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TOKIHIRO SATO

Tokihiro Sato is one of Japan's best known artists working in photography. Trained as a sculptor, he has been using photography since the late 1980s to express his ideas about light and space. In an ongoing series that he describes as “breath graphs”; or ”photo respiration,” tiny points of light or illuminated lines record his movements through space. Using a large-format camera set on a tripod and timed for exposures that may last from one to three hours, he moves quickly through the described space. When shooting in daylight, he flashes a mirror at the sun. At night, or indoors, he uses a flashlight. The resulting photographs capture exquisitely detailed scenes punctuated by pinpoints or linear patterns of light that depict the artist's presence but not his image.
ONE- AND TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017

Micheko Gallery, Munich, Germany

2015

Tokihiro Sato, Piet Hein Eek Art Gallery, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Sato Tokihiro, Tsuruoka Art Forum Gallery, Tsuruoka, Japan

2014

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

2010

Presence or Absence: The Photographs of Tokihiro Sato, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, Tennessee

Trees, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

Trees, Haines Gallery, San Francisco

2008

Fukushima City Museum of Photography, Japan

2007

Haines Gallery, San Francisco

Gallery Raku, Kyoto, Japan

2006

Tai Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2005

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

The Art Institute of Chicago

Haines Gallery, San Francisco

Gallery Gan, Tokyo

2004

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Camera Obscura Project, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan

2003

Cleveland Museum of Art

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

2002

Hamada Children’s Museum of Art, Japan

2001

Gallery Gan, Tokyo

2000

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

1999

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan (two–person show)

Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh (two–person show)

Sakata City Museum of Art, Yamagata, Japan

Gallery Gan, Tokyo

1998

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

1997

Gallery Gan, Tokyo

1996

Gallery Gan, Tokyo

Gallery Natsuka, Tokyo

1995

Gallery Lunami, Tokyo

Gallery Nikko, Tokyo

1993

Gallery Surge, Tokyo

Jacobins Museum of Fine Art, Agen, France

Spiral Garden, Tokyo

1992

Gallery Hosomi, Tokyo

Gallery Moris, Tokyo

Gallery Valentine, Nagano

Gallery Temporary Space #022, Sapporo

1991

Gallery Lunami, Tokyo

Gallery Surge, Tokyo

E’Space, Tokyo

1989

Gallery Lunami, Tokyo

1988

Gallery Lunami, Tokyo

1987

Gallery Maki, Tokyo

1986

Gallery Parergon II, Tokyo

1984

Gallery Tamura, Tokyo

1983

Gallery Lunami, Tokyo

1982

Gallery Tokiwa, Tokyo

University Hall Gallery, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

G Art Gallery, Tokyo

 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Time Flows: Reflections by 5 Artists, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan

Time Present—Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, PalaisPopulaire, Berlin, Germany

2019

To Light, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Painting with Light, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

2017

The Summer Show 2017, Fundazione Fotografia Modena, Modena, Italy

In the Woods: Trees in Photography, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK

Mercedes-Benz Art Scope 2015–2017: Wandering to Wonder, Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan

2016

Shared Space: A New Era, Photographs from the Bank of America Collection, McColl Center, Charlotte, NC

20-Year Anniversary TOP Collection: Tokyo Tokyo and TOKYO, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Lux: The Radiant Sea, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

2015

Dislocation/Urban Experience: Contemporary Photographs from East Asia, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

Exhibition of the 31st Higashikawa Award Winners, Higashikawa Bunka Gallery, Hokkaido, Japan

Time Present—Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Hara Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Goethe’s Chamber, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Time Present—Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

2014

Time Present—Photography from the Deutsche Bank Collection, Singapore Art Museum

2013

The Aesthetics of Photography—Five Elements, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan

Still Action! 1708 Gallery, Richmond, Virginia

Tamamono: From the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

2012

Recent Acquisitions: Photography, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

2008

Intertextuality of Light, East Asia Contemporary, Shanghai

Summer Camp for Sculpture, Museum of Art Mercian Karuizawa Nagano, Japan

Ogaki Biennial, Ogaki Gifu, Japan

2007

Plastic Time Contemporary Art Exhibition, Jing Art Gallery, Shanghai

Japan Caught by Camera, Shanghai Art Museum

Landscape & Memory II, Haines Gallery, San Francisco

The Photograph; What You See & What You Don’t, Museum at Tokyo University of Fine Art, Ueno, Tokyo, Japan

Toride Art Project, Toride City Ibaraki

Out of Body, Deutsche Bank Art, Level B Gallery, New York

2006

epSITE Retrospective 1998–2006, Epson Imaging Gallery Epsite, Tokyo, Japan

Blind Date Seligenstadt: New Acquisitions to the Deutsche Bank Collection, Art Forum, Seligenstadt, Germany

2005

Framing Exposure: Process and Politics, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Sightseeing Bus Camera Project, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

The Art of Breathing in the World: Art and Respiration, Kawamura Memorial Museum of Art and Sakera City Museum of Art, Chiba, Japan

Pairs, Groups, and Grids, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

2004

Temporalscape, Haines Gallery, San Francisco

2003

The Imaginary City “Metamorphosis” Hiroshima, Hiroshima City University
The History of Japanese Photography, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Cleveland Museum of Art

2002

Staging Reality, Photography from the West Collection, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Regarding Landscape, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; Bronfman Centre for the Arts, Montreal

Cyclical Art Site—Contemporary Art Exhibition in Oita 2002, Oita Art Museum, Oita, Japan

2001

Ellipsis, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

Luminous, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington

Techno-Landscape, NTT Inter Communication Center, Tokyo

VIBRATION: Expressive Power of Sculpture, Utsunomiya Museum of Art, Tochigi, Japan

G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle

2000

City of Lights: Art Walk, Comité Colbert, New York
Group show, Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York

On Site: Contemporary Photography of Place, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2000, Niigata, Japan

1999

Full Exposure, The New Jersey Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, N.J.

