Selfportrait Photo by Stephen P Schweitzer

Noriko Ambe

Born in Saitama, Japan, 1967



BFA / Oil Painting, Musashino Art University, Tokyo

Residency Programs


"Summer Printmaking Program", studied to Luis Camnitzer, Lucca, Italy

2002, 2003

"Vermont Studio Center", (Freeman Fellow), VT, USA


"Lower Mahattan Cultural Council, Work Space Session B", New York, USA


"Art Omi International Studio Residency Program", NY, USA


"Force of Nature Project", Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, SC, USA

Solo Exhibitions


"(Un)Fltered Reflections", ALoft at Hermes, Singapore [lieaflet]


"Continuous Cutting Altered Daily", Maho Kubota Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


"Satellite View", Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX


Noriko Ambe "Cutting - Without an Outline", Castelli Gallery, New York [catalogue]


"Inner Water" Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY [lieaflet]

"White Scape" Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX


"TIME LAG - Linear-Actions Cutting Project, 2011" SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo


"キル - Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project" The FLAG Art Foundation, New York , NY


"キル - Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project" Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX [catalogue]


"Flat Globe 2007", d.e.n contemporary art gallery, Culver City, CA.


"Flat Globe", Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY


"Was it a ghost?", Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY


"Lands of emptiness", PIEROGI, Brooklyn, NY

"Dear Lucy — Ten Elements Project: Focusing on a New Generation in Tokyo'03", Gallery Natsuka, Tokyo [catalogue]

"Voyage", Vermont Studio Center, VT


"Details", Gallery Natsuka b.p.Tokyo


"Works of Linear-Actions", Makii Masaru Fine Arts, Tokyo


"Like a Running River", Fukaya Station Gallery & Hiraka-ya, Saitama


"With the Continuously Current", J2 GALLERY, Tokyo


"The Romanesque in the Wild", J2 GALLERY, Tokyo


"On the Road to the Circle", Gallery Natsuka, Tokyo


"Beyond the Landscape", Gallery Q, Tokyo

Group Exhibitions


"Paper into Sculpture", Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX [catalogue]

"Rock, Paper, Scissors", The Grace Building, One Liverty Plaza, New York

"Deep Cut: Contemporary Paper Cutting", Currier Museum of Art, NH [catalogue]


"Cut, Folded, Pressed & Other Actions", David Zwirner Gallery, New York

"Pioneer Lust", Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX, USA

"Pure White", Galerire Tore Suessbier , Berlin, Germany

"ED Ruscha, Books & Co.[Various Small Books]", Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CA (traveling show)

"Architecture of Life", The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA [catalogue]

"Between the Covers: Alterd Books in Contemporary Art", Everhart Museum - Natural History, Science & Art, Scranton, PA, USA [catalogue]


"Unique Books: Zucker Art Books", Gagosian shop, Madison Ave. New York, NY [catalogue]


"Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection", Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, USA[catalogue]

"CT Unbound", Artspace, New Haven, CT, USA [catalogue]

"Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition at Pierogi", Pierogi, Brooklyn, NY

"Summer Show", Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX

"The Metamorphoses of Books", Directed by Ryuta Imafuku, Bakuro-cho Art+Eat, Tokyo

"A Book between two stools", Boghossian Foundation, Brussels, Belgium

"Final Cut", Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg, Germany [catalogue]

"When Empty Self Becomes Form", TS Art Projects, Berlin, Germany [Leaflet]

"There is no such thing as a good decision", Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York


"Nissan Art Award 2013 Exhibition", BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, Japan [Catalogue]

"Narrow Roand to the Interior - Contemporary Japanese Artists", Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona, USA

"ED Ruscha Books & Co [Various Small Books]", Museum Brandhorst, Munich, Germany (traveling show)

"ED Ruscha Books & Co [Various Small Books]", Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York

"Undrawn Drawings, Works of Paper", Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France

"The First Cut", Djangoly Art Gallery, Nottingham, UK (traveling show)

"The First Cut", SeaCity Museum, Southampton , UK (traveling show)


