The Monograph

The Golden Sea monograph is a beautiful cloth-bound book, embossed with gold detail reminiscent of Fujimura’s Golden Sea painting. Designed by Darilyn Carnes of Abrams Books, it contains images of Fujimura’s paintings throughout his career. Accompanying the images are essays by Dan Siedell, Kei Tatejima, Robert Kushner, Nick Wolterstorff, Gregory Wolfe, Thomas Hibbs, Julie Hamilton, and Roberta Ahmanson.
  • “Golden Sea, a painting that began in a corner of his studio as a means of playful recreation, has become the lens through which to view his entire artistic project. It sets a course for his future work and the technical and vocational decisions he must make each day.”

    — Daniel A. Siedell

  • “There is a recurring theme of displacement and its subsequent resolution in Fujimura’s work ... Nominally, one would think this dislocation would become a potential liability. But here it surges to the surface as one of the greatest assets of this work: candor.”

    — Robert Kushner

  • “Fujimura’s use of materials that alter over time underscores the temporality not just of art but also of nature itself. For Fujimura, the incomplete character of the work of art - its mutability over time, and its failure to instantiate fully what it depicts- is part of the essence of art.”

    — Thomas Hibbs

The Film

Available exclusively through purchase of the Golden Sea monograph, this biographical documentary film made by Plywood Pictures explores Fujimura’s life and how it influenced the evolution of his artwork throughout his career. The film features interviews with Fujimura, as well as his mentor from Tokyo University of the Arts, art historians, gallerists and colleagues. Music for the film was composed by Susie Ibarra and CJ Fujimura. Two other Plywood Pictures documentaries will also be included on the DVD.

The Exhibition

  • Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and the Arts

    Exhibit of painted works

    February 21 — March 8, 2013

  • Dillon Gallery

    Premiere of Golden Sea Documentary Film

    May 9, 2013 - June 8, 2013

  • Anchorage Art Museum

    Screening of Golden Sea Documentary followed by Artist Q&A

    May 4, 2014 4pm

  • Portland Art Museum

    Screening of Golden Sea documentary film and Artist Q&A

    December 6, 2013

  • Baylor University

    Details TBA

    Fall 2015

Makoto Fujimura is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper. A Presidential appointee to the National Council on the Arts from 2003-2009, Fujimura served as an international advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts.

Fujimura’s work is exhibited at galleries around the world, including Dillon Gallery in New York, Sato Museum in Tokyo, The Contemporary Museum of Tokyo, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Museum, Bentley Gallery in Arizona, Gallery Exit and Oxford House at Taikoo Place in Hong Kong, and Vienna’s Belvedere Museum.