Exhibitions

Okawa Village, Kochi Prefecture, 2007

Toshio Shibata

Color coupler print

Courtesy of the artist

©Toshio Shibata 

Toshio Shibata, Constructed Landscapes

On view April 20, 2013 to August 31, 2014

Located in the: Photography, Hilborn Gallery

 

One of Japan's preeminent landscape photographers, Toshio Shibata is known for exploring the delicate balance between human-made structures and nature. Photographing erosion control barriers, water catchments, roads, dams and bridges, he examines the unique appearance of such structures in his native land. Through his lens, riverbeds can look like origami, and waterfalls resemble kimono.

This exhibition of 28 large-format works will be the artist's first solo show in an American museum since 1995 and the first time his color pictures will be shown in America.

Shibata was recently featured in a two-person show at the National Arts Center, Tokyo, and in a solo retrospective at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum.

All works are by Toshio Shibata, and appear courtesy of the artist; Gallery Luisotti, Santa Monica; and Laurence Miller Gallery, New York. Black and white works are gelatin silver prints, color works are color coupler prints. Support provided by the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum. 

Images

Okawa Village, Kochi Prefecture, 2007

Okawa Village, Kochi Prefecture, 2007

Toshio Shibata

Color coupler print

Courtesy of the artist

©Toshio Shibata 

Yunotani Village, Kitauonuma County, Niigata Prefecture, 1989

Yunotani Village, Kitauonuma County, Niigata Prefecture, 1989

© Toshio Shibata

Okutama Town, Nishitama County, Tokyo, 2006

Okutama Town, Nishitama County, Tokyo, 2006

© Toshio Shibata

Kuroiso City, Tochigi Prefecture, 1989

Kuroiso City, Tochigi Prefecture, 1989

© Toshio Shibata

Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, 2006

Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture, 2006

© Toshio Shibata

Juocho, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, 2008

Juocho, Hitachi City, Ibaraki Prefecture, 2008

© Toshio Shibata

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