Artist's Page

Tomoo Gokita

Born in Tokyo, Japan, 1969

Lives and works in Tokyo, Japan

One-Person Exhibitions

Get Down, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
FRESH, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

MOO, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy

Massimo de Carlo, London, UK

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
PEEKABOO, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
HOTEL PARAISO, McNamara Art Projects, Hong Kong, China
SHOP Taka Ishii Gallery, Hong Kong, China

Holy Cow, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Beauty, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

Out of Sight, Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY

Damage Control, Bill Brady Gallery, Miami, FL
Bésame Mucho, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA

Mary Boone Gallery, New York, NY
THE GREAT CIRCUS, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura, Japan

Secret Life, Bill Brady Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Variety Show, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Funland, Aliceday Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
Wildest Dreams, ATM Gallery, New York, NY

Heaven, Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA
Champion Carnival, ATM Gallery, New York, NY

Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Vanity Drunko, Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Drunko, ATM Gallery, New York, NY

Finger Prince, Gallery Trax, Yamanashi, Japan

Black Gainers, Kyoto Art Zone, Kyoto, Japan

Oh! Tengoku, Kirin Plaza Osaka and Nadif Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Merrow Master Cuts Vol. 2, Yasu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Lingerie Wrestling, Shibuya Parco Gallery, Nagoya Parco Gallery, and Fukuoka Atrium, Japan

Gallery Trax, Yamanashi, Japan

Group Exhibitions

New Images of Man, curated by Alison M. Gingeras, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Tableau and Music NEXT, Gallery and Spicyfoods P, Tokyo, Japan
Oketa Collection: A New Decade, curated by Yayoi Kojima, Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
At The Noyes House Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing, The Eliot Noyes House, New Canaan, CT

New Image Portrait, Stems Gallery, curated by Todd Kramer, Brussels, Belgium
MCMXXIV, Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy
Taka Ishii Gallery 25th Anniversary Group Exhibition: Survived!, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Taguchi Collection of 21st Century Art: From Andy Warhol to Yoshitomo Nara, Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
The Ubiquity of Borders: Japanese Contemporary, Gallery Baton, Seoul, South Korea
Taka Ishii gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
The Cosmos of the Takahashi Collection, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto, Kumamoto,
Third Space / Shifting Conversations About Contemporary Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL

The Encyclopedia of Masamichi Katayama: Life is Hard…Let’s Go Shopping Wonderwall, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Moved, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

A Shared Space, Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

‘OK, I’ll rename it’, Bill Brady/KC, Kansas City, MO

Wonderful My Art, Kawaguchiko Museum of Art, Yamanashi, Japan
20th Anniversary Trax Exhibition, Gallery Trax, Yamanashi, Japan

East West Shift to the Middle Part II, Bill Brady KC, Kansas City, MO
The Unseen Relationship: Form and Abstraction, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, Sakura, Japan
Variety Show, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Black and White, Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo, Japan
Akatsuka Fujio Manga University Exhibition, Kyoto International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan
New York Minute Moscow, Garage Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia
Gumption, ZieherSmith, New York, NY
Gateway: Japan, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
FACEMAKER, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA
Nanzuka Underground, Tokyo, Japan 

Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (with Erik Parker)
The Pencil Show, Foxy Production, New York, NY
The Osara Show – Plate Painting by Four Artists, Gallery Target, Tokyo, Japan
Foxy Production, New York, NY
It Ain’t Fair, OHWOW, Miami, FL
Disorder Disorder – Ulterior Motives in Contemporary Art, Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney,
The Franks-Suss Collection, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Bande Annonce II, Aliceday Gallery, Brussels, Belgium
VOCA 2009: The Vision of Contemporary Art, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Stages, OHWOW, Miami, FL
New York Minute, Macro Future Museum, Rome, Italy
Defining a Moment: 25 New York Artists, House of Campari Presents, New York, NY
Ambivalent Figuration; People, Samson Projects, Boston, MA
Mail Order Monsters, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece
Collected Visions, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey
Gallery Trax Selection ’09, Gallery Trax, Yamanashi, Japan

Cabinet of Curiosities, Journal Gallery, New York, NY
Macronauts, Andreas Melas Presents, Athens, Greece
Mail Order Monsters, Deitch Projects, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, Aliceday Gallery, Brussels, Belgium

Trax Selection, Gallery Trax, Yamanashi, Japan

Remarkable Hands, ATM Gallery, New York, NY
Stranger Town, Dinter Fine Art, New York, NY

Psionic Distortion, Super Deluxe, Tokyo, Japan

Lead Poisoning, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Jungle LP Show, Gallery Rocket, Tokyo, Japan 

East Meets West, The Coningsby Gallery, London, UK
Record Shop ‘LOS APSON’, Tokyo, Japan

Group Exhibition, Gallery Speak For, Tokyo, Japan

NYORO-TEN, P-House Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

’90 Contemporary Art Festival, Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan


Gold Prize, The Art Directors Club 80th Annual Awards, New York



Moo. Tokyo: Taka Ishii Gallery, 2021.
Works Copyright. Los Angeles: Blum & Poe, 2021.
Hudson, Suzanne. Contemporary Painting (World of Art). London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2021

Gingeras, Alison M. New Images of Man. Los Angeles: Blum & Poe, 2020. 

PEEKABOO. Tokyo: Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation, 2017.

Holy Cow, Tokyo: Taka Ishii Gallery, 2017.

777, Tokyo: 888 Books, 2015.
Bésame Mucho. Los Angeles: Honor Fraser Gallery, 2015. 

THE GREAT CIRCUS, Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, 2014.

