BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//PYVOBJECT//NONSGML Version 1//EN BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTART:20110303T000000Z DTEND:20110529T000000Z DESCRIPTION:SULLIVAN GOSS &ndash\; An American Gallery is pleased to announ ce the gallery&rsquo\;s first exhibition from the estate of Japanese Ameri can artist FRANK TAIRA (1913 - 2010). On view March 3 through May 29\, 201 1\, this exhibition features nine paintings from the mid 1950s to the mid 1970s &ndash\; an era in which the classically trained artist experimented avidly with Orphism &ndash\; a form of Cubism preoccupied with color. On display are seven important paintings of Taira&rsquo\;s experiments with a bstraction.&nbsp\; Another highlight of the exhibition will be a 1957 self -portrait. \n Frank Moriihiko Taira was born in San Francisco to Japanese parents in 1913.&nbsp\; When they decided to return to Japan\, Taira staye d behind &ndash\; working his way through high school.&nbsp\; He studied a t the California School of Fine Arts\, instructed by leading lights Victor Arnautoff\, Otis Oldfield\, and the director of the school\, Lee Randolph . He exhibited at a juried show at the San Francisco Museum of Art\, and w as invited to prepare a one-man show at the San Francisco Museum of Art. \ n In 1942\, Taira&rsquo\;s world would forever change with Roosevelt&rsquo \;s executive order 9066T: mandating the internment of Japanese Americans to &ldquo\;relocation camps.&rdquo\;&nbsp\; Taira\, a US citizen\, along w ith 120\,000 ethnic Japanese people\, were held in internment camps for th e duration of the war. None of Taira&rsquo\;s work from before this period survived. While confined\, he taught art at the Topaz Interment Camp alon gside Chiura Obatta\, Matsusaburo (George) Hibi\, and Mine Okubo. \n Upon his release\, Mr. Taira moved to New York\, never again to live in Califor nia. He studied at Columbia University\, the Art Students League and the N ew School for Social Research. His paintings have been exhibited at galler ies\, the National Academy of Design\, the Salamagundi Club\, the First In ternational Biennale in 1998\, and the Florence (Italy) Biennale Internazi onale Bell'Arte Contemporanea in 2001. \n Taira&rsquo\;s body of work refl ects his journey as a marginalized minority trying to personalize the Mode rn art being made around him in the New World. It tells the story of hidde n struggle and the triumph of being rediscovered just years before the end of his life. SUMMARY:Frank Taira (1913 - 2010): The Color Inside URL:/en/events/2011/03/03/frank-taira-1913-2010-the-color-inside/ END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR