Past Exhibitions

Crossing the Bridge: Emiko Nakano—Abstract Landscapes

nakano-442-1May 1–January 15, 2015
MMA La Mirada

During War World War II, while interned at the Granada Relocation Center in Colorado, Nakano continued to draw and paint. After the war, she studied painting at the California School of Fine Arts from 1947–1951 (now the San Francisco Art Institute) under major artists and mentors, Clyfford Still, James Budd Dixon, Edward Corbett, Richard Diebenkorn, Hassel Smith, and Elmer Bischoff. She exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1952 and was included, along with sculptor Ruth Asawa, at the São Paulo Biennale in 1955. Though she relinquished painting after the 1960s, following the death of her father, Emiko Nakano was among the many important Bay Area abstract artists who influenced generations of California contemporary painting.

Image: Emiko Nakano, Night Landscape, circa 1954-55, oil on canvas, private collection