Galerie Richard

Shirley KANEDA

“The painter no longer has to subscribe to imaging the “whole” as a universal truth or law. The “at onceness” that Greenberg coined and defined as a way to experience this phenomenological and philosophical aspect of abstract painting can now be re-interpreted to present a different reality based on our current thoughts regarding the way we view, and think about ourselves. What we can take into account is the way the notion of time and space has altered and abstract painting is not a negation of representation.”

Kaneda has continually explored the possibilities of abstract painting in thought provoking ways, juxtaposing a wide variety of painting modes that open possibilities to diverse interpretations. She has persistently attempted to change the terms of abstract painting by questioning and challenging the exclusionary practices that lead to modernism’s entropic collapse.

Kaneda deftly uses these checkerboard patterns along with circles, curvilinear patterns and biomorphic forms to confuse and maintain a shifting space where the placements and relationships among these elements appear to be variable and interchangeable that result in an unstable space where the there is no “last” space or background.



1951 Born in Tokyo, Japan
Lives and works in New York NY


1976 BFA, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY


2019 American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Awards

2011 CCA Andratx Artist in Residence

1999 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

1998 The Elizabeth Foundation

1997 The Pollock Krasner Foundation

1996 National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship/Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation


Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, OH

Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH

Philip Morris USA

Sprint International Corporation

Saks Fifth Avenue Art Collection
(collection includes among others: Richard Serra, Robert Mangold,

William Wegman)

Banco do Torino, Turin, Italy


2022   NYSS, New-York, NY (2 person exhibition)

2015   Untitled, Miami Beach, Solo Booth, Galerie Richard

2014   Galerie Richard, New York, NY & Paris, France

2011   Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia

2009  Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, Miami, FL
Galerie Richard, Paris, France

2008  Annandale Galleries, Sydney, Australia (catalogue)

2007   Danese Gallery, New York, NY (catalogue)

2006  Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK (catalogue)

2005  Galerie Richard, Paris, France (catalogue)
Mark Moore Gallery, Santa Monica, LA

2004  Reynolds Gallery, Richmond, VA

2003  Feigen Contemporary, New York City

2002  Galerie Schuster & Scheuermann, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany

2001  Galerie Evelyne Canus, Paris, France
Centre d’Art Contemporain Rousilion-Languedoc, France
(3 person exhibition)
Feigen Contemporary, New York City

2000  Centre d’Art d’Ivry, Ivry-sur-Seine, France (catalogue)

1998  Feigen Contemporary, New York City (catalogue)

1997  Peggy Phelps Gallery
Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, Calif. (catalogue)
Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City

1996  Galerie Evelyne Canus, La Colle-sur-Loup, France
Villa Arson, Nice, France
Raffaella Cortese Gallery, Milan Italy

1995  Feigen, Inc., Chicago, Illinois

1994  Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City

1992  Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City



2022   DUAL: Lisa Corinne Davis & Shirley Kaneda, New-York Studio School
The Feminine in Abstract Painting, Curated by Andrea Belag and Jennifer Samet, The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation, New York, NY

2020   Recent Acquisitions, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY
Spring Mixed Show, Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, UK
A Year of Making Meaning, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
Art for Your Collection, Catherine Fosnot Art Gallery and Center, New London, CT

2019  New Skin, Monica King Gallery, New York, NY, curated by Jason Stopa
The Unusual Suspects: A View of Abstraction, Curated by Richard Kalina, DC Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Art, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
Notebook, curated by Joanne Greenbaum, 56 Henry, New York, NY
Works on Paper, Galerie Richard, New York, NY

2017  The Roaming Eye, Curated by Kathleen Kucka and Jennifer Riley, The Shirley Fiterman Art Center, New York, NY

2015  New New York: Abstract painting in the 21st Century the Art Gallery, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Oeuvres, Sur Papier, Galerie Richard, Paris France

2014  (detail) H-Project Space, Bangkok, Thailand
(detail) Transition Gallery, London, UK
(detail) The Usher Gallery, Lincoln, UK
Collection Jacques Arnaudiès, Carré Saint-Anne, Montpelier, France

2013  Entree Libre Mais Non Obligatoire/Noel DollaVilla, Arson, Nice France
Andratx on Paper, CCA Andratx, Majorca, Spain

2012  American Academy Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York, NY

2011  Underwater, Curated by Angela Kingston, Tullie House, Carlisle, UK

2010 Transfontaliers,” Centre Regional d’Art Contemporain de Montbeliard, France
“Un-Titled (Abstraction),” David Richard Contemporary, Sante Fe, NM
Underwater, Curated by Angela Kingston, Spacex, Execter, UK
Underwater, Curated by Angela Kingston,Towner, Deconshire Park, Eastbourne, UK
Oeuveres Sur Papier, Galerie Richard, Paris, France

