It is over ten years since Emiko Kasahara moved to New York to work as an artist. In Japan she first came to notice with her sculpture and after that with a variety of media such as video installation and performance work.She looks at the way the body and sexual differences are represented in society. Although she takes a very analytical stance there is always at the same time a sensual beauty to be found in her work.

At Edition Works Kasahara made a multiple work entitled "MANUS- CURE". This consisted of 1050 colors of nail polish painted onto polyester film. The colors were then cut into small squares, culminating in thirty pages. With their names screen printed below and arranged alphabetically, they were placed in a mirror-like stainless steel box - somewhat like a cosmetic box. When we consider the visual beauty of the work and the 1050 nail polishes one by one, we think of the origin of the production of these manufactured goods in the search for beauty. We reflect not only upon how female beauty is packaged in the present but also historically, how it has continued to be manufactured and marketed.

Offering (English)
Collection / Colligation / Colony
digital print

MAnus-cuse (English)
mixed media
Born inTokyo, Japan
MFA from Tama Art University Tokyo, Japan
Grant from Asian Cultural Council, U.S.A
Artist in residence at Cartier Foundation pour l'art contemporain, France
Grant from Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan
Grant from Pola Art Foundation, Japan
Grant from New York Foundation for the Art, U.S.A.
Selected Solo Exhibitions

Gallery Parergon, Tokyo, Japan
Galleri Iteza, Kyoto, Japan
Gallery Yamaguchi, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Lunami, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Kobayashi, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Hals, Tokyo, Japan
Gallery Kobayashi, Tokyo, Japan
"Immaculate Fablication", Deitch Projects, New York, U.S.A.
"Pink", White Box, New York, U.S.A
"Offering", Volkskundemuseum graz, Austria
Selected Group Exhibitions
















"TAMA VIVANT '87", The Seed Hall, Tokyo, Japan
The 8th Hara Annual, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
The 3rd Kanagawa Art Annual, Kanagawa Prefecture Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
"Step toward Arcadia", Gallery αM, Tokyo, Japan
"Emiko Kasahara + Monika Brandmeir -Floating Scale-", Spiral/Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
"Women Artists' of the Day", IMP Hall, Osaka, Japan
"Japanese Clay Work Today", Tochigi Prefecture Museum of Fine Art, Tochigi, Japan
"The 26th Artists Today Exhibition", Yokohama Citizens Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
"Japanese Kunst der Achtziger Jahre", Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany. Traveling exhibition in Germany and Austria (-91)
"The World of Boxes", Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaragi, Japan
"Art Scene of the 1990s", NambaCITY City Hall, Osaka, Japan
A Hybrid Garden, Bigi Art Space, Kyoto, Japan
"Zones of Love", Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan etc. Exhibition also traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Australia, and New Zealand
"A Cabinet of Signs", Tate Gallery Liverpool, England. Also White Chapel Gallery, London, England
"Space, Time, Memory: Photography and Beyond in Japan", Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan. Exhibition also traveled to Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada,
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art and Denver Art Musum,
The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, U.S.A. (-97)
"The Age of Anxiety", Power Plant, Toronto, Canada
"Art in Japan Today 1985-1995" Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
"Asia-Pacific Contemporary Art Triennial", Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
"Nowhere -Incandescent-", Louisiana, Copenhagen, Denmark
"Resurrection of Topos 3", Asakura Gallery & Hillside Forum, Tokyo, Japan
"Floating Image of Women in Art History", Tochigi Prefecture Museum of Fine Arts, Tochigi, Japan
"Japanese Art Exhibition", National Art Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea
"Tastes and Pursuits: Japanese Art in the 1990s", National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Republic of The Philippines
"Emiko Kasahara + Donald Baechler", Edition Gallery at Dieu Donn
"Visions of The Body: Fashion or Invisible Corset", The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, Also traveled to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
"The 3rd Kwangju Biennale", Kwangju, Korea
"Gendai Japanese Contemporary Art -Between Body and Space-"
Center for Contemporary Art Ujadowski Castle, Warsaw, Poland
Yokohama Triennale, Yokohama, Japan
"Trauancy", Art & Idea, New York, U.S.A.
"Rags to Riches", Kresge Art Museum. Exhibition also traveled to Maryland Institute College of Art,
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Hecksher Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum,
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, U.S.A. (-03)
"Made in Asia", Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, U.S.A.
"Sighting:Three Japanese Artists",White Box, New York, U.S.A.
"Chat @ the MIMOCA", Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan
"Contemporary American Paper Artists", Columbia College Chicago, U.S.A.
"A Cabinet of Curiosities", The New York Public Library, New York, U.S.A.
"Oral Fixation", Center for Cultural Studies Museum at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, U.S.A.
"Reflex / Reflejo", Art & Idea, Mexico City, Mexico
"SUPER YOU", Daniel Silverstein Gallery, New York, U.S.A.
Emiko Kasahara at ART & IDEA room, SCOPE, New York, U.S.A.
"Formed to Function", John Micheal Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, U.S.A.
Auckland Triennale, Auckland, New Zealand
Sydney Biennale
"CHIKAKU", Kunsthaus Graz, Austria
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin 
Cantor Center for Visual Art at Stanford University, U.S.A.
Deutsh Bank Tokyo, Japan
Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University,Cambridge, U.S.A.
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Ise Foundation,Tokyo, Japan
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
New york Public Library, New York, U.S.A.
Norton Family Foundation, Los Angeles, U.S.A.
Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
Spiral/Wacoal Art Center,Tokyo, Japan
Stiftung fur Gegenwartskunst, Balzers, Lichtenstein
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan
Tochigi Prefecture Museum of Fine Art, Tochigi, Japan
Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, Japan
U.C. Berkley Art Museum, Berkley, U.S.A.
Yves Klein Foundation, Arizona, U.S.A.
 marble 93.4x66.6x33.3cm

 photo: Christopher Smith
 UNTITLED -Slit #1- 1995
 marble, water, bleach

 photo: Christopher Smith
 UNTITLED -Double Urinal- 1993
 marble, water, bleach
 24x19x19cm for each

Installation view at the
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

photo: Mari Sakamoto

 STRUCTURE #9 2001
 false eyelashes, paper, glue

Detail of the work on the left
UNTITLED -Three Types- 1993
wood, cloth, styrofoam, stainless steel, silicon
photo: Mareo Suemasa
UNTITLED -Three Types-
Detail of the work on the left
photo: Mareo Suemasa
PINK #7 1996-7
digital print 127x152.5cm
PINK #7 1996-7
Installation view at theTochigi Prefecture Museum of Fine Art.

photo: Masaaki Hirakata 
LA CHARME#1 2001
synthetic hair, plywood, cloth and DVD on monitor 172.7cm diameter×7 pieces
LA CHARME #2 2001
synthetic hair, plywood, cloth
DVD on monitor
117cm diameter
  LA CHARME #2 2001
  Performance view from DVD on
  the installation (photo on the
  left). Duration
25 min.
LA CHARME#1 2001
Performance view