Learning to See: Shizuye Takashima in Retrospect

Sep 8, 2008 - Nov 17, 2008 @ Gendai Gallery at JCCC

Curated by Yoshiko Sunahara and Maiko Tanaka

An exclusive opportunity to view original works by the late Shizuye Takashima (1928-2007), the show includes a rare audio component with intimate responses by friends of Takashima, including Joy Kogawa, Archie Graham, Olexander Wlasenko, David Fujino and Gerry Shikitani. Art works are on loan from the Toronto Public Library's Osbourne Collection, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery, and private collections.

Takashima is a Japanese-Canadian artist, best recognized for her use of warm and welcoming watercolour paintings, juxtaposed with harsh realities as she narrates from the perspective of a youth living through internment during the Second World War, depicted in her renown book, A Child in Prison Camp (1971). This fall, the Japanese Canadian community will be marking the 20th anniversary of the Japanese Canadian Redress. Gendai Gallery’s timely retrospective show, Learning to See explores the full spectrum of Takashima’s life-long works, featuring selections of earlier paintings, sketches and later spiritual works.

Featuring 20 full-colour reproductions of Takashima’s works on display, a beautiful catalogue has also been produced to complement the exhibition.
Includes essays from both curators as well as art writer Kyo Maclear.
Catalogue is available for $20.

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