Misaki Kawai

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Misaki Kawai (河井美咲) (born 1978 in Ōkawa, Kagawa, Japan[1][2]) is a Japanese artist. Her work has been shown extensively in the United States.[3] "Her father was an architect and amateur painter and her mother made clothing and puppets" [4] Kawai creates installations out of papier-mâché, wood, fabric, and other low-tech, "crafty" materials like felt, stickers, and yarn.[5] She shuns expertise and uses an anime method called heta-uma that "risks amateur aesthetics by embracing basic expression" [6] Kawai artist book, Blueberry Express, was published by Nieves Press in 2009.[7]


  1. ^ http://www.icaboston.org/about/pressreleases/kawai/
  2. ^ Eric C. Shiner; Reiko Tomii; Japan Society (New York, N.Y.) (2007). Making a home: Japanese contemporary artists in New York. Japan Society. p. 205. ISBN 978-0-300-12634-1.
  3. ^ GRAEBER, LAUREL (March 15, 2012). "Wizard Of Whimsy". New York Times. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  4. ^ "ICA Boston". Momentum 7: Misaki Kawai. 2006–2007. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "ICA Boston". Momentum 7: Misaki Kawai. 2006–2007. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  6. ^ Thorne, James (May 9, 2012). "Misaki Kawai for Paddle8". Cool Hunting. Captain Lucas, Inc. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Blueberry Express". Nieves Catalogue - Misaki Kawai. Nieves Press. Retrieved September 16, 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Smith, Roberta "Make Room for Video, Performance and Paint," The New York Times, January 3, 2010
  • Michilis, Raphael "Good Sense Bad Technique" (Interview), Elephant, Issue No.1, Winter 2009-10
  • "Manifesto", Art Review, April Issue #31, 2009
  • "Wild Feature", New York Times, July 24, 2009
  • "The Fiction Issue", Vice Magazine, December Issue, 2008
  • "Tokyo's Hottest Creators Misaki Kawai," Harper's BAZAAR May, 2008
  • “Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York,” Japan Society, NYC, 2007
  • Fricke, Kirsten "Misaki Kawai," Theme Magazine, Spring, 2007
  • McQuaid, Cate "In her whimsical installation, she plays with dolls," The Boston Globe, March 27, 2007
  • Shirasaka,Yuri "HETA-UMA & Underground Summit Japan/U.S.A. @ ON SUNDAYS & BOROBORO DORODORO SHOW@Watari Museum of Contemporary Art", Bijutsu Techo, Vol.59, No.890, January, 2007
  • "A Decade Of Art In Tokion" (Interview), Revisionaries, 2007
  • "Trouble At Play", Modern Painters, November Issue, 2007
  • "It’s a Beautiful Day", The Asahi Shimbun, January 13, 2006
  • Goodman, Wendy "home is where the art is," MODERNPAINTERS, March, 2006
  • Saltz, Jerry "Lesser New York", The Village VOICE, March 28, 2005
  • Smith, Roberta "Desired Constellations," The New York Times, August 5, 2005
  • Poor, Kristin "PROJECT IN THE MAKING...: THE WOW-WEE WORLD OF MISAKI KAWAI," ArtAsiaPacific No.45 Summer, 2005
  • LaVallee, Andrew "Majority Whip: Get Personal with Politics," NY ARTS, July/August, 2004
  • Buckner, Clark "Kuru Kuru Jet," GUARDIAN: The San Francisco Bay, June 2, 2004
  • Mar, Alex "Misaki Kawai," The New York Sun, February 6, 2003
  • Smith, Roberta "A Bread-Crumb Trail to the Spirit of the Times", The New York Times, 2003
  • Saltz, Jerry "Rays of Light", The Village Voice, 2003
  • Smith, Roberta "ART IN REVIEW, MISAKI KAWAI," The New York Times, January 31, 2003
  • Smith, Roberta "ART REVIEW; A Bread-Crumb Trail to the Spirit of the Times," The New York Times, January 17, 2003
  • Smith, Roberta "ART GUIDE: TENTIONISM," The New York Times, March 15, 2002

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