Artist's Page

Shio Kusaka

Born in Morioka, Japan, 1972

BFA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2001

Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

One-Person Exhibitions

one light year, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY

Neutra VDL Studio and Residences, curated by Douglas Fogle and Hanneke Skerath, Los Angeles, CA

Gagosian Gallery, Rome, Italy

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland

greengrassi, London, UK
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY 

The Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland
Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA 

greengrassi, London, UK  

Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY  

Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Ferndale, MI
Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL  

Tortoise, Venice, CA

Group Exhibitions

Raffi & Al's Legendary Garden Party, Vielmetter, Los Angeles, CA

100 Hooks, Blunk Space, Point Reyes Station, CA

Vessels, David Zwirner Gallery, London, UK

Yakimono, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Sotheby's Palm Beach, Palm Beach, FL
L.A., MAKI Collection, Tennoz, Tokyo, Japan
20/20, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
Pacific Coast Ceramics, hosted by Galeria Mascota, Aspen, CO

Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Close at Hand: Modern and Contemporary Sculpture, Gagosian Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Fire and Clay, Gagosian, Geneva, Switzerland

Shio Kusaka & Jonas Wood, Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar, Netherlands 
Recent Acquisitions in Asian Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, OH

Going Public: The Napoleone Collection – International Art Collectors in Sheffield, Graves Gallery, Sheffield, UK; traveled to Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale, UK
Please Have Enough Acid in the Dish!, M+B, Los Angeles, CA
SexPot, Visual Arts Gallery, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
Implosion 20, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY  

Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood, Karma, New York, NY
Blackwelder: Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka,
Gagosian Gallery, Hong Kong
Small Sculpture
, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL 

Whitney Biennial
, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Displayed, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY
Shio Kusaka, Jonas Wood, Shane Campbell Gallery, Lincoln Park, IL
FIRE!, Venus Over Manhattan, New York, NY

Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka: Still Life with Pots, Glenn Horowitz Booksellers, East Hampton, NY
Tenth Anniversary Show, Wallspace, New York, NY

Verlangsamte Performance, Van Horn, Dusseldorf, Germany
East and West Shift to the Middle, Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City, MO

Paul Clay
, Salon 94, New York, NY
Dwelling, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Banquet of the Black Jackal, Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex, California State University, Los Angeles, CA  

Multiple Pleasures: Functional Objects in Contemporary Art, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, NY
A Harmonious Mix of Objects, Mihai Nicodim, Los Angeles, CA
Not Extractions, but Abstractions, Karma International, Zurich, Switzerland
Not Extractions, but Abstractions (Part 2), Clifton Benevento, New York, NY  

Objects, Furniture & Patterns
, Art Since the Summer of ’69, New York, NY  

Friends and Family
, Anton Kern Gallery, New York, NY  

, Champion Fine Art, Culver City, CA 164 ½ , Los Angeles, CA


Isamu Noguchi Award



Shio Kusaka: one light year. New York: David Zwirner Books, 2023.

Shio Kusaka. Rome: Gagosian, 2018.
Shio Kusaka & Jonas Wood. Wassenaar: The Netherlands, 2018.

Elderton, Louisa and Rebecca Morrill, eds. Vitamin C: Clay and Ceramic in Contemporary Art. London and New York: Phaidon, 2017, 148-151.

Shio Kusaka: Volume 3. New York: Karma; Los Angeles: Wood Kusaka Studios, 2016.

Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka: Blackwelder. Text by Chris Wiley. Hong Kong: Gagosian Gallery, 2015. 

Comer, Stuart, Anthony Elms, and Michelle Grabner. Whitney Biennial 2014. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2014. 

Holte, Michael Ned. Shio Kusaka: Pots. Los Angeles: Wood Kusaka Studios, 2012.
Schürmann, Wilhelm. Verlangsamte Performance. Düsseldorf: Van Horn, 2012. 

Articles and Reviews

Khullar, Samaa. “7 Spring Art Events in NYC That You Don't Want to Miss.”, April 12, 2022.
Becker, Morgan. “Shio Kusaka’s ‘One Light Year’ Celebrates the Essential Qualities of Ceramic Art.”, March 31, 2022.

Guimapang, Katherine. “The 2021 Isamu Noguchi Award Goes to Artist Shio Kusaka and Architect Toshiko Mori.”, August 24, 2021.
Musson, Jeremy. “A Cotswold House Has Been Revived by Its Creative Owners, Who Have Complemented Its Blend of Old and New Architecture with a Striking Collection of Modern Art, as Jeremy Musson Reveals.”, March 28, 2021.

Fonseca, Selma. “New Gallery Aims to Educate by Bringing New Artists to Local Scene.”, December 26, 2020.
Sheets, Hilarie M. “Galleries, Like Their Buyers, Make Themselves at Home in Palm Beach.” New York Times, December 1, 2020.
Bruckner, Karen. “5 Design Things to Do Feb 27 - Mar 4.”, February 24, 2020.
Miranda, Carolina A. “Datebook: Shizu Saldamando’s Portraits Reveal the Faces of L.A.” Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2020.
Peijko, Jennifer. “Throwing Light.” Frieze Week Magazine (February 14-16, 2020): 12-13.

Moroz, Sarah. "The Process Behind Shio Kusaka's Elegant, and Whimsical, Pots." Blouin Art Info, May 24, 2018.
Popescu, Adam. “Andy Warhol in the Powder Room. Christopher Wool on the Floor.” New York Times, May 29, 2018.

