Jerry Kamitaki – WINDOWS 2002 PEACE

Sagacho Archives is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Japanese American artist Jerry Kamitaki, one of Sagacho Exhibit Space’s early artists.
Kamitaki gained a lot of attention at his solo exhibition in Sagacho Exhibit Space in 1984 with his two-dimensional works that fully pursued minimalism, creating a strong impact on his younger generation of artists. In fact, exhibitions by other artists at Sagacho including Satoshi Hata and Toshiya Kobayashi came in response to Jerry Kamitaki’s art which altogether brought a minimalist influence to that period of time.

In this exhibition, Kamitaki will be presenting his new works in Japan for the first time in 30 years. He describes these adventurous two-dimensional works as “drawings”, created by altering pages from Artforum, a contemporary art magazine from New York, which is recognized for its influence in the world’s art trends.

Kamitaki started making these two-dimensional readymades with editorial pages using his wellspring of concepts and his own hands, manipulating the pages into unpredictable surfaces. This group of artwork can be contextualized to Kamitaki’s artistic production so far, as he has used graphite in the past to create a variety of different multi-layered surfaces.

While Kamitaki mentioned how the serialization of the magazines suits his interest, this series of work, on the other hand, suggests how the featured and reproduced artworks in the art magazines tend to be recognized as the only art that exists nowadays.

About the exhibition title “WINDOWS 2002 PEACE”

Kamitaki states that “Windows” are open to good opportunities as well as the bad and unknown. Also for “Peace” – many metaphors and codes are hidden in Kamitaki’s work. In fact, Kamitaki himself was born in “Manzanar War Relocation Center” – a concentration camp in Arizona where Japanese Americans were being incarcerated under the Executive Order 9066 during World War II. Looking at how the current president of the United States is dealing with immigrants from Central and South America, we can perceive how Kamitaki has a great longing for peace.

Exhibition information

November 8, 2019 (Fri) - January 19, 2020 (Sun)
Opening Reception::November 8 (Friday) 18:00 - 20:00
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 13:00 - 19:00
* Our space will be closed from December 23, 2019 (Mon) to January 9, 2020 (Thu) for year-end and new year holidays
sagacho archives
3331 Arts Chiyoda, 6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo, Japan 101-0021


Jerry Kamitaki grew up in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Chouinard Art Institute, he also studied at University of California, Berkeley. Kamitaki spent his time in Japan during the 1980s and moved back to Los Angeles in 1988. He is currently based in New York.

MAYDAY MAYDAY altered page
September 2001 issue
Artforum Magazine
©︎Jerry Kamitaki
Signage design by Taro Matsuyoshi

Major Exhibitions

  • 2019 Sagacho Archives “WINDOWS 2002 PEACE”(Tokyo, Japan)
  • 2012 Gloria Maria Gallery(Milan, Italy)
  • 2011 Gloria Maria Gallery ”WINDOWS 2000”(Milan, Italy)
  • 2000 Staff USA Exhibit Space “WINDOWS 2000” (New York, U.S.A.)
  • 1998 Staff USA Exhibit Space(New York, U.S.A.)
  • 1990 Fred Hoffman Gallery(Santa Monica, U.S.A.)
  • 1988 Hoffman/Borman Gallery(Santa Monica, U.S.A.)
  • 1987 Sagacho Exhibit Space(Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1987 Tamura Gallery(Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1984 Laboratory(Sapporo, Japan)
  • 1984 Sagacho Exhibit Space(Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1983 Luft Space(Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1982 Yamagishi Gallery(Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1982 Komai Gallery(Tokyo, Japan)
  • 1981 Zeit Photo Gallery(Tokyo, Japan)