"The First Cut", The Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, UK [catalogue]

"ABC, Arts and Books, Collaborated works ", Kitakyushu Municipal Museom of Art, Japan (Traveling show )


"ABC, Arts and Books, Collaborated works ", Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan [catalogue]

"Dojima River Biennale", Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan [catalogue]

"Summer show" Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX

"The Tiger and the Sunflower", Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery, New York, NY [Leaflet]

"Silent Significance", LM D Gallerie, Paris, France

"Mappamundi", Berarudo Collection Museum, Lisbon, Portugal [catalogue]

"Asia Unspecific", FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY


"Touched", Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY

"Holland Paper Biennial 2010", Museum Rijswijk/ CODA Museum, Rijswijk, The Netherlands [catalogue]

"Open Book- An International Survey of Experimental Books", Eastern Michigan University, MI

"PaperCut", Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI

"Recent Works", Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX


"Slash - Paper Under the Knife", The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY [catalogue]

"Volcano Lovers", Ise Foundation, New York, NY [catalogue]

"Towerd Objects- Transforming the World of Books", Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan [catalogue]

"WALL ROCKETS : Contemporary Artists and ED Ruscha [Traveling show] ", Albright - Knox Art Gallery, Baffalo, NY

"Mark-Making: Dots, Lines and Curves", Lora Raynolds Gallery, Austin, TX

"10th Aniversary Show", Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY

"A House is not A Home", SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo

"Commune", Black & White Gallery, New York, NY

"Cutters", The Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY / Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ [catalogue]

"The Book Borrowers", Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA [catalogue]


Exhibition 4 Tokujin Yoshioka Direction "Second Nature", 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Tokyo [catalogue]

"WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and ED. Ruscha", The FLAG Art Foundation, New York [catalogue]

"CUT: Making of Removal", Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA

"Uncoordinated: Mapping cartography in contemporary art", CAC - The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH [catalogue]

"Paper City", Mixed Greens Gallery, New York, NY

"Mei Guo (The Beau Monde)", Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China

"Flow: Noriko Ambe, Ulrike Heydenreich, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle", Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN [Leaflet]


"Making a Home - Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York", Japan Society, New York, NY [catalogue]

"(Un) Contained Vessels", The Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

"Sumazo project", kunstMARKE, Vienna, Austria

"Force of Nature Documentary Exhibition in Japan", Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan


"Art on Paper Biannual 2006", Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC

"Dialogue with a Tree – Force of Nature Project", Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, SC [catalogue]

"Trans-boundary Experience, an exhibition from China, Korea and Japan", Spool mfg., Johnson City, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY [catalogue]

"New World Orders", The Experimental Space, New York

"Block Party – Art & Design in the New Urban Home", 14 Townhouses, Brooklyn, NY [catalogue]

"Tokyo-Ikebukuro International Art Festival", Takamura Building, Ikebukuro, Tokyo


"Winter Session", Gallery Jin, Tokyo

"Bonds", Ise foundation, New York, NY, Spanish Embassy in Miami, FL

"To an Uncharted Landscape –Small works from 4 artists", Boubi-rou Gallery, Tokyo

"Pulp –Paper Sculptures", Produce Gallery, Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia, PA

"Ground Work", d.e.n. Contemporary art, Culver City, CA


"Microwave", Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX

"Talespinning-Selection Fall 2004", The Drawing Center, New York, NY [catalogue]

"Troy Stories", Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA

"Newpapers", Cristinerose/Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY


"Terrarium", Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY

"JAPAN:RISING", Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, FL [catalogue]

"White", Bill Maynes Gallery, New York, NY

"Take Out", Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY

"Perforations", Valerie McKenzie Fine Arts, New York, NY

"Plastic Gardens", Cristinerose/Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York, NY

"Line Dancing", Islip Art Museum, NY [catalogue]


"Dumbo Art Festival", (Open studio), Brooklyn, NY

"Looking East Looking West – Asian Artists at the Vermont Studio Center", Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT [Leaflet]

"Philip Morris Art Award 2002 – The First Move", Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo [catalogue]