Sami, Emory. “6 Tips for Fighting Gender Inequality While Starting Your Own Art Collection.” Vice Media, January 3, 2017.

Bagley, Christopher. "What Happens When Two Artists Fall in Love." W Magazine, September 27, 2016.
Campbell, Andy. "Shio Kusaka." Artforum 55, no. 3 (November 2016): 286-287.
Eckardt, Stephanie. "At Home in the Studio With Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood." W Magazine, July 7, 2016.
Miranda, Carolina A. "Datebook: Sprüth Mager's Key Artists, Japanese-Inspired Ceramics, Video on Tricky Identity." Los Angeles Times, July 1, 2016.
Slenske, Michael. "Playful Clay: Shio Kusaka's Vibrant Vessels Arrive at LA's Blum & Poe." Wallpaper, July 6, 2016.
Sobieski, Elizabeth. "Crafts Take A Giant Leap Forward." Huffington Post, July 11, 2016.
Varadi, Keith J. "Shio Kusaka at Blum & Poe." Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA), July 21, 2016.

Bolwell, Sarah. “Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka: Blackwelder,” Asian Art Newspaper, February 24, 2015.
Crow, Kelly. "Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka: Each Other's Artistic Muses." Wall Street Journal, January 23, 2015.
Lee, Edmund. "Artist Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood Share Similar Creative Interests." South China Morning Post, viewed January 28, 2014.
Miller, Chris. “Review: Shio Kusaka/Shane Campbell Gallery.” Newcity Art, Junary 7, 2015.
O’Toole, Sean. “Critics’ Picks: Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood,” Artforum, February 2015.
Wee, Darryl. “Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka at Gagosian Hong Kong.” Blouin Artinfo, January 14, 2015.

Boucher, Brian. “Displayed,” Art in America, July 24, 2014.
Bryant, Eric. “Generation Next: Joshua and Sonya Roth Collect With an Eye Toward the Future.” Art+Auction, August 23, 2014.
Dambrot, Shana Nys. “California Artists in the 2014 Whitney Biennial,” KCET, January 17, 2014.
Grumbach, Matthew. “Willfully Idiosyncratic Art at Anton Kern Gallery,” BlackBook, July 2, 2014.
Haskell, Rob. “Quiet Strength.” Architectural Digest 71, no. 4 (April 2014): 65.
Herbert, Martin. “Previewed.” ArtReview (Summer 2014): 36-37.
Johnson, Ken. “‘Displayed’ at the Anton Kern Gallery,” New York Times, July 24, 2014.
McGarry, Kevin. “Art Matters: The Whitney Biennial’s Last Upper East Side Hurrah,” T: The New
York Times Style Magazine
, March 7, 2014.
Russeth, Andrew. “‘Displayed’ at Anton Kern Gallery,” Gallerist, July 23, 2014
Schjeldahl, Peter. “Get With It: The Whitney Biennial,” New Yorker, March 17, 2014, p.76-77.
Smith, Roberta. “FIRE!,” New York Times, October 2, 2014.
Vartanian, Hrag. “Whitney Biennial 2014: Michelle Grabner on the Fourth Floor,” Hyperallergic, March 4, 2014.
Wappler, Margaret. "Inside the Home of Two of L.A.'s Fastest Rising Artists." Elle, no. 352 (December 2014): 277-78. 
Whitford, Emma. “The Everything Guide to Urban Claymaking,” New York Magazine, June 18, 2014.
Zhong, Fan. “Display Tactics,” W Magazine, July 24, 2014. 

Ng, David. "Whitney Biennial to Include L.A. Artists, David Foster Wallace," Los Angeles Times, November 2013.
Segal, Troy. “Earthy Vessels,” IN New York, June 2013.
Selz, Gabrielle. “Art Review: Subject and Object in the Art of Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka,” Hamptons Art Hub, June 6, 2013.
“Shio Kusaka.” New Yorker, June 2013.  

“Caty Wilkes and Shio Kusaka at The Modern Institute, Glasgow,” Mousse, November 5, 2012. Fitzpatrick, Kyle.
“Banks Violette & Shio Kusaka at Blum & Poe.” Los Angeles I’m Yours (blog), January 10, 2012.
Kusaka, Shio. "The Artists' Artists." Artforum 51, no. 4 (December 2012): 120.     

Herbert, Martin. “Shio Kusaka,” Time Out (London), July 1, 2011. Smith, Roberta. “Paul Clay,” New York Times, July 1, 2011, p.C24. 

Doran, Anne. “Shio Kusaka,” Time Out, (New York), August 9, 2010.
Jovanovich, Alex. “Shio Kusaka.” Artus, no. 30 (2010-2011): 82.
“Not Extractions, but Abstractions (Part 2), Clifton Benevento, New York, NY,” Minus Space, July 23, 2010.
Smith, Roberta. “Varieties of Abstraction,” New York Times, August 5, 2010.
Smith, Roberta. “When the Art Stared Back and Other Trends,” New York Times, December 16, 2010.
Yablonsky, Linda. “Artifacts: Feats of Clay,” New York Times Style Magazine, August 12, 2010.  

Holte, Michael Ned. “Best of 2009.” Artforum 48, no. 4 (December 2009): 193.

Museum and Public Collections

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
The Rachofsky Collection, Dallas, TX

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