2009  Larry Bell, Shirley Kaneda & Irene Chou Annadale Galleries, Sydney, Australia
Blue/Art Basel,Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2008  Petits Formats Abstracts,Galerie Richard, Paris, France
Art Basel,Bernard Jacobson Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

2007  Quirky curated by Michael Amy, Westport Arts Center, Westport, CT
Twilight Musings curated by Sherman Sam, One in the Other, London, UK

2006  100 Watercolors, Jeannie Freilich Gallery, New York, NY
Extreme Abstraction, Galerie Richard, Paris, France

2005  Hommage a Matisse, Artiscope, Brussels, Belgium
Adaptation Syndrome, Painting in Contemporary Image Culture
Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA
Couleurs & Formes, Galerie Evelyne Canus, Basel, Switzerland

2004  “Surface Tension” curated by Monon Slome, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

2002  New-Economy Painting curated by Nowell Karten, Acme, Los Angeles, CA

2001  Concepts of Images, Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Salzburg, Austria
“Warped: Painting and the Feminine,” Inside Spaces, London, England
“Warped; Painting and the Feminine”, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, England
(also, Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, and Middlesbrough Art Gallery)

2000  “Campi di Oscillazione” curated by Tiziana Conti, Caraglio, Italy
“Minimal/Maximal”, Feigen Contemporary, New York City
Super-Abster-Action, Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France

1999  Super-Abster-Action, The Box Associati, Turin Italy
Abstract, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria

1998  Exploiting the Abstract
Feigen Contemporary, New York, NY
Painting Objectives, Galerie Evelyne Canus, La Colle-sur-Loup, France
Ornaments, Galerie Haffemann, Weisbaden, Germany
Sick of Photography; A Painting Show, Univ. of Santa Barbara, CA (curated by Michael Darling)

1997  Divergent Models (catalogue), Kunstverein, Weisbaden, Germany
Made in Santa Barbara: Work From The Atelier Richard Tullis,
Channing Peske Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Re:Fab, Painting, Abstracted, Fabricated & Revised (catalogue)
Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Univ. of Vermont, Burlington, VT

1996   Re:Fab, Painting, Abstracted Fabricated & Revised (catalogue)
Wolfson Galleries, Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida
“Face to Face: Recent Abstract Painting” (catalogue), List Visual Arts Center, MIT, Cambridge, MA

1995  Re:Fab, Painting; Abstracted, Fabricated & Revised (catalogue),
Art Museum, Univ. of South Florida, Tampa, Fl.
“Color: Sign, System, Sensibility”, Stark Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Feigen Gallery, Chicago, Ill.
X-Sightings, Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
Auction Benefit, White Columns, New York, NY
Works For A Funhouse, E.S. Vandam, New York, NY

1994  “Painting”, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
Print project, Horodner/Romley Gallery, New York, NY
“Sourballs”, Sue Spaid Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Auction Benefit, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY

1993  “A Sculpture, A Painting, and A Drawing”, Muranushi Lederman Projects, New York, NY
“Medium is the Medium”, Barbara Toll Fine Arts, New York, NY
“Art Is Life”, Museo dell ‘Automobile, Turin, Italy
“Beau Domage”, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Feigen, Inc., Chicago Illinois
“Five Uses of Space” (catalogue), Artiscope, Brussels, Belgium
Benefit Show, White Columns, New York, NY
“Sailing to Byzantium with Disenchantment” (catalogue), Sergio Tossi Gallery, Prato, Italy
“Things to Feast Your Eyes On”, Muranushi/Lederman Projects
“N.Y. Defrost”, The Living Room, Amsterdam, Holland
“Abstrategies; Abstract Painting in the 90’s”, Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin, Florida
“Songs of Retribution”, Richard Anderson Fine Arts, New York, NY

1992  “The Void Each Time”, Galleria In Arco, Turin, Italy (catalogue)
“Shades of Difference”, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY

1991  “Conceptual Abstraction”, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, NY
“In Full Effect” (catalogue), White Columns, New York, NY
“Distraction/Abstraction”, Richard Anderson Gallery, New York, NY
“Just Painting”, Trenkmann Gallery, New York, NY
“Little Things Mean A Lot”, Momentary Modern, Amsterdam, Holland

1990  “The Ends of Painting: The Edges of Abstraction” (catalogue)
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1989  “Painting Between the Sacred and the Profane”, Galerie Rahmel, Cologne, Germany

1988  “Painting: Between Awareness and Desire”, Cyrus Gallery, New York, NY


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