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Noriko Ambe

Born in Saitama, Japan, 1967

2004-2019    Lived in New York

2020-            Works in New York and Saitama, Japan

1990               BFA / Oil Painting, Musashino Art University, Tokyo

Residency Programs

2006              “Force of Nature Project” at The University of Charleston, South Carolina, USA

2005              Art Omi International Residency, Ghent, NY, USA
2004-2005    LMCC (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council) Work Space : Session B, New York
2003, 2002   The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA
1997-1999      Summer Printmaking Program, studied under
 Luis Camnitzer, Lucca, Italy

Solo Exhibitions

2023              “Covers: Signs & Holes” Fuji Paper Art Museum, Shizuoka, Japan

2022              “In the Room-A Portrait of Eroshenko” Nakamuraya Salon Museum, Tokyo
2021               “Dividing” Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA
                       “Lines that Talking” Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery ATLIA, Saitama, Japan
2020              “Shadows and Synchronicity” MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan
2018               “Parallel Wo
rld” Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA
2017               “(Un) filtered reflections” A LOFT at Hermès, Singapore
2016               "Continuous Cutting Altered Daily", MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY, Tokyo 

2015               “Satellite View” Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA
2013               “Cutting Without an Outline” Castelli Gallery, New York
2012               “Inner Water” The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
                       “White Scape” Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas, USA
2011                “TIME LAG” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo, Japan
2010               “キル-Artist Books” The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
2007              “Flat Globe 2007” d.e.n contemporary art gallery, Culver City, CA
2006              “Flat Globe” Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York
2004              “Was it a Ghost?” Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY
2003              “Lands of Emptiness” PIEROGI, Brooklyn, NY
                       “Dear Lucy” A Viewpoint by 10 Galleries in Ginza Artist Support Program 2003, Gallery Natsuka Tokyo
                       “Voyage” Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA
2002              “Details” Gallery Natsuka b.p., Tokyo
2001               “Works of Linear-Actions” Makii Masaru Fine Arts, Tokyo
1999               “Like a Running River” Fukaya Station Gallery & Hiraka-ya, Saitama, Japan
1995               “With the Continuously Current” J2 GALLERY, Tokyo
1994               “The Romanesque in the Wild” J2 GALLERY, Tokyo
1993               “On the Road to the Circle” Gallery Natsuka, Tokyo
1992.              “Beyond the Landscape” Gallery Q, Tokyo

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022                         "MAGMA VIVO -Live Magma in Japanese Contemporary Art-" Cuma Archeological Park, Naples, Italy 

                                      "A Quest into the World "with" PAPER" Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Japan

                       "Among Friends: Three Views of a Collection" The FLAG Art Foundation, New York 

2021               “Lines that Encountering- Artist in School Program, collaborate with 96 children” Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery ATLIA, Saitama, Japan                                  “Winter” MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY, Tokyo
2020              “Home Style II” Castelli Gallery, New York

                       “Premonitory Terrains” New York Artists Equity Gallery, New York
2019               “CUT OUT! Adventure on Books - from UAM Collection” Urawa Museum, Saitama, Japan

                        "Mapping Life" Visual Arts Gallery, New Jersey City University, NJ
2018               “Beyond the Ink Wash - The 4th Kunming Art Biennial” Yunnan Art Museum, Kunming, China
                       “Modes of Mapping” The Shirley Fiterman Art Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York
                       “A Colossal World, Japanese Artists and New York 1950s - Present” Whitebox Gallery, New York
2017               “Paper into Sculpture” Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
                       “Rock, Paper, Scissors” The Grace Building, One Liberty Plaza, New York
                       “Deep Cut: Contemporary Paper Cutting” Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
2016               “Cut, Folded, Pressed & Other Actions” David Zwirner Gallery, New York
                       “Pioneer Lust” Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
                       “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
                       “Between the Covers: Altered Books in Contemporary Art” Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art, Scranton, PA
2014               “Odd Volumes: Book Art from the Allan Chasanoff Collection” Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
                       “CT Unbound” Artspace, New Haven, CT
                       “Pierogi XX: Twentieth Anniversary Exhibition at Pierogi” Pierogi, Brooklyn
                       “The Metamorphoses of Books” directed by Ryuta Imafuku, Bakuro-cho Art + Eat, Tokyo
                       “A Book Between Two Stools” The Boghossian Foundation, Villa Empain, Brussels, Belgium
                       “Final Cut” Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg, Germany
                       “When Empty Self Becomes Form” TS Art Projects, Berlin, Germany
    "Nissan Art Award 2013", BankART NYK, Yokohama, Japan

                       “ED Ruscha Books & Co [Various Small Books]” Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York
                       “Undrawn Drawings, Works of Paper” Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France
Road to the Interior- Contemporary Japanese Artists” Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Phoenix, AZ