THE HAPPY PIG, New York: Decathlon Books, 2010.
Cum To Me, Dynasty Zine of Greece, 2010.
Shuffle Tetsudo Shoka, Tennen Bunko, 2010.
My Funny Valentine. New York: Seems, 2010.

Ballet, Tokyo: Zine’s Mate, 2009.

Lumen # 01. Tokyo: artbeat publishers, 2006.

Oh! Heaven. Tokyo: artbeat publishers, 2001.

Gokita, Tomoo. Lingerie Wrestling. Tokyo: Little More Books, 2000.

Articles and Reviews

Bogojev, Sasha. “Get Down: Tomoo Gokita @ Dallas Contemporary.”, June 9, 2021.
Ziots, Megan. “3 Dallas-Fort Worth Museum Exhibits to Mark Your Summer Calendar For.”, May 24, 2021.  
Dambrot, Shana Nys. “Beauty Is Everywhere: Arts Calendar May 13-16.”, May 12, 2021.
Almino, Elisa Wouk and Matt Stromberg. “Your Concise Los Angeles Art Guide for May 2021.”, May 4, 2021.
Moore, Charles. “Inside My Collection: James Whitner.”, April 15, 2021.
“Moo by Tomoo Gokita & Retinagazer by Masayuki Shioda at TIG.” Moder-n no. 2 (Winter 2021).

Chandran, Nyshka. “Japanese Artists Compuma and Ken Takehisa Release Ambient Album Inspired by Tea and Sound.”, December 31, 2020.
Spalding, Jill. “Art by Remote: Art Basel Miami Beach.”, December 2020.
Suzuki, Satoshi. “A Conversation with Tomoo Gokita.”, September 12, 2020.
“Gokita, Kusaka, Nara & More: Japanese Artists in Paper Jam.”, February 14, 2020.
Leung, Gabrielle. "Tomoo Gokita Ventures into Painting with Color for First Solo Exhibition in Milan.", March 30, 2020. 
Verzotti, Giorgio. “Tomoo Gokita at Massimo de Carlo.” Artforum vol. 59, no. 2 (Oct/Nov 2020): 224.

“10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions to See in January.” Hong Kong Tatler, January 1, 2019.
Bogojev, Sasha. “Tomoo Gokita: A Big Love.”, November 1, 2019.
Goldstein, Andrew. “7 of the Best Works at Art Basel, from an $18.5 Million Portrait of Giacometti’s Mistress to a White-Hot Painting by a New Market Star.” Artnet News, June 13, 2019.

Bogojev, Sasha. "Life in the Gray: Tomoo Gokita's Debut @ Blum & Poe, Los Angeles.", September 12, 2018.  
Freeman, Jesse. “Peekaboo!” Tokyo Art Beat (blog), May 25, 2018.
Garreffa, Nirvana. “The Surreal Paintings of Tomoo Gokita Inspired by Vintage Playboys.” Hypebeast (blog), January 28, 2018.
Kim, Rebecca. "Tomoo Gokita Opens Exhibition at Blum & Poe Gallery.", September 15, 2018.
Pashaie, Natalie. "Tomoo Gokita: Implicating the Viewer.", October 23, 2018.
“Tomoo Gokita Joins Blum & Poe.”, January 2018.
Tran, John L. “Tomoo Gokita: Exposing the Underbelly of Pop Culture.” Japan Times, May 22, 2018.

Berg, Tatiana. “Must-See Art Guide: Tokyo.” Artnet News, March 16, 2017.
Jansen, Charlotte. “5 Questions with Tomoo Gokita.” Elephant Magazine, March 21, 2017.

Smith, Roberta. “What to See in New York Galleries This Week.” New York Times, October 20, 2016.

Nettleton, Taro. “Tomoo Gokita’s Painterly Coup.” Japan Times, September 11, 2014.
Rian, Jeff. “Visual Essay: Introducing the World of Tomoo Gokita.” Purple Magazine 22 (Fall/Winter 2014): 505-512.

Ng, Elaine W. “Tomoo Gokita: One Thousand Shades of Gray.” Art Asia Pacific (July/August 2015): 60-69.

Laster, Paul “Tomoo Gokita.” Time Out New York, February 6-12, 2014. 32.
Rian, Jeff. “Visual Essay: Introducing the World of Tomoo Gokita.” Purple Fashion (September 2014): 505-512.

Gokita, Tomoo. Interviewed by Steven Cox., 2013. 

Rawlings, Ashley. “Where I Work: Tomoo Gokita.” ArtAsiaPacific 72 (March/April 2011).

Taft, Catherine. “Tomoo Gokita at Honor Fraser.” Artforum 48, no. 6 (February 10): 210.

Brennan, Drury. “Tomoo Gokita: The Grayscale Pleasure of Altered Domesticity.” Flaunt Magazine 104, 2009.
Knight, Christopher. “Tomoo Gokita at Honor Fraser Gallery.” Los Angeles Times, November 27, 2009.
Rosenberg, Karen. “Art in Review: Tomoo Gokita.” New York Times, April 24, 2009.

Eaker, Adam. One to Watch: Tomoo Gokita, ArtKrush, June 2008.

Coomer, Martin. “Introducing: Tomoo Gokita.” Modern Painters (December 2006 – January 2007): 82-83.
Grayson, Kathy. “Tomoo Gokita.” The Journal 21 (2007): 90-100.
Taft, Catherine. “Tomoo Gokita: Vanity Drunko.” Art Review (June 2007): 150.

Smith, Roberta. “Art in Review: Tomoo Gokita.” New York Times, September 15, 2006.

Smith, Roberta. “Invading Genres Breach the Art World’s Porous Borders.” New York Times, March 9, 2005.

Museums and Public Collections

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Oketa Collection
X Museum, Beijing, China

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