Saturday, September 24th, 2016, 6 pm
New York, NY 10035
On September 8th, Lydia Okumura opened her first U.S. survey show “Lydia Okumura: Situations” at the UB Galleries in Buffalo, curated by Rachel Adams. The show presents an impressive display of her geometric painting installations and drawing from the 1970s and 80s, metal mesh sculptures from 1984, her 1972 outdoor earth pieces, and a new site-specific installation “Diagonal Light” (1977/2016). “Lydia Okumura: Situations” will tour in the U.S. until 2018. The exhibition catalog will be released in November 2016.
We would like to talk with Lydia Okumura in Harlem about her experience during the work on this complex and outstanding retrospective exhibition in Buffalo.
Lydia Okumura was born in São Paulo in 1948 to a Japanese immigrant family.
Since 1971 Okumura started exhibiting in Brazil her early conceptual installations, among them the floor text piece Object Module – 1mm3 / Módulo Objeto – 1 mm3, First realized at the National Biennial of São Paulo,1972, – now on show at THE FIREHOUSE in our Harlem gallery buildings.
After winning a prize at the 1973 São Paulo Biennial and encouraged by American critic Gregory Battcock, Okumura moved to New York. In the following years she exhibited some of her most prominent geometric paintings installations in various galleries, institutions and collectors’ homes in New York City, Latin America and Japan.
BROADWAY 1602 began working with Lydia Okumura in 2014 during the 2-part gallery project “ULTRAPASSADO”, women artist and geometric abstraction. The gallery now represent Lydia Okumura in the U.S. and Europe. In March 2017 we will present a solo exhibition of the artist at BROADWAY 1602 HARLEM.