Blind Spot 12, Robert Mann Gallery, New York

The Big Picture: Large Format Photography, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont

Breathing Landscapes, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

The 9th Bangladesh Asian Art Biennial, Bangladesh

1998

Attack/Damage, Itabashi Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Japan-Brazil International Tour Exhibition 98/99, toured Rio de Janeiro and five cities in Brazil

Catherine Opie, Richard Rothman and Tokihiro Sato, Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York

1997

Photography and Beyond in Japan, Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu

The 6th Havana Biennial, Cuba

Ways of (Re)Production, Hara Museum ARC, Gunma

1996

Photography and Beyond in Japan, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Denver Art Museum

Liquid Crystal Futures, Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin; Göteborg Kunsthall, Sweden; Müscarnok Palace of Exhibitions, Budapest

Requiem—Koji Enokura and 33 Artists, Saito Memorial Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, Saitama, Japan

Twelve Environment—Japan-Netherlands Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition, Former Schoolhouse of Akasaka Elementary School, Tokyo

Playback and Memory, Dojunkai-Daikanyama Apartment, Tokyo

Gazing into the Light—Tokihiro Sato + Shigenobu Yoshida, Iwaki City Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan

1995

Photography and Beyond in Japan, Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; Vancouver Art Gallery

After Hiroshima—Message from Contemporary Art, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art

Haizuka Earth Works Project, Hiroshima, Japan
NowHere, Het Aporo House, Holland

Nostalgia for Future—Contemporary Art of Yamagata, Yamagata Museum of Art

Open-Air Exhibition—Passage of the Wind, Omiya

Liquid Crystal Futures, Spiral Garden, Tokyo

1994

Photography and Beyond in Japan, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

Liquid Crystal Futures, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

Visualization in the End of the Twentieth Century, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Time/Art ‘Time’ is Expressed in the 20th Century Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga, Japan

1993

00 Collaboration, Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo

Art Scope ’93, Mercedes-Benz, Japan

1st Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

1992

1st Transart Annual Painting/Crossing, Bellini Hill Yokohama Galleria, Yokohama, Japan

Okabe e Sato a Roma 1991, Gallery Lunami, Tokyo

Japanese Contemporary Photographs, Walker Hill Art Center, Seoul, South Korea

1991

The Echoes Lights, Gallery Ai, Tokyo

Compound of the Maniera, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Tokyo

Simultaneita, Museo di Roma Palazzo Braschi, Rome

Photographic Narration II, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

Line in Contemporary Art—The Destination of Eyes and Hands, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Okabe e Sato a Roma 1991 Gallery Temporary Space #012, Sapporo, Japan,

The 10th Parallelism in Art Exhibition, Ohara Center, Tokyo

Make-Believe, The Photographers’ Gallery, London

New Space of Photography, Wroclaw, Poland

20 Promising Photographers Vol. 2, Parco Gallery, Tokyo

Australia x Japan Joint Exhibition, Gallery Lunami, Tokyo

Hiroshi Yamazaki x Tokihiro Sato Two Men Exhibition, Gallery Hosomi, Tokyo

1990

The 18th International Art Exhibition Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
International Photograph Festival in Higashikawa, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Japanese Contemporary Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Pavillon des Arts, Paris

Pusan Biennial 5th, Pusan, South Korea

The Imprinted Ideas, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Art, Utsunomiya, Japan

1989

The Echoes Lights, Gallery Ai, Tokyo
Japan Professional Photographers Society Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Lunami Selection ‘89, Gallery Lunami, Tokyo
Summer Festival ‘89 in Hakushu, (‘90, ‘91, ‘92), Yamanashi, Japan

Window of Marginal Arts, Entetsu Department Store, Hamamatsu, Japan

Because, Gallery Surge, Tokyo

The 151st Year of Photography, Heineken Village, Tokyo

1988

Photographic Narration, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Tokyo

15 Contemporary Photographic Expressions, Tama Art University, Tokyo

1981

The 15th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

 
PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Capital Group, Los Angeles

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont

The School of Business, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Merrill Lynch, New York

Pfizer, Inc., New York

Progressive Corporation, Mayfield Village, Ohio

Goldman Sachs & Co., New York

Goldman Sachs & Co., Tokyo

The Rand Corporation

Citibank, New York

The La Salle Bank, Chicago

Microsoft Corporation

Iwaki Municipal Art Museum, Fukushima, Japan

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

Hara Museum of Art, Tokyo

Chiba City Art Museum, Chiba, Japan

Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia

Japan Energy Corporation

Fuji Xerox Corporation

Yamagata Museum of Art

Bering Securities, Ltd.

Higashikawa Cultural Gallery, Hokkaido, Japan

Tokyo Fuji Art Museum

Japan Foundation, Tokyo

DaimlerChrysler

Press Kit Corporation, Tokyo

Yubari Art Museum

Itabashi Art Museum

Deutsche Real Estate Consulting

Deutsche Bank

The Cleveland Clinic

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida

BNY Mellon Corporation

 

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