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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 (October 2-6 at the Old Church Concert Hall in Downtown Portland) Portland’s premier annual Fashion Week draws established and emerging fashion design professionals from around the globe. It is one of the oldest in the U.S. and is considered to be the most sustainably Produced Fashion Week in the world.

Presenting Sponsors: Arlene Schnitzer & Jordan Schnitzer. Additional support provided by the Regional Arts & Culture Council; the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; and Yamato Transport U.S.A., Inc.