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Art in the Garden

Noritaka Tatehana: Refashioning Beauty

Photo by GION

Noritaka Tatehana is one of Japan’s most critically-acclaimed artists and craftsmen. His work ranges from stainless steel sculptures to wooden platform clogs reminiscent of those worn by the Oiran courtesans (花魁) during Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868). Tatehana rose to prominence in both the UK and US through the world of fashion by creating gravity-defying heelless platforms for the likes of Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness.

This contemporary, multi-disciplinary art exhibition is co-curated by Christina Cacouris and set in Portland Japanese Garden’s galleries, marking the first-ever solo show by Tatehana in the United States. It will survey a comprehensive body of Tatehana’s signature works as inspired by Japanese traditional aesthetics, artisanship, and sensibilities toward nature.

During Tatehana’s stay in Portland from October 1 – 8, he will give lectures at the Garden on contemporary Japanese product design/fashion/art landscape. This exhibition is in conjunction with Portland Fashion Week 2019 (2019 FashioNXT Week. Oct 2-5), Portland’s premier annual fashion festival that draws established and emerging fashion design professionals from around the globe.