"Hudson River Mural", Hudson River Gallery, Dobbs Ferry, NY

"29 Artists of Manhattan Graphics Center NY", Gallery Delta, Paris, Gallery Slad in Elk, Poland

"The 20st Imadate Contemporary Paper Art Exhibition", Imadate Museum, Fukui , Japan [catalogue]


"1st Biennale International Miniature Exhibition", Vancouver, Canada

"The 5th Contest for the Best Contemporary Art Work 2001", SOKO Gallery, Tokyo

"Biennale Internationale d'estampes Miniatures de Montreal", Montreal, Canada [catalogue]


"Participates in Summer Printmaking Program at Studio Camnitzer", Valdottavo, Lucca, Italy (also '97, '98)

"Mostra di Incisione", Barga, Italy (also '97, '98)

"Book Art Exhibition", Gallery, Asuka, Tokyo


"The Gift to Children", Yurinkan, Gunma, Japan


"The 22st Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan", Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo (also ‘92) [catalogue]

Fellowships, Awards


Nissan Art Award 2013, The finalist, Yokohama, Japan


AICA Award 2010, Solo show "キル- Artist Books Series", The 2nd place, comercial gallery nationally category, USA


The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA


Stayed in New York under fellowship of Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists, The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan


Stayed in New York and Italy under the Pola Art Foundation Overseas Program, Japan


The 8th scholar of Holbein Inc., Japan


The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA

Yale University Art Gallery Allan Chasanoff Collection CT, USA

The Francis J. Greenburger Collection, New York, NY, USA

Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan

K.K. R Collection, Tokyo, Japan

The Nissan Art Collection, Yokohama, Japan

Yupo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan / Chesapeak, VA, USA



A juror for the Artist Fellowship Program in drawing, The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), Boston, MA


A Juror for the Yupo Wally Award, Yupo Corporation, Chesapeak, VA

Selected Publications

(Exhibition catalogues indicated by [catalogue] above)

Catherine Craft, "An Interview with Noriko Ambe", Nasher Sculpture Center Magazine, Fall edition, 2017

"Noriko Ambe, Continuous Cutting Altered Daily", Nano Universe, July 1, 2016 (text in Japanese)

"New Cut Paper Book Sculptures by Noriko Ambe", Soon&Tamago Magazine, June 23, 2016

"A Talk with Artist, Noriko Ambe", Moderneast Magazine, March 7, 2016

Eric Bryant, Review, "Noriko Ambe at Castelli", Art News, January edition, 2014

"Noriko Ambe, Cutting - Without an Outline at Castelli", Wall Street International Managize, Nov.15, 2013

Wakahito Onishi, Review, "Fragileness and boldness- Nissan Art Award 2013", Asahi News Paper, Oct. 9, 2013, evening edition (text in Japanese)

" Taking a Slice Out of Moderrn Art: The Artists'Books of Noriko Ambe", MoMA website, Jan.13, 2013

"Studio Visit With Artist Noriko Ambe", Soon&Tamago Magazine, Dec. 7, 2012

Stefanie Zobel, "In Search of Balance", Nicolai , No.1, April- June edition, 2012 (text in German)

Wylie Schwartz, Art Review "TIME AND TIDE", After image , Vol.40. No.1, 2012

Jon Dufort, Art Review "Inner Water", Syracuse New Times, edition, 2012

Wayne Alan Brenner, Art Review "White Scape", Austin Chronicle, March 2 edition, 2012

Luke Quinton, "Cutting to the heart of art", Austin 360, Feb. 23 edition, 2012

"Dojima River Biennale" Review, BT, September edition, 2011(text in Japanese)

Darryl Wee, "Ecosophia"- Dojima River Biennale, Osaka- Critic's Pick, Art Forum, Summer edition, 2011

Review, Asahi newspaper, Aug. 4, evening edition, 2011(text in Japanese)

Review, Yomiuri newspaper, May 2, evening edition, 2011(text in Japanese)

