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Kumi Korf

Born: 1937 Tokyo, Japan
Lives in Ithaca, NY and works in Ithaca, NY and NYC, NY

Kumi Korf likes to make to make multiples, that is ‘squares’ of unrelated abstractions linked together to form panels of shapes and colors.

Unlike the repetitive images of the Pop generation, Korf’s multiple images stand alone as separate pieces of her thought process; each a contemplative element in a matrix of veiled memories.

She seeks a balance between the Eastern culture she was born into and the Western world, especially 20th century Modernism, that she has adopted as her home. Allowing impulse and intuition into her compositions and colors, she creates complex multiple-plate intaglio prints that have a quiet, seemingly effortless beauty.

A color catalogue of the artist’s work is available.

1959 BA Architecture, Tokyo University of Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan
1977 MFA Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2022 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2018 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2017 Gallery Ami-Kanoko, Osaka, Japan
2013 Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2012 Recent Acquisitions; United States Art Bank Program, Washington DC
2011 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2011 Durango Arts Center, Durango, CO
2010 Tepco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2009 Gallery Ami, Osaka, Japan
2009 Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ
2009 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2008 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2009 Aqua Art Miami, Miami, Fl
2007 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2007 Gallery Ami, Osaka, Japan
2006 Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2005 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2005 Gallery Kanoko, Osaka, Japan
2004 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2004 Shinshu/Matsumoto, Nakamachi Kura no Kaikan, Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
2003 Chandler Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2001 Museum West Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
1997 Printmaking Workshop Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Tyler Art Gallery, State University of New York at Oswego, NY
1994 Upstairs Gallery, Ithaca, NY
1991 Sibley Fine Arts Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1987 New Acquisitions Gallery, Syracuse, NY
1986 Village Gate Art Center, Rochester, NY
1982 Cultural Center, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
1981 Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY
1980 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 Center for Book Arts, New York: Annual Exhibition
2006 National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC: The Book as Art
2005 Atelier Lacouriere-Frelaut, Paris, France New York
2000 Studio Gallery on Azeele, Tampa, FL: Sculptural Books
2000 Museum West Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
1999 Gallery on the Hudson, Irvington, NY: Pushing Paper
1999 Paul Mesaros Gallery, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
1998 Monique Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY: Looking East
1998 Center for Book Arts, New York, NY: Textile, Fiber, Thread: The Book Show (97, 95, 94)
1998 HarperCollins Exhibition Space, New York, NY: Hand,Spirit, Invention
1998 Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, University of California Santa Cruz, CA: Kumi Korf and Helen Wallis
1998 Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT: New Acquisitions
1998 Bristol-Meyers Squibb Gallery, Princeton, NJ: Art Heals the Spirit
1997 Corcoran Gallery, Wash. DC: Pyramid Atlantic 5th Biannual Book Arts Fair’s Invitational Exhibit
1997 55 Mercer Gallery, New York, NY: The Pink Show
1997 Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Auburn, NY: Upstate Invitational
1997 AlbrightKnox Gallery, Buffalo, NY: Area Artists Collection 1997-98
1996 Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY: Finger Lakes Exhibition
1996 Connecticut Graphic Arts Center, Norwalk, CT: Paperwor Selected

Selected Collections
New York Public Library, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art Library, New York, NY
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
Savaria Muzuem, Szombathely, Hungary
Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Olin Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Tate Library, London, England
University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Columbia-Presbyterian Center, New York, NY
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Center of Book Arts, Tuscaloosa, AL
Library of Congress, Rare Books Collection, Washington DC
Marvin and Ruth Sackner Collection, Miami Beach, FL
Mills College, Olin Libray, Mills College, Oakland, CA

1999 CAP II Community Artists’ Project, Ithaca, NY: New Project Grant
1998 New York Foundation for the Arts, NY: Special Opportunity Stipend
1997 Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY: Fellowship
1992 Diverse Forms Artists’ Projects, Regional Initiative: Artist’s Grant (Rockefeller Foundation, NEA & Warhol Foundation)

Selected Architectural Commissions
1999 Outdoor Living Space for Mr & Mrs R.N. Sudan
1997 Residence for Ms. Suzanne Soyring
1995 Residence, renovation, Mr & Mrs Winthrop Wetherbee
1994 Residence, renovation, Mr & Mrs Jork Sellschop
1993 Residence, addition, Mr & Mrs Jork Sellschop