Artist Kikuo Saito (1939-2016) was born in Tokyo and relocated to New York City in the mid-1960s, exploring a painting practice influenced by the color field movement, Abstract Expressionism, and his influential involvement in theater production and design. In the hamlet of Verplanck, New York, on the east bank of the Hudson River, Saito’s studio occupied the former St. Patrick’s Catholic School, which he bought with his wife Mikiko Ino. Developed around his memory, interdisciplinary philosophy, and in accordance with his wishes following his death, the space was transformed with the help of architect Sarah Strauss into the multi-use gallery and studio KinoSaito.
Saito’s works are exhibited on a revolving basis, complemented by curated exhibitions and the artist-in-residence program, which hosts two artists at a time for periods of six weeks between March and November. Studios boast 900 square feet of work space and open studio events invite visitors to spark conversation and see works in progress. While the residency currently operates via nominations or invitations, the public are welcome to visit for a rotating program of exhibitions, performances, and workshops that utilize both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Through May 7, 2023, Kikuo Saito’s earthenware wall works are on display in Pictorial Clay, curated by Jim Walsh, alongside sculptural works by Patrice Renee Washington, Murray Hochman, and Niki Lederer. Learn more at kinosaito.org.
All images © KinoSaito. Photographs by Chika Kobari, courtesy of KinoSaito and XS Architect