2012               “The First Cut” The Manchester Art Gallery / Nottingham University Djangly Art Gallery / SeaCity Museum, South Hampton, UK
                       “ABC, Art and Books, Collaborated Works” Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art,Japan (traveling show)
2011                “ABC, Art and Books, Collaborated Works “ Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan
                       “Dojima River Biennale” Dojima River Forum, Osaka, Japan
                       “The Tiger and the Sunflower” Schroeder Romero & Shredder Gallery, NY
                       “Silent Significance” LM D Gallerie, Paris, France
                       “Asia Unspecific” FiveMyles, Brooklyn, NY
                       “Mappamundi” The Berardo Museum of Contemporary Art, Lisbon, Portugal
2010               “Touched” Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York
                       “PaperCut” Lemberg Gallery, MI
                       “Recent Works” Sicardi Gallery, TX
                       “Open Book” Eastern Michigan University Gallery, MI
                       “Holland Paper Biennial 2010” The Museum of Rijswijk, The Netherlands
2009              "Slash - Paper Under the Knife” The Museum of Arts and Design, New York
                       "Volcano Lovers", Ise Foundation, New York
                       "Toward Objects- Transforming the World of Books” Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan
                       "WALL ROCKETS : Contemporary Artists and ED Ruscha” Albright - Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY (traveling show)
                       "Mark-Making: Dots, Lines and Curves” Lora Raynolds Gallery, Austin, TX
                       "A House is not A Home” SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo
                       "Commune" Black & White Gallery, New York
                       "Cutters" The Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York / Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ
                       "The Book Borrowers” Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA
2008              "Exhibition 4 Tokujin Yoshioka Direction "Second Nature” 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo
                       "WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and ED. Ruscha” The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
                       "CUT: Making of Removal” Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, CA
                       "Uncoordinated: Mapping Cartography in Contemporary Art” CAC - The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
                       "Paper City” Mixed Greens Gallery, New York
                       "Mei Guo” Contrasts Gallery, Shanghai, China
                       "Flow: Noriko Ambe, Ulrike Heydenreich, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle" Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
2007              "Making a Home - Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York” Japan Society,New York
                       "Force of Nature Documentary Exhibition in Japan” Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto, Japan

2006              "Art on Paper Biannual 2006” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
                       "Dialogue with a Tree – Force of Nature Project” Halsey Gallery, College of Charleston, SC
                       "Trans-boundary Experience, an exhibition from China, Korea and Japan"Spool mfg./State University of New York, Binghamton, NY
2005              "Bonds" Ise foundation, New York / Spanish Embassy in Miami, FL
                       "Pulp –Paper Sculptures” Produce Gallery, Tyler School of Art,Philadelphia, PA
2004              “Microwave" Sicardi Gallery, Houston, TX
                       “Talespinning - Selection Fall 2004" The Drawing Center, New York
                       "Troy Stories” Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, CA
                       "Newpapers" Cristinerose/Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York
2003              “Terrarium" Bronx River Art Center, Bronx, NY
                       “JAPAN:RISING" Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art, FL
                       "White" Bill Maynes Gallery, New York
                       "Take Out” Zabriskie Gallery, New York
                       "Perforations" Valerie McKenzie Fine Arts, New York
                       "Plastic Gardens” Cristinerose/Josee Bienvenu Gallery, New York
                       "Line Dancing” Islip Art Museum, NY
2002              "Looking East Looking West – Asian Artists at the Vermont Studio Center"Brattleboro Museum,Brattleboro, VT
                       "Philip Morris Art Award 2002 – The First Move” Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo
2001               "The 20st Imadate Contemporary Paper Art Exhibition" Imadate Museum,Fukui, Japan
2000              "1st Biennale International Miniature Exhibition” Vancouver, Canada
                       "Biennale Internationale d'estampes Miniatures de Montreal” Montreal, Canada
1999               "Mostra di Incisione” Barga, Italy (also '97, '98)
                       "Book Art Exhibition” Gallery, Asuka, Tokyo
1993               "The 22st Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan” Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo (also ‘92)

Fellowships, Awards

2013               The 1st NISSAN ART AWARD 2013, the finalist, Japan
2011                AICA Award 2010, The 2nd place of commercial gallery nationally, USA
2007              The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York
2004-2005   Stayed in New York under fellowship of Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists,The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan
2003              The Freeman Fellowship NY, stayed at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2002              The Honorable mention of the Freeman Fellowship NY, stayed at the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson,VT, USA

1999-2000    Stayed in New York and Italy under the Pola Art Foundation Overseas Program, Japan

1994               The 8th Scholar of Holbein Inc., Japan

The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Museum of Fine Arts Huston, Texas
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, USA
The FLAG Art Foundation, New York
Urawa Art Museum, Saitama, Japan
Yunnan Art Museum, China
K.K. R Collection, Tokyo, Jap

Tiffany & Co. Collection, Tokyo, Japan
Swiss Re Collection, Tokyo, Japan
Nissan Art Collection, Yokoham
a, Japan
Yupo Corporation, Tokyo, Japan / Chesapeake, VA, USA

Workshop and Others

2023                         Workshop + exhibition "Cutting Drawing 2023" with junior high school students at Saikosya art school, Urawa, Saitama, Japan

2022                Workshop + exhibition "MAGMA VIVO -Live Magma in Japanese Contemporary Art-" at Naples Academy of Fine Art, Naples, Italy
2021               Artist in School Program at Kawaguchi municipal Namiki elementary school / Kawaguchi Municipal Art Gallery ATLIA, Saitama, Japan
2018               Artist talk at “The 4th Kunming Art Biennale” Kunming, China

                       Workshop “Under the Big Tree” at The Yunnan Art Museum, Kunming, China
2017               Guest speaker at Mami Kosemura’s seminar, Wako University, Tokyo
                       Workshop “(Un) filtered Reflections” at School of the Arts, Singapore
                       Workshop “(Un) filtered Reflections” at Osaki Junior High School, Miyagi, Japan
2014               Lecturer at The Rose U
niversity, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
2008              Juror of the Artist Fellowship Program in Drawing, The Massachusetts Cultural Council, Boston, MA
2006              Juror of the Yupo Wally Award, Yupo Corporation, Chesapeake, VA


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