2003, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California, USA.
LES COULEURS DU MEXIQUE
, 2003, Flammarion, France.
THE DAY OF THE DEAD BOX
, 2001, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California, USA.
MEXICAN TILES; Color, Style, Design, 2000, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California, USA.
MEXICOLOR; The Spirit of Mexican Design, 1998, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California, USA.

Other Professional Activities:

PEN lecture, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, 2004
LAX: The Bi-Annual, Board of Directors (artist member), Los Angeles, California, 1991-1994
Barnsdall Municipal Gallery, Board of Directors (artist member), Los Angeles, California, 1988-1991
Women's Caucus For Art, Panelist, San Francisco, California, 1989