Funds Raised at Opening Reception of ‘Gateway Japan’


TORRANCE — The opening reception of the exhibition “Gateway Japan” on March 26 at the Torrance Art Museum raised $6,780 for relief work through the Japanese Red Cross.

An art sale was held during the reception, including works by the featured artists and by local artists who were recruited by the museum. A website is being set up to sell the rest of the artists’ donations. For updates, visit

Curated by Yuko Wakaume, Ei Kibukawa and Max Presneill, “Gateway Japan” is the first in a series of international exhibitions focusing on the link between artists from other countries and those here in Los Angeles with a similar cultural background. It runs through April 30. It consists of about 40 works by 14 Japanese artists and seven Japanese American artists.

“ ‘Gateway Japan’ offers our visitors a chance to take a look at some Japanese artists in a contextual setting alongside some Japanese American artists to investigate the similarities and differences that distance and immersion in a different culture may bring to each,” explained Presneill. “This is perhaps akin to tracking twins separated by birth to see what lies in the debate of ‘nurture vs. nature’ for them as artists — a particularly difficult task when the art world is so cosmopolitan and entwined.

“Global art fairs, the Internet and other aspects of art in the 21st century have helped create a swirling cauldron of ideas and images available to all and influencing artists across the world.”

Featured artists:

Masaru Aikawa

Taku Anekawa

Shusuke Ao

Jocelyn Foye

Shingo Francis

Gajin Fujita

Tomoo Gokita

Yuki Hashimoto

Mitsuko Ikeno

Ichiro Irie

Minako Kumagai

Gil Kuno

Nobuhito Nishigawara

Satoshi Saegusa

Keiko Sakamoto

Akira Shikiya

Macha Suzuki

Devon Tsuno

Akihiro Yasugi

Kenichi Yokono

Yuki Yoshida

The reception included a sumo match that Foye used to create a sculptural relief painting.

The museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Dr. in Torrance. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit the website, call (310) 618-6340 or e-mail [email protected].



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