The Portland Japanese Garden Announces its 2013 Art in the Garden Exhibition Series Featuring: Toko Shinoda, Isamu Noguchi, and Sueharu Fukami

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In honor of its 50th anniversary year, The Portland Japanese Garden announces the most ambitious exhibitions in its history.

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In 2013, a special 50th anniversary Art in the Garden exhibition series at the Portland Japanese Garden will focus on the coming together of East and West—a theme that has been at the heart of the Portland Japanese Garden for the past 50 years. The artists chosen to commemorate this golden anniversary—Toko Shinoda, Isamu Noguchi, and Sueharu Fukami—are each internationally celebrated in their respective fields: calligraphy and painting; sculpture and design; and ceramic art, and their works can be found in the collections of major museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in the Portland Art Museum.

The first exhibition in the Garden’s 2013 series is 50 Prints and Paintings: Toko Shinoda at 100 (February 15–March 17). Born in 1913, Toko Shinoda approaches her 100th birthday as one of Japan’s foremost artists in the fields of both Japanese calligraphy and modern sumi ink painting, recognized internationally for its refined minimalism and dynamic abstract energy. Fifty works of calligraphy, lithography, and paintings by Shinoda for 50 years of Garden history have been selected for this exhibition by guest curator Norman Tolman of the Tolman Collection of Tokyo.

With Isamu Noguchi: We Are the Landscape of All We Know (May 3–July 21), the Garden is pleased to present an exhibition of work by one of the twentieth century’s greatest sculptors and designers. Isamu Noguchi (1904–1988) is seen as a true bridge between East and West. His work is at once subtle and bold, traditional and modern. This exhibition, on loan from the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, New York, features a selection of Noguchi’s work in stone, metal, and paper. The works date from the late 1940s to the mid 1980s, spanning the artist’s long career in sculpture and design.

The Garden’s third and final exhibition of 2013, is A Distant View: The Ceramic Sculpture of Sueharu Fukami with the Photography of Jean Vollum (October 4–November 17). Works by award-winning ceramic artist Sueharu Fukami—some on loan from private collections with others direct from the artist’s studio in Fushimi, Japan—will be exhibited with photographs by his close friend and patron, the late Jean Vollum, Portland philanthropist and accomplished photographer. The bluish-white hue of Fukami’s sleek, soaring forms and refined edges are echoed in Vollum’s transcendent photographs of polar ice floes.

Acknowledgements: The Art in the Garden exhibition series is supported by grants from the Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, The Collins Foundation, and Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust. 50 Prints and Paintings: Toko Shinoda at 100 (February 15 – March 17) is presented by the Frederick D. and Gail Y. Jubitz Foundation. Noguchi: We Are the Landscape of All We Know is presented by Arlene Schnitzer/The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation with additional support provided by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Autzen Foundation. A Distant View: The Ceramic Sculpture of Sueharu Fukami with the Photography of Jean Vollum is presented by the Jean Vollum Fund.

General information: Entrance to the Garden’s Art in the Garden exhibitions, set in the beautiful Pavilion Gallery, is included with Garden admission during regular Garden hours. Entrance is included with Garden admission ($9.50 Adult; $7.75 Senior ([62+]; $7.75 College Student [w/ID]; $6.75 Youth [6-17]). For more information, visit

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The Portland Japanese Garden is the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan. Situated on more than 5 acres nestled in the scenic West Hills of Portland at 611 SW Kingston Ave. in SW Portland, the Garden features five traditional garden styles. The Garden is open daily except on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. The Portland Japanese Garden will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in 2013 with events and programs all year long. Visit the Garden online at

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