Noriko Kawakami, "Beyond the time by Cutting Action" Review, Pen, June, 15 edition, 2011

Review, GQ, May edition, 2011

Review, Brain, May edition, 2011

"Paper Shelf of Time" Review, Geijyutu-Shincho, monthly art magazine, May edition, 2011(text in Japanese)

Review, Sankei Newspaper, April, 19, 2011(text in Japanese)

“Art Navi: Meeting the Artist”, BT, April edition, 2011(text in Japanese)

Kumi Mtsumaru, "Spending Time With Noriko Ambe" Review, Daily Yomiuri, April, 8, 2011

Roger Green, “Open Book” Review, Sculpture, May edition, 2011

Doug McClemont, “Lazzarini, Ambe, Dalton and Magnum Photos” Review, ArtNews Oct. edition, 2010

Ariel Evans, “Noriko Ambe” Review, Art Lies, No.65, Spring, 2010

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, “ Noriko Ambe: Artist Books, Linear-Actions Cutting Project " Review, The Austin Statesman, December 17, 2009

Haruo Sanda, “The wind of Art [Toward Objects Exhibition]” [text in Japanese] Review, Mainichi Newspaper, Jan.13, 2010

Yuki Ogawa, “”Watching, feeling Books as Contemporary Art”, [text in Japanese] Review, Asahi News Paper, evening edition, Dec. 2, 2009

Noah Simblist, “Mark-Making, Dots, Lines and Curves”, Review, Art Papers, Nov.-Dec. edition, 2009

Lisa Movius, "Mei Guo" ARTnews, Art Reviews, January edition, 2009

"Second Nature Exhibition" Nikkei Science, Art Reviews, January edition, 2009

Ako Sugie, "Tokujin Yoshioka Direction, Second Nature" Nikkei Design, Art Reviews, December edition, 2008

"The place, thinking about the future of design" Mono Magazine, Art Reviews, December 2, 2008

Hideto Akasaka, "Confront to the earth, ask design" Pen, Art Reviews, November 15, 2008

"Design on the Future" Daily Yomiuri, Art Reviews, October 24, 2008

Scarlet Chang, "Paper work? Bring it on" LA Times, Art Reviews, October 26, 2008

Eric Bryant, "On the Cutting Edge" ARTnews, April edition, 2008

Karen Rosemberg, "Willingly or Unwillingly, Calling New York Their Home" New York Times, Art Reviews, November 9, 2007

Jonathan Goodman, “Flat Globe”, Sculpture, Reviews, November edition, 2006

Stratton Lawrence,“Articulated Impermanence,” Charleston City Paper, November 8, 2006

Kunie Sugiura, “Around the world from NY report”, [text in Japanese], BT, April edition, 2006

Merrily Kerr, “New Paper Sculpture”, Art on Paper, March-April edition, 2005

David Pagel, “New Vistas in Landscape Painting,” Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2005

Kelly Klaasmeyer,“OCDelight”, Houston Press, October 14, 2004

Grace Glueck, “Working Words Into Images, Artists Become Story Tellers - Talespinning at the Drawing Center”, New York Times, Art Reviews, Sept. 24, 2004

Lena Nelson, “Mysterious Landscape”, Embrace Swedish magazine, winter edition 2003

Seiichi Maeda, “Noriko Ambe: The ripple from the layers of 100 sheets” [text in Japanese], monthly art magazine Geijutsu shincho, Review, September edition 2003

Wakahito Onishi, “Looking at the New Generation: Contemporary Art Galleries's Simultaneous Transmission” [text in Japanese], Asahi Newspaper, evening edition, August 4, 2003

Haruo Sanda, “Looking at the New Generation: Creative Younger Artists Who Eschew Trendy” [text in Japanese], Mainichi Newspaper, evening edition, August 5, 2003

Elisa Turner, "Japanese Art: Less ‘whammo’ This Time Around", Miami Herald, Review, October 26、2003

Jessica Rosin, “Linear-Actions Cutting Project '02: Lands of Emptiness”, Art on Paper website, Review